Mur­phy’s lev­eller forces a re­play

Irish Examiner - County - - Sport - Eolan Allen

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.

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