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Dublin: 11°C Friday 26 February 2021

Mark Collins the penalty shootout hero as Castlehaven and Nemo set to meet in Cork final

The final is scheduled for next Sunday afternoon.

Image: Ken Sutton/INPHO

CORK FOOTBALLER MARK Collins was the hero as he shot his club Castlehaven into the county’s premier senior football decider tonight in a dramatic semi-final success over St Finbarr’s.

Collins converted the spot kick in sudden death of the penalty shootout that decided a game which could not produce a winner over the course of 90 minutes of action.

Earlier Collins had scored a penalty in the regulation part of the shootout before his second converted strike sealed a 4-3 win for Castlehaven and sets up a final against old rivals Nemo Rangers.

And it was Collins who nailed the free in the closing stages of extra-time to save Castlehaven and send the teams to a shootout as it finished 1-13 apiece.

Defeat was rough justice on a St Finbarr’s team who contributed much to a pulsating spectacle that featured two red cards with Roland Whelton (Castlehaven) and Eoghan McGreevey (St Finbarr’s) both dismissed in the second half of normal time after a fracas had developed.

Steven Sherlock was in excellent scoring form for the Barrs’ as he hit 1-9, drilling home a first-half goal and converting a free deep into injury-time to leave it 1-11 each as the action went into extra-time. Moments before Brian Hurley looked to have scored the winner, firing over a stunning sideline kick with the outside of his right boot from 40 yards.

Castlehaven enjoyed an interval lead of 0-8 to 1-4 before Sherlock inspired St Finbarr’s to take over. Conor Cahalane banged home a goal for the ‘Haven before extra-time was needed when Hurley and Sherlock swapped those points.

Earlier reigning champions Nemo Rangers won out narrowly by 0-14 to 2-7 against divisional outfit Duhallow, a repeat of last year’s final, with Mark Cronin their hero as he grabbed the winning point.

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Moments before Duhallow had tied the game in Páirc Uí Rinn with Mark Ellis netting but it was Cronin who then popped up with the vital score. Duhallow were ahead 0-6 to 0-5 at the break and Seamus Hickey struck their first goal after the interval.

But Nemo ensured they will contest the final thanks to their capacity to kick points with Cronin (0-4), Paul Kerrigan (0-3) and Conor Horgan (0-2) to the fore.

Cork Premier SFC Semi-Final Results

  • Nemo Rangers 0-14 Duhallow 2-7
  • St Finbarr’s 1-13 Castlehaven 1-13 (after extra-time) (Castlehaven win penalty shootout 4-3)

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