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2021 AIB Munster Club Senior Football Championship Semi-Final – St. Finbarrs (Cork) 2-14 Eire Óg Inis (Clare) 0-12
St. Finbarrs (Cork) defeated Eire Óg Inis (Clare) by 2-14 to 0-12 in the AIB Munster Club Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday December 19th at Páirc Uí Rinn.
Our Top Moments of the Match as St Finbarr's defeat Eire Og Inis in the Senior Football Munster Semi-Final. Final score 2-14 to 0-12. The Barr's now advance to the Munster Final where they will face Austin Stacks.@MunsterGAA @the_Barrs @OfficialCorkGAA pic.twitter.com/LmL3tdZ3Bl
— Clubber (@ClubberGaa) December 20, 2021
Stephen Sherlock sparkles as Barrs advance to their first Munster final since 1986
Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper
AIB Munster Club SFC semi-final
St Finbarr’s (Cork) 2-14 Éire Óg Ennis (Clare) 0-12
St Finbarr’s will contest a first Munster club football final since 1986 next month after quashing a spirited third-quarter fightback from Éire Óg Ennis.
Ahead by 2-7 to 0-4 turning around for the second period, the Barrs advantage stretched into double-digit territory when Stephen Sherlock converted a 32nd minute free.
There followed a determined third quarter from the Clare visitors, who kicked six of the game’s next seven points, including a four-in-a-row of white flags, to stand five off their opponents at the second water break.
On target for the Ennis outfit during this spell of supremacy was Gavin Cooney, Philip Talty, Conall Ó hAiniféin (0-2), Darren O’Neill, and Eimhin Courtney. And when Cooney (free) and Mark McInerney added further points early in the final quarter, the gap was down to four, 2-10 to 0-12.
That, however, was as close as the Clare champions got, the Barrs registering the last four points of this semi-final to run out deserving eight-point winners.
Sherlock had the radar locked in on the run to the line, the inside forward responsible for the final four points, two of those difficult frees from out on the sideline. The 24-year-old finished with 0-9 to his name.
Conor McCrickard’s two first-half goals were the difference at the break, both green flags coming about from perfectly weighted passes.
The game’s opening goal arrived 12 minutes in, Stephen Sherlock spotting the untracked run of McCrickard inside the cover and then delivering the ball, gift-wrapped, into the hands of the adopted Barrs man with a quickly taken free.
His second, on 26 minutes, stemmed from a superbly floated Colin Lyons pass that took out the last Ennis defender Manus Doherty and left McCrickard one-on-one with opposing ‘keeper Nathan Murray who he duly rounded.
This second Barrs goal was part of an unanswered 1-3 which the Cork champions struck for while captain and county final man of the match Ian Maguire was in the sin bin. It was a most dubious black card for Maguire, but one that in no way affected Paul O’Keeffe’s side who outscored the Clare winners 1-3 to 0-1 while operating with a man less.
Maguire’s first involvement upon his return inside the whitewash was to win a scorable free which Sherlock converted for his third white flag of the half to shove the Barrs 2-7 to 0-4 in front.
Cillian Myers Murray was the other dangerman in the Barrs attack during the opening period, supplying two fine points from play.
Éire Óg had started much the brighter, but bar kicking the game’s opening two scores, their early intent was not reflected on the scoreboard.
A spirited third quarter ensued from the men in red, but four was as close as they managed to come of their opponents. Their woes were compounded late on when midfielder Darren O’Neill received a second yellow card. Referee Brendan Griffin was by no means shy in reaching for his book, their semi-final contest seeing two players from either side picking up black cards throughout the hour.
The Barrs will meet Kerry champions Austin Stacks in the Munster final on the weekend of Jan 15/16.
Scorers for St Finbarr’s: S Sherlock (0-9, 0-6 frees, 0-1 mark); C McCrickard (2-1); C Myers Murray (0-3); D O’Brien (0-1).
Scorers for Éire Óg Ennis: G Cooney (0-4, 0-2 frees); M McInerney (0-3); C Ó hAiniféin (0-2); D O’Neill, E Courtney, P Talty (0-1 each).
ST FINBARR’S: J Kerins; B Hennessy, S Ryan, A O’Connor; C Lyons, J Burns, C Scully; I Maguire, E Comyns; D O’Brien, M Shields, E Dennehy; C Myers Murray, C McCrickard, S Sherlock.
Subs: E McGreevey for Shields (49); B O’Connell for Dennehy, A Lyne for O’Brien (both 47); L Hannigan for Lyons (53); C Walsh for Myers Murray (61).
ÉIRE ÓG ENNIS: N Murray; M Doherty, A Fitzgerald, R Lanigan; E O’Connor, C Ó hAiniféin, C Russell; D O’Neill, D McNamara; N McMahon, D Reidy, A McGrath; P Talty, G Cooney, M McInerney.
Subs: I Ugwueru for McGrath (25 mins); D Walsh for Reidy (39); E Courtney for McMahon (43); T Connellan for McInerney, D O’Brien for Talty (60).
Referee: B Griffin (Kerry).
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Interview with St. Finbarrs Manager Paul O’Keeffe
Interview with Éire Óg Inis Manager Paul Madden