ON a super Sunday of hurling championship action, great rivals Glen Rovers and Na Piarsaigh meet in the unusual setting of Carrigtwohill.
The Glen are looking for a win to make the knockout stages have lost to Erin's Own in their opener before bouncing back against Bishopstown. Na Piarsaigh could technically progress on scoring difference if they win by 10 points and the Town lose to Erin's Own but avoiding a relegation playoff is also a concern.
The Glen have been far more consistent than Piarsaighs lately, county champions in 2015 and '16, they also made the final in '14, '19 and the past two seasons.
Piarsaigh knocked out a three-in-a-row chasing Glen at Páirc Uí Rinn in 2017, with Padraig Guest converting the winning free in the eighth minute of injury time.
Guest nailed the key score but goalkeeper Paul O’Sullivan had denied Mark Dooley a certain goal with a brilliant save late on.
A first-half burst of 1-6 was crucial for the underdogs, Shane Forde goaling, before the Glen rallied and Conor Dorris tied the game 0-12 to 1-9.
Na Piarsaigh got the better of Bandon in the quarter-final before falling short against Blackrock. Imokilly then defeated the Rockies to secure the first of three successive counties.
P Guest 0-7 (0-6 f), S Forde 1-0, D Lee 0-2, A Hogan, P Gould, C Buckley 0-1 each.
P Horgan 0-8 (0-5 f, 0-1 sl), C Dorris 0-2, B Moylan, G Callanan, D Noonan, M Dooley 0-1 each.
P O’Sullivan; A Brady, E Gunning, E Moynihan (c); A Dennehy, K Forde, C Buckley; C Joyce, A Hogan; A Dennehy, D Lee, K Buckley; P Gould, S Forde, P Guest.
P O’Rourke for Forde (37), E Sheehan for Hogan (53), E Hanifin for Gould (60).
C Hickey; D Dooling, S McDonnell, A Lynch; A O’Donovan, B Moylan, G Callanan (c); D Cronin, D Noonan; D Brosnan, P Horgan, E O’Connell; C Dorris, M Dooley, D Busteed.
D Cunningham for Busteed (h-t), G Kennefick for O’Connell (36).
N Wall (Carrigaline).
The Glen hadn't beaten their neighbours since 2008 before they ruthlessly secured top seeding and a place in the Premier SHC semi-finals two years ago when Covid restrictions left Páirc Uí Rinn deserted.
Patrick Horgan hit 0-13, though a penalty effort struck the post and went wide, while Simon Kennefick grabbed 1-4 and Rob Downey added 1-1.
Former Cork underage hurler Evan Sheehan was Piarsaigh's go-to forward, finishing with 0-9, five from play.
Rovers subsequently beat Erin's Own in the last four but were edged out by Blackrock after extra time in the county final.
P Horgan 0-13 (0-10 f), S Kennefick 1-4, R Downey 1-1, D Brosnan, L Coughlan, M Dooley 0-1 each.
E Sheehan 0-9 (0-4 f), S Forde, C Hanifin, G Joyce 0-1 each.
C Hickey; S McDonnell, D Dooling, A Lynch; R Downey, B Moylan, D Noonan; D Cronin, A O’Donovan; D Brosnan, P Horgan, M Dooley; C Dorris, S Kennefick, L Coughlan.
D Tynan for Dooley (42-47, blood), L Horgan for Coughlan (47).
L Donovan; A Dennehy, K Power, C Buckley; G Joyce, C Joyce, D Connery; K Forde, K Buckley; C Hanifin, E Sheehan, K Moynihan; D Gunning, P Guest, S Forde.
E Hanifin for Gunning (43), G Healy for Buckley (46), D Lee for Moynihan (51), D Maguire for C Hanifin (60).
C Lane (Banteer).