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Huge day for Waterford football as The Nire take Carbery scalp to book Munster final place

Dual star Conor Gleeson shines as The Nire set up decider against Dr Crokes.

Conor Gleeson skips past Chris O'Donovan: Gleeson finished with 0-5 for the Nire.
Conor Gleeson skips past Chris O'Donovan: Gleeson finished with 0-5 for the Nire.
Image: Ken Sutton/INPHO

The Nire (Waterford) 2-15

Carbery Rangers (Cork) 1-13

(after extra time)

WATERFORD CHAMPIONS THE Nire reached a second AIB Munster Club SFC final in three years as they overturned a six-point second-half deficit to defeat Carbery Rangers after extra time in Clonakilty on Sunday.

Having led by 1-6 to 0-4 at half-time, the Cork champions moved 1-8 to 0-5 ahead on the resumption following points from Kieran Fitzpatrick and Jerry O’Riordan, but The Nire began to get a grip at midfield.

They were boosted as Liam Lawlor goal for them on 39 after the excellent Conor Gleeson had hit the crossbar with a shot, and Brian Wall, brilliant from frees throughout, and Gleeson narrowed the gap.

A flurry of three consecutive points between the 47th and 55th minutes, two Wall frees sandwiching Gleeson’s third, had them ahead. Though John Hayes levelled at 1-10 each for the Rosscarbery side, Gleeson responded but deep in injury time Séamus Hayes fisted over after a delivery by his brother John broke inside.

Brian Shanahan’s fourth point put Carbery Rangers ahead in the first minute of extra time but it was to be the last time they led. After points from Darren Guiry and sub Jake Mulcahy put The Nire back in front, their lead became four when Shane Walsh pounced on a defensive error to keep his composure and slot home.

In the second period of extra time, with The Nire 2-15 to 1-12 ahead, Kieran Fitzpatrick looked to set to pull a goal back for Ross but Tommy Wall saved heroically, though he injured himself in the process and had to be replaced.

With no further goal chances accruing, Carbery Rangers could only find one more point – from John Hayes, whose early goal had put them in a great position – and so The Nire advanced to meet Dr Crokes in the final.

Scorers for The Nire: Brian Wall 0-6 (0-5 frees), Conor Gleeson 0-5, Liam Lawlor, Shane Walsh 1-0 each, Darren Guiry 0-2 (0-1 free), Dylan Guiry, Jake Mulcahy 0-1 each.

Scorers for Carbery Rangers: John Hayes 1-3 (0-3 frees), Brian Shanahan 0-4 (0-2 frees), Brian Hodnett 0-2, Jerry O’Riordan, Kevin MacMahon, Kieran Fitzpatrick, Séamus Hayes 0-1 each.

The Nire

1. Tommy Wall

3. Tom O’Gorman
5. James McGrath
7. Jamie Barron

12. Shane Ryan
2. Justin Walsh
18. Dermot Ryan

8. Shane Walsh
9. Dylan Guiry

11. Brian Wall
10. Séamus Lawlor
20. Craig Guiry

15. Conor Gleeson
13. Liam Lawlor
14. Darren Guiry

Subs:

17. Keith Guiry for Craig Guiry (51)
19. Jake Mulcahy for Lawlor (57)
13. Lawlor for Brian Wall (60, injured)
21. Conal Mulcahy for Justin Walsh (77, injured)
16. Diarmuid Murphy for Tommy Wall (77, injured)
22. Kenny Brazil for Lawlor (80)

Carbery Rangers

16. Ronan Milner

5. Jerry O’Riordan
3. Thomas O’Rourke
2. Micheál Kelly

18. Stephen Murray
6. Robbie Kiely
7. Pádraig Hodnett

8. Brian Shanahan
9. James Fitzpatrick

10. Alan Jennings
12. Kevin MacMahon
21. Brian Hodnett

13. Chris O’Donovan
20. Cathal O’Rourke
15. John Hayes

Subs:

4. Rob Hegarty for Murray (15, injured)
11. Kieran Fitzpatrick for Cathal O’Rourke (half-time)
14. Séamus Hayes for O’Donovan (44)
17. Michael Mennis for Jennings (45)
19. Anthony Roche for Kelly (49)
23. Mark Ronan for Thomas O’Rourke (58)
2. Kelly for Pádraig Hodnett (68)
10. Jennings for Brian Hodnett (half-time in extra time)
13. O’Donovan for Mennis (72, black card)

Referee: Pádraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)

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