Youghal go down af­ter loss to ’Barrs

Irish Examiner - County - - Sport - Derek Kiely

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.

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