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2023 AIB Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Castlelyons (Cork) 2-22 Crotta O’Neills (Kerry) 2-18
Castlelyons (Cork) defeated Crotta O’Neills (Kerry) by 2-22 to 2-18 after extra time in the AIB Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday November 19th at St. Senan’s GAA Club Mountcoal.
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Munster Club IHC: Castlelyons overcome Crotta O’Neills after extra time
Castlelyons (Cork) 2-22 Crotta O’Neills (Kerry) 2-18 (aet)
Report by Denis Hurley for the Echo newspaper
It took 80 minutes but Castlelyons secured their place in the final of the AIB Munster Club IHC with victory over Kerry’s Crotta O’Neills at Mountcoal on Sunday.
Trailing by seven points at half-time after playing into the wind, Castlelyons moved ahead in the second period but couldn’t shake off the Kingdom’s senior champions. While they fell behind again in extra time, two pointed frees from inside his 65 by the excellent Alan Fenton had them back in a lead they would not lose.
It was 2-19 to 2-17 when goalkeeper Jack Barry – scorer of three points – made a great save to deny Cormac White. Then his brother Colm, excellent at full-back throughout, won a 40-60 ball and fed James Kearney, who in turn found Oscar Hallihan for a point. It was the first time they led by three and Leon Doocey and Fenton ensured they would not be denied.
A clash with Corofin in the final awaits on the first weekend of December.
Playing with the strong breeze, Crotta O’Neills started well, even allowing for some cheap wides, and they had established a 0-5 to 0-2 lead before an excellent diagonal ball by Barry Mahony was won by Jordan Conway, who won possession and produced a great finish.
The same player added a point before David Morrison and Alan Fenton reduced the gap. Morrison’s second on 26 minutes left it 1-6 to 0-5 but Crotta replied with an unanswered 1-2.
The goal came as a quick free caught Castlelyons unaware, with Seán Weir setting up Seánie McElligott for an easy finish. As the game moved into the last of the allotted four minutes of added time, it was 2-9 to 0-6 but great work from Niall O’Leary led to a chance for Fenton, who did brilliantly to create space and fire to the net. In hindsight, it was a huge score.
Weir did the end the half’s scoring for Crotta but, given the strength of the elements, seven points was not beyond Castlelyons. They had two points on the resumption – goalkeeper Jack Barry with one from play and a Fenton free – but other opportunities were wasted.
After a great Crotta score by Shane Nolan, Barry sent a puckout directly over the bar and, though McElligott replied to make it 2-12 to 1-9, another Barry restart was touched to the net by Leon Doocey.
Down by three, they had the next four points, with Fenton’s free from halfway putting them ahead for the first time since the opening minutes. Crotta didn’t wilt though and Shane Nolan had them level at 2-14 each as the five minutes of injury time began.
Doocey might have won it with a late Castlelyons goal, his shot deflected out by goalkeeper Adam O’Sullivan. Fenton sent over the 65 but the excellent Barry Mahony was on hand to tie matters for Crotta and send the game to extra time.
While Colm Spillane opened the scoring in the addition period, two Shane Nolan points had Crotta back in front, it was the last time they led and Castlelyons had the stronger late burst.
Scorers for Castlelyons: A Fenton 1-11 (0-10f, 1 65), L Doocey 1-2, J Barry 0-3 (0-1 puckout, 0-1f), D Morrison 0-2, N O’Leary, C Spillane, J Kearney, O Hallihan 0-1 each.
Crotta O’Neills: J Conway 1-4 (0-1 sideline), S Nolan 0-6 (0-3f), S McElligott 1-2, B Mahony 0-2, S McGrath, C Trant, D O’Donoghue, S Weir 0-1 each.
CASTLELYONS: J Barry; J O’Leary, C Barry, N O’Leary; L Sexton, C Spillane, D Ahern; J Kearney, A Fenton; K O’Leary, L Doocey, C McCarthy; D Morrison, B O’Donovan, O Hallihan.
Subs: B Murphy for K O’Leary (44), S Moroney for J O’Leary (45, injured), P Roche for McCarthy (54), B Spillane for O’Donovan (57), K O’Leary for Kearney (60), O’Donovan for Hallihan (77).
CROTTA O’NEILLS: A O’Sullivan; S McGrath, E Shanahan, B Keane; C Trant, R Mahony, J McKenna; T O’Connor, T McKenna; D O’Donoghue, S Weir, R Mahony; S McElligott, S Nolan, J Conway.
Subs: D O’Donoghue for Shanahan (half-time), C White for J McKenna (58), D Behan for T McKenna (75).
Referee: N Malone (Clare).
Live Streaming Information
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