AN enthralling Cork County senior hurling semi-final replay at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday night ended with Imokilly making it through to their first final since 1998.
They were worthy winners, thanks to the excellence of their big guns, Seamus Harnedy and Paudie O'Sullivan in attack, and Brian Lawton at midfield, after a rollercoaster of a game. The final score was 4-17 to 4-10 but the divisional unit, who last lifted the county in 1998, were pushed all the way across a manic second half.
Harnedy and O’Sullivan lashed in four goals between them, two apiece while Lawton took the game by the scruff of the neck when it was most needed while honourable mention must go too to young gun Ger Millerick, who curbed Daniel Kearney's impact in the second half, and wing-back John Cronin.
Sars made a major contribution, and led 1-8 to 1-7 at the break, though they did score a couple of bizarre goals, one after Colm Barry's handpass eluded keeper Deccie Dalton, and another when Sars' number one Alan Kennedy let fly for a point from 35 metres and it whizzed all the way to the net. Even in defeat some of their rookies like Eoghan Murphy, Jack O'Connor and Paul Leopold battled until the end.
As has been the case for Imokilly all season their defence coughed up too many opportunities on the night, but their firepower is incredible. Blackrock have been warned ahead of Sunday's decider at 4pm in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.