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Reigning Munster champs Nemo held to 0-4 as Castlehaven knock them out in Cork quarter-final

Nemo Rangers were knocked out as Carbery Rangers, St Finbarr’s and Duhallow also progressed this weekend.

Mark Collins in action for Castlehaven against Nemo's Alan O'Donovan (file photo)
Mark Collins in action for Castlehaven against Nemo's Alan O'Donovan (file photo)
Image: INPHO

Updated Sep 23rd 2018, 8:14 PM

CASTLEHAVEN CAUSED A major shock in the Cork senior football championship today as they dumped county and Munster title holders Nemo Rangers out at the quarter-final stage with an emphatic 1-11 to 0-4 success.

Nemo Rangers, who contested the All-Ireland final last St Patrick’s Day, were convincingly defeated in Dunmanway in a game where they failed to score in the first half and did not get off the mark until Luke Connolly pointed in the 43rd minute.

The sides had clashed in the 2015 county final when Nemo Rangers won out after a replay but they trailed 0-3 to 0-0 at half-time here and were in major trouble when Michael Hurley pounced for the only goal of the game early in the second half.

It was 1-8 to 0-1 in Castlehaven’s favour entering the final quarter and despite a few late points from Nemo Rangers, the West Cork side were comfortable victors by the final whistle as they advanced to face Duhallow.

The opening game of the day at the Dunmanway venue went the way of Carbery Rangers in their local derby against Clonakilty as they ran out 1-18 to 0-11 victors. It was 0-10 to 0-5 in favour of 2016 champions Carbery Rangers at half-time with John Hayes shooting 0-5 in that period and John O’Rourke contributing 0-3.

They grabbed the solitary goal of the match courtesy of Mark Hodnett early in the second half and were 1-13 to 0-7 clear at the three-quarter mark. Carbery Rangers had 11 points to spare at the finish and will now renew acquaintances with St Finbarr’s in their semi-final tie after losing out to the Togher club at that stage last season.

2017 finalists St Finbarr’s and semi-finalists Duhallow both picked up quarter-final victories last night in Páirc Uí Rinn.

pjimage St Finbarr's and Duhallow both booked Cork semi-final spots last night. Source: INPHO

St Finbarr’s saw off city rivals Douglas by 2-8 to 0-11 with Cork forward Stephen Sherlock striking 1-5 for the winners while 0-6 from former Cork attacker Donncha O’Connor propelled divisional outfit Duhallow to a 0-13 to 0-10 success against Valley Rovers.

St Finbarr’s, defeated in last year’s decider in a replay by Nemo Rangers, were grateful to a strong start as they stormed in front 2-5 to 0-2 by the 17th minute with Sherlock and Enda Dennehy both raising green flags. Douglas cut the deficit to five points, 2-5 to 0-6, by the interval.

Douglas held St Finbarr’s scoreless after the 44th minute in a game that required 10 minutes of additional time after a serious injury was suffered by St Finbarr’s goalkeeper Declan Murphy.

But despite the accurate free-taking of Eoin O’Sullivan and the return of action of Cork player Sean Powter as a late substitute, Douglas could not draw level and St Finbarr’s held out to triumph.

In the second game, O’Connor excelled for Duhallow as they reached the semi-final for the second successive year and will aim to make amends for last year’s loss to Nemo Rangers at that stage.

Duhallow were in front by 0-7 to 0-4 at the break with Valley Rovers ruing some missed scoring chances in the opening period. They pushed on in the second half to be in front 0-13 to 0-6 entering the finale with Eoghan McSweeney and Michael Vaughan both aiding O’Connor in the scoring stakes.

Valley Rovers hit the last four points of the game with Fiachra Lynch finishing with 0-6 to his credit and he was denied a goal by a superb late save from Duhallow netminder Patrick Doyle.

Cork senior football quarter-finals

Results

St Finbarr’s 2-8 Douglas 0-11
Duhallow 0-13 Valley Rovers 0-10
Carbery Rangers 1-18 Clonakilty 0-11
Castlehaven 1-11 Nemo Rangers 0-4

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