Youghal go down after loss to ’Barrs
ST FINBARR’S put Youghal’s hopes of remaining in the top tier of Cork hurling to the sword on Saturday afternoon. The game was played at a rainy and heavy Castlemartyr.
The men from Togher won by the narrowest of margins, in the Cork SHC relegation playoff. Now, Youghal will play Premier Intermediate hurling next year, despite a rallying comeback in the dying minutes.
Youghal started brightly, with an early Andrew Joyce point, from play. They had a gilt-edged goal chance in the fourth minute, but failed to score. From the cleared ball, Eoghan Finn hit over a monster point. That levelled matters.
Conditions were very difficult, but both sides tried to play the game at pace. After seven minutes, James Goggin’s point put St Finbarr’s ahead.
Frees are vital at this level, and when Ian Lordan struck over the first of his five firsthalf frees, you could tell the corner forward wasn’t going to miss much.
Then, in the 14th minute, Youghal got a lucky break. Brendan Ring fired in the free from 55 metres out and it deceived everyone, including St Finbarr’s keeper, Shane Hurley, and nestled in the net.
St Finbarr’s responded with five unanswered scores and, as the sides exchanged two scores each, late on, St Finbarr’s led by four points at the break.
Youghal’s intensity rose significantly in the second-half, even though they conceded a 35th-minute goal. As the game wore on, Youghal came back with point after point to be within three points.
And when Brendan Ring bustled the ball into the Barrs goal, in the 62nd minute, the game looked destined for a replay, until two minutes later, when Ian Lordan struck over the ball from distance to break Youghal hearts.