McCarthy fires Inniscarra to title
IN the drawn game it went to extra time and a similar scenario seemed set to be enacted with both teams locked together entering the last five minutes of Saturday’s replayed Rebel Óg Premier 1 Minor quarter-final.
On a splendid Clon pitch it was 3-12 apiece before a sideline ball broke into the path of Jack McCarthy who promptly dispatched the ball to the net with Olan Barry pointed in injury time to give the winners an extension to their season.
Like the previous encounter, there was little between two combative sides with Carrigaline getting the first goal in a high scoring affair when Shane Moran availed of a defensive error to ease his side 1-1 to 0-1 clear.
Slowly the divisional side got their act together and winning a number of the opposition’s kick outs they capitalised on one of them when Cormac Whelan gained possession before placing Owen Power for a major that put them two points clear entering the second quarter.
With Rory O’Driscoll prominent the losers kept up the pressure and a point from Power was quickly followed by a goal from Whelan. Although the points flowed the goals dried up temporarily as both defences, where blockdowns were executed, closed ranks for the remainder of a half that had Beara 2-7 to 1-5 to the good on the changeover.
That advantage was cut by the winners, courtesy of a goal from substitute Ryan O’Regan before they went back in front in the 49th minute when Olan Barry dispatched a penalty after Mark Brosnan had been upended going through.
A fine solo goal from Jason Harrington was followed by a pointed free from Jamie O’Neill to enable Beara get back on terms before the winner’s final scoring burst. INNISCARRA created history yesterday afternoon at Páirc Uí Rinn, as they were crowned County U21 A hurling champions for the first time after overcoming Fermoy in the decider.
Overall, Inniscarra were deserving winners despite going down to 14 early on, with their forwards all contributing massively. Fermoy were too reliant on Eric Delaney, and the latter had to go off injured just after the third quarter, which didn’t help their cause.
It took Fermoy 29 minutes to score from play, which came from Shane O’Keeffe. Fermoy were aided by a strong wind in the first-half, but it was the Muskerry champions that started brightly.
Goalkeeper John Wales made two point-blank saves from Tomás O’Connor and Owen McCarthy in quick succession. Both sides traded points until Inniscarra were reduced to 14 players, midfielder Liam Ryan received a straight red after seven minutes for an off the ball incident.
Delaney converted a free for Fermoy, but a brace of Sean O’Donoghue frees pushed Inniscarra ahead after the first-quarter, 0-3 to 0-2. Inniscarra were unaffected by the red card, with their distribution into the forwards top quality, and they scored three white flags without reply, Tomás O’Connor, Sean O’Donoghue and Owen McCarthy all with one each.
The aforementioned Delaney once again sent over a free, but Inniscarra were well on top at this stage, and the winners sent over two efforts from Owen McCarthy and Sean O’Donoghue: 0-8 to 0-3 after 25 minutes.
The Avondhu kingpins pointed twice without reply, as a Delaney free and a Shane O’Keeffe effort kept their side in touch. Tomás O’Connor, who had an outstanding game at wing-forward for Inniscarra, dissected the posts from an acute angle, with the half-time whistle sounding soon after, 0-9 to 0-5 at half-time.
There was a sense that Fermoy needed a goal to stay in the game. The second-half was only 140 seconds old when Fermoy captain Shane Aherne was pulled down in the penalty box, Delaney stepped up to bury the ball into the back of the net. Tomás O’ Connor raised two white flags, as the Ballyanly side responded magnificently to the goal.
Fermoy were not going away, and there was only a point between the sides after 40 minutes, as Delaney and Dale Dawson pointed. 0-11 to 1-7.
Fermoy were having their best spell of the game, but received a suckerpunch, as Inniscarra captain Podge O’ Donoghue, sent in a teasing ball into the penalty box from a sideline cut, Owen McCarthy, got a vital flick on the ball, and it went into the net. A crucial moment in the proceedings. O’Donoghue converted a placed ball for the winners, as they led 1-12 to 1-7 after the third quarter.
Fermoy battled gamely, and with seven minutes remaining, they were well in the contest, trailing only by three points, 1-13 to 1-10. Shane Aherne and Dale Dawson were instrumental figures in Fermoy’s revival. Inniscarra were very intelligent in their play, avoiding Fermoy’s extra man in defence, and the Muskerry side finished powerfully in the closing stages.
Inniscarra scored five of the final six points. Owen McCarthy and Stephen Dornan with two each, while Sean O’Donoghue tapped over a close-range free. Dale Dawson with Fermoy’s point, as their brave fight petered out.
There were no complaints at the final whistle, as Inniscarra ran out deserving winners. Inniscarra had a better balance as their defence was also on song, with Ciaran Lombard, David O’Carroll and Con O’Leary particularly effective.
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The Inniscarra players celebrate after beating Fermoy in the Cork County U21 A HC final yesterday. It marked a great season for the club, who also captured a Premier 2 minor title. Picture: Eddie O’Hare
Inniscarra’s Tomás O’Connor, who scored five points, goes high with Fermoy’s Shane Aherne.
Inniscarra players celebrate at the final whistle after beating Fermoy.