Murphy’s leveller forces a replay
WHILE it wasn’t the highest scoring game last Saturday night, Killavullen and Sarsfields did provide an entertaining Cork Junior B Inter-Divisional Hurling final at Páirc Uí Rinn.
The sides will have to do it all over again with Timmy Murphy rescuing the tie for Sarsfields with a last-minute free. Both sides will have their regrets from the game but will be happy to battle it out another day. Sarsfields had the better of general play and created more chances, but were wasteful at times.
In the early stages of the first-half, they struck seven successive wides in as many minutes, although conditions and the opposing defence did ensure that no scores would be easy.
Killavullen had the trophy in one hand on a few occasions. While they weren’t as dominant around the middle of the field, they were very lively in front of goal, as their two goals attest to.
They had further chances, particularly a Barry Walsh penalty that was well saved by the Sars keeper Cathal Duggan. Killavullen also held a late three-point lead but were unable to hold out with the sending off of midfielder Ian O’Gorman 10 minutes from the end proving crucial.
Timmy Murphy had the last piece of action with the match-saving free for Sarsfields, and he also started the game in a similar manner with the first score.
This was quickly followed up by a Daniel O’Mahony free before Killavullen created their first chance. Charlie Lillis raced down the left touchline and his shot was deflected into the back of the net off a Sarsfields’ stick with Barthly Hayes applying pressure to put the Avondhu side a point up.
After that whirlwind start within four minutes, Sarsfields then dominated territory and possession. They created chance after chance but struck seven successive wides.
The Killavullen defence ensured they had no chances from close in and eventually they lifted the siege, albeit striking two wides themselves. Eoghan Buckley then went on a great one through the middle for Killavullen and the ball eventually found Barry Murphy around the 21-metre line and he struck a firm shot into the roof of the net. Murphy added two further points in the half. David Crowley eventually ended Sarsfields’ 17-minute scoring drought with a point and further well-worked scores from Timmy Murphy and Edward Gaffey left the score at 2-2 to 0-5 in Killavullen’s favour at the break.
The Glanmire side started the second half strongly, scoring four successive points. Two of them were sublime strikes worthy of any stage.
Shane O’Driscoll showed great stickwork before striking a sublime effort from 50 metres out while substitute Shane Garvey had a great hit on the turn from long-range.
Having got back into the lead it looked as if Sars may pull ahead but Killavullen levelled through Liam Cronin. Barthly Hayes then raced in on goal but was hauled down as his kicked attempt went across the face of the goal. Cathal Duggan saved the resultant penalty before Patrick Egan put Killavullen in front.
A firm strike saw Ian O’Gorman sent to the sideline with 10 minutes remaining but Killavullen were able to pull three points ahead with two frees from Cronin.
Sarsfields cut the lead back through Dylan Walsh and with an extra man they were applying severe pressure. They missed two frees going into injury time but Daniel O’Mahony reduce the gap to the bare minimum in the first of two additional minutes.
They had another chance to run at the Killavullen defence and after their player was wrestled to the ground, Murphy’s free saw Sarsfields’ earn the draw.
Sarsfields’ Shane Garvey shoots from Killavullen’s Pa Sheehan during the inter-divisional JBHC final at Páirc Uí Rinn.
Sarsfields’ Shane O’Driscoll, minus his hurl, tussles with Killavullen’s Eoghan Buckley in the JBHC final.
Killavullen’s Gary Lane gets away from Sarsfields’ Cian Darcy at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday evening.