ELEVEN POINTS FROM Stephen Sherlock saw St Finbarr’s through to a second straight Cork SFC final as they overcame Carbery Rangers in Sunday’s semi-final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
The 2016 champions had looked well in control as they led by 0-8 to 0-4 at half-time, John O’Rourke scoring two while Sherlock had all of the Barrs’ scores, but the second half was a complete turnaround.
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While points from Alan Jennings and Jerry O’Riordan kept the Rosscarbery side in front as Ian Maguire, Colin Lyons and Eoghan McGreevey had scores for the Barrs, four in a row from Sherlock around the three-quarter mark put the southsiders in front for the first time and they wouldn’t cede the advantage after that.
Though John Hayes ended a 14-minue scoreless spell for Ross, Michael Shields and Eoghan Finn extended the lead for the Barrs and Sherlock had two late points after Mark Hodnett had reduced the deficit to a point.
St Finbarr’s will have to wait until next weekend to find out their opponents in the decider after Castlehaven staged a remarkable fightback to draw 0-15 each with Duhallow in the first semi-final at Cork GAA headquarters.
Despite not sparkling, the Haven managed to draw level at 0-5 each by half-time thanks to late points from Michael Hurley and Seán Dineen, but the north-western divisional side got firmly on top after the resumption.
Points from Eoghan McSweeney, Séamus Hickey, Donncha O’Connor and Anthony O’Connor moved them into a 0-15 to 0-8 lead with four minutes of normal time left, the Haven down to 14 men by that stage.
However, seven straight points – four from Mark Collins, who finished with nine, and one each by Damien Cahalane, Brian Hurley and sub James Davis, who got the 67th-minute equaliser, ensured that the sides must meet again.
Cork senior football semi-final results
Duhallow 0-15 Castlehaven 0-15
St Finbarr’s 0-15 Carbery Rangers 0-12
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