Our Intermediate hurlers just did about enough to advance to the next round of the championship when they overcame a second half St. Finbarr’s rally, at Rathcormac, last Monday evening. The final score-line read Kildorrery 2-13 St. Finbarr’s 0-17. However, they can thank, in no small way the dramatic injury time save by our goalie, Ian Butler.
Kildorrery got a dream start to this game when they had a goal and a point on the board with little more than a minute played. At the end of the first quarter, only the goal separated the sides due to Kildorrery’ s concession of frees which the ‘Barr’s marksman easily converted 0-4 to 1-4. Jerry McCarthy with his second point, and a point each from Peter O’Brien and James O’Sullivan had them 1-7 to 0-8 ahead at the interval. Significantly, only one of the St.Finbarr’s points came from play in this first half.
However, after the restart, Kildorrery’s lead was short-lived and within ten minutes of the second half, they trailed 1-7 to 0-12. Peter with three points, a ‘65’ and two frees and Finbarr Stapleton from play had them level again by the forty eighth minute 1-11 to 0-14. The losers went one ahead before substitute, Stevie Coughlan finished Peter’s, uncharacteristically mis-hit free, to the back of the St. Finbarr’s net with less than six minutes of normal time remaining. Peter added a point to which the ‘Barr’s replied from a free and added another just two minutes from the end of normal time. Just on the stroke of sixty minutes Peter had another point from play. Then in the 65 th minute St. Finbarr’s final rally ended with the afore-mentioned brilliant save from Ian and Kildorrery live to fight another day.
Team and scorers: Ian Butler, Tom Monaghan Shane Fitzgerald, Cormac O’Baoill, Sean Kelly, Michael Walsh, Willie Coffey, James O’Sullivan 0-1, Andrew O’Brien 0-1, Jerry McCarthy 0-2, Peter O’Brien 0-7 (0-4fs, 0-1 ‘65’), James Keating, Finbarr Stapleton 1-2, Eamonn O’Connor, Shane O’Neill. Subs. Dylan Kent for J.McCarthy (inj), Darren McNamara for S. Fitzgerald. Stevie Coughlan for A. O’Brien.
The Club’s next fortnightly lotto draw will be for a jackpot of €10,600, at Ollie’s Bar, this Saturday night.
Sympathy is extended this week to the Fouhy family, Meadstown, on the recent death of Catherines’s mother and to the family and relatives of the late John Lane, Mitchelstown. Ar dheis De go raibh a n-anamacha.
The Avondhu,22nd June 2017