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Connolly goals inspire Blackrock and Glen Rovers overcome Horgan red card in Cork action

Blackrock ran out ten-point victors over Douglas while Glen Rovers defeated Imokilly today.

Alan Connolly hit key goals for Blackrock today.
Alan Connolly hit key goals for Blackrock today.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Updated Oct 24th 2021, 6:24 PM

CHAMPIONS BLACKROCK WERE inspired by two goals from Alan Connolly while Glen Rovers overcame the sending-off of Patrick Horgan, as both sides booked their places in the semi-finals of the Cork premier senior hurling championship today.

In a quarter-final double-header at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Blackrock ran out 3-16 to 1-12 victors over Douglas in the first game while Glen Rovers defeated Imokilly 1-15 to 1-14 in a dramatic second clash. 

Blackrock now play Midleton in the semi-finals while Glen Rovers will take on Sarsfields. 

Blackrock endured a slow start in the opener but came good before half-time before dominating the second half against Douglas.

The game turned before the break with Connolly smashing home his first goal in the 29th minute, Blackrock availing of the opening despite Douglas defender Mark Harrington seemingly fouled in the build-up, and then Douglas were reduced to 14 men after Cork footballer Brian Hartnett was sent-off.

Blackrock were ahead 1-6 to 0-7 at half-time, a response after they trailed 0-5 to 0-2 at the first water break with Douglas making the early running. Connolly’s second goal in the 34th minute enabled them move ahead 2-11 to 0-11 at the water break.

Douglas got some brief hope when Brian Turnbull raised a green flag in the third quarter but Robbie Cotter rounded off Blackrock’s performance when he fired in their third goal late on.

patrick-horgan Patrick Horgan (file photo). Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Patrick Horgan struck home a brilliant early goal and was shown a red card in the first half of the clash between Glen Rovers and Imokilly, his dismissal arriving after an off-the-ball incident. Shane O’Regan found the net for the divisional team in a game where they were in front 1-8 to 1-7 at the break.

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14-man Glen Rovers fought hard in the second half with Imokilly also seeing a player shown a red card when John Cronin was sent to the line. Simon Kennefick proved the Glen hero with his injury-time winning point edging them clear.

Sarsfields qualified for the semi-finals directly as the best group winner while East Cork rivals Midleton joined them when they defeated Erins Own 0-23 to 0-19 in the first quarter-final on Friday night in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Cork Premier SHC quarter-final results

  • Blackrock 3-16 Douglas 1-12
  • Glen Rovers 1-15 Imokilly 1-14

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