The Barrs today proved that a good club side will nearly always beat a good divisional side. It was a very enjoyable game of football 3-14 to 2-14 says it all. Plenty scores and lots of good football by both teams.
Maguire was incredible and drove at the Duhallow defenders all day. Having said that, Aidan Walsh had one of his better games and on today's showing he will be a loss to the county team. They weren't marking each other and both had significant influence on the game.
Sherlock score 1-9 (9frees) and the other goals were scored by wing back Colin Lyons and wing forward Denis O Brien.
Jamie Burns started at No 3 instead of Glen O Connor and got himself a Yellow card early in the game for a footblock resulting in a penalty converted by the ageless Donncha. Barrs were led by 1-3 to 2 points after 10 minutes and it didn't look good for them. A bout of smashing good football and three or four lightning fast passes put Sherlock free and he made no mistake. A really good goal and we knew then that we had a game to savour.
Duhallow led at half time 2-7 to 1-7 after Seamus HIckey finished off another bout of good passing by Duhallow. They were playing into the city end and with a little breeze or should I say zephyr.
The second half was nick and tuck until near the end when Doyle the Duhallow keeper made a horlicks out of a restart and no better boys that the blues to punish this. They scored 1-1 in rapid succession to go 3 points up with 5 minutes ( +3 extra) to go. Donncha came out foraging for ball and got it on his own half back line. He was tackled hard by two boys in blue but managed to deliver a delightful kick of at least 50 yards into Hickey who was fouled for a tap over free. They came again and got another tap over free and there was only a point between them with 2 minutes left. Barrs were very good with their subs introduction towards the end and Barrett and Finn made a huge contribution at this stage. A couple of hard earned points in extra time got them over the line.
Had to feel sorry for Donncha as of all the footballers I have seen he is up there with the best and deserves a county medal. On the other hand Shields finally gets his hands on a medal and he deserves some praise for his contribution to Cork and his club.
The game was played in a fine sporting manner and ref David Murnane from Macroom had an easy time. He did get a few calls wrong but overall he was fair to both teams.
It was a mighty performance by the Barrs when you consider they were without intercounty man Sam Ryan and future star Myers Murray.
From a Cork point of view we didn't see any new talent emerging, apart from Sherlock's improvement and increasing ability to win 50/50 ball. With Sam Ryan returning and perhaps young Murray they might rattle the Crokes later on if they meet. For now though, the celebrations will ring out loud in the land of the blues and there won't be a cow milked in Togher tomorrow.
Great report Ranty, thanks as always...brings it to life for someone who didn't see the game. And fair play to Finbarrs, couldn't say it wasn't deserved after 33 years and lots of heartbreakin the interim. Would love to see them give Munster a right rattle now.
But I'd have to disagree on this point.. "The Barrs today proved that a good club side will nearly always beat a good divisional side"
, in fairness Duhallow would have emptied the tank in those games with Castlehaven and maybe the tank wasn't full on Sunday. The Barrs had a cleaner build-up to the Final, with a decent mix of training and rest time.
Also, Imokilly proved in hurling that no club team comes near them at the moment...I know some divisional teams are better organised, better motivated, & more talented than others...it all comes down to those factors at any given time.
In fairness though, you did qualify it by saying "nearly always