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Cork senior star's goal makes the difference in SFC final replay

Barry O’Driscoll’s score was crucial as his club won their 19th senior county title this afternoon.

Nemo Rangers' goalscorer Barry O'Driscoll in pursuit of David Limrick of Castlehaven.
Nemo Rangers' goalscorer Barry O'Driscoll in pursuit of David Limrick of Castlehaven.
Image: Ken Sutton/INPHO

Nemo Rangers 1-10
Castlehaven 0-11

A GOAL FROM Barry O’Driscoll was key as Nemo Rangers won a record 19th Cork SFC title by overcoming Castlehaven in today’s final replay at Páirc Uí Rinn.

The Haven, seeking their third title in four years, led by 0-9 to 0-6 at the three-quarter mark but O’Driscoll’s goal, when he touched in Conor Horgan’s handpass across goal, levelled and then James Masters converted a free immediately afterwards.

Captain Paul Kerrigan put them two ahead and, though Stephen Hurley and Chris Hayes tied matters again, Nemo had the momentum in the closing stages. Masters’ second point, after good work by Horgan and Peter Morgan, put them in front again and deep in injury time, Kerrigan was fouled and sent the free over himself to ensure the Andy Scannell Cup was coming back to Capwell.

Like last week’s 0-10 each draw, the first half ebbed and flowed, but a Brian Hurley free and then an unfortunate ‘own point’ from Nemo’s Aidan O’Reilly meant that the Haven led by 0-7 to 0-5 at half-time.

While Kerrigan pointed upon the resumption, they would endure 15 scoreless minutes as the Haven threatened to pull clear. Another Hurley free was followed a lovely move which saw Mark Collins play Stephen Hurley in. He went for goal but Micheál Martin saved brilliantly and Brian Hurley’s follow-up was deflected wide.

When goalkeeper Paudie Hurley took his 45 short to Mark Collins, his point opened up a three-point lead, the biggest of the game up until then, but Nemo were not going to lie down easily.

Paul Kerrigan lifts the trophy Nemo Rangers captain Paul Kerrigan lifts the cup. Source: Ken Sutton/INPHO

Scorers for Nemo Rangers: Paul Kerrigan 0-4 (0-2 frees), Barry O’Driscoll 1-1, James Masters 0-2 (0-1 free), Dylan Mehigan, Conor Horgan, Alan Cronin 0-1 each

Scorers for Castlehaven: Brian Hurley 0-3 (frees), Mark Collins 0-2, Chris Hayes, Stephen Hurley, Seán Cahalane, Conor Cahalane, Darragh Cahalane 0-1 each, 0-1 own point

Nemo Rangers

1. Micheál Martin

4. Alan Cronin
3. Ciarán O’Shea
2. Aidan O’Reilly

7. Kevin Fulignati
6. Tomás Ó Sé
9. Alan O’Donovan

8. David Niblock
19. Michael Dorgan

12. Dylan Mehigan
11. Barry O’Driscoll
14. Paul Kerrigan

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22. Conor Horgan
27. Luke Connolly
10. Colin O’Brien

Subs:

15. Ciarán Dalton for Connolly (12, injured)
13. James Masters for Mehigan (42)
20. Peter Morgan for Dorgan (56)

Castlehaven

1. Paudie Hurley

5. Roland Whelton
3. David Limrick
4. Tom O’Leary

6. Damien Cahalane
7. Chris Hayes
2. John O’Regan

19. Dermot Hurley
9. Seán Dineen

8. Mark Collins
12. Seán Cahalane
23. Conor Cahalane

14. Brian Hurley
20. Darragh Cahalane
15. Michael Hurley

Subs:

11. Stephen Hurley for Darragh Cahalane (39)
10. Stephen Collins for Hayes (59)
13. Shane Nolan for Seán Cahalane (60)

Referee: James Bermingham (Bride Rovers)

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