Nemo and Carbery Rangers in impressive form as they reach Cork Championship semi-final

Castlehaven also move in to the final four and are searching for their third senior county championship in four years.

Brian Hurley in action during Castlehaven's 2013 run to glory.
Brian Hurley in action during Castlehaven's 2013 run to glory.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Castlehaven 1-14

Ballincollig 1-11

BALLINCOLLIG’S REIGN AS Cork senior football champions ended at the quarter-final stage in Dunmanway on Saturday as 2012 and ’13 champions Castlehaven advanced to the last four.

A personal haul of 1-6 from Cork star Brian Hurley, who had missed the Haven’s fourth-round win over St Finbarr’s due to suspension, was key in securing the victory but the west Cork side also had excellent displays from his brothers Michael and Stephen, Mark Collins, Seán Dineen and Chris Hayes.

While Cian Dorgan’s early penalty had put Ballincollig 1-1 to 0-3 ahead, Castlehaven were sharper in the opening period and opened a 1-6 to 1-2 when Brian Hurley flicked Hayes’ delivery home.

That four-point lead still pertained at half-time, Castlehaven 1-7 to 1-3 in front, but Ballincollig came out with renewed vigour at the start of the second half. Twice they put together three-points bursts to bring themselves to within a point, with John Miskella, Seán Kiely and Patrick Kelly exerting influence, but the Haven summoned a response each time, with Michael Hurley kicking some excellent long-range points.

The lead was two points, 1-13 to 1-11, when Castlehaven were awarded a penalty as the game moved into injury time. Brian Hurley opted to take a point and it proved to be the final action, with a semi-final awaiting against neighbours O’Donovan Rossa.

Nemo Rangers 5 – 11

St Nicholas 0 – 3

Nemo Rangers scorched through to the last four with a 5-11 to 0-3 win against St Nicholas at Páirc Uí Rinn.

Paul Kerrigan with team-mates File photo of Paul Kerrigan and his Nemo Rangers. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

A first-half hat-trick of goals from Paul Kerrigan was added to by a green flag by Barry O’Driscoll as Steven O’Brien’s side amassed a 4-3 to 0-0 interval lead. While Barry O’Donovan did get Nick’s off the mark in the 40th minute, Nemo were in target-practice mode now and sub Conor Horgan made a claim for a starting spot as he scored 1-2 in the second half.

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Carbery Rangers 1 – 16

Duhallow 1 – 7

Carbery Rangers were impressive in seeing off Duhallow in the second game of the Páirc Uí Rinn double-header.

The Rosscarbery outfit kept the north-western division scoreless in the opening 22 minutes as they scored 1-6 of their own. John O’Rourke provided with the goal, the Cork star would finish with 1-5 while Alan Jennings, Kevin MacMahon and John Hayes also catching the eye on the scoring front.

By half-time, the lead was 1-8 to 0-2 but, while Donncha O’Connor did get a Duhallow goal early in the second half, they then lost the key attacker to a second booking and six points was the closest they came after two David Scannell points.

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