With the original competition format having seen a situation where third-placed sides could advance to the quarter-finals, the shorter timeframe as a result of Covid-19 saw a change, meaning that only the top two teams would advance.
Even after a second Hanlon goal and points from Coleman and Patrick Crowley, they still trailed by three and Dorgan made that four as the game moved into injury time. A Coleman free made it a one-score game and then Blarney got the bit of magic they needed, with Crowley firing through a sea of bodies to get their third goal, tying the game at 1-19 to 3-13. It seemed as if extra time would be needed but Blarney weren’t finished and when Peter Philpott and Joe Jordan ensured they won possession from the puckout, Power landed the winner to complete an epic fightback.
The lead was extended further as Coleman sent over two frees to make it 1-14 to 0-7 and it was 1-17 to 0-11 by the time of the second-half water-break.
With such a talent allied to exciting attacking options, they will have nothing to fear in senior A.