2022 Bon Secours Cork Premier Intermediate Football Championship Final Bantry Blues v Kanturk

The Bon Secours Cork Premier Intermediate Football Championship Final takes place this Sunday 23rd October at 4:00pm at SuperValu Páirc Uí Chaoimh.


Bantry Blues came through Group B with three wins out of three, with some impressive performances throughout. This sealed an automatic Semi Final place, where they faced off against Iveleary. Bantry Blues scored two goals in the space of a minute midway through the second half of the game, this proved pivotal in the outcome of the match as they had been trailing by a point before the goals were scored. A big performance from Arthur Coakley, who scored 2-3, helped Bantry Blues to the PIFC Final. It is Bantry Blues first final at this grade since they were relegated from the Senior grade back in 2008. They will be aiming to get back to the Senior A grade for the first time since then.


Kanturk navigated their way through Group C with three wins out of three, kicking off with an impressive performance over Naomh Aban and ending with a hard fought win over Macroom. This booked their place in the Semi Finals awaiting the victors of the Quarter Final. Cill Na Martra dispatched Aghada with a ruthless performance to setup a Semi Final showdown with Kanturk. The Semi Final was an enthralling match, as it finished in Extra Time. Two scores by Ryan Walsh for Kanturk at the end of Extra Time proved vital to earn a victory over Cill Na Marta and seeing Kanturk through to another PIFC Final. It will be Kanturk’s third final in three years, having lost the last two to Knocknagree and Newmarket. Kanturk will be leaning on their experience from finals at this grade, as they will be striving to put it right this time around.


The Referee for the game will be Alan O’Connor (Ballygarvan).


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Co-Op Superstores Premier Intermediate Hurling Final Replay Castlemartyr v Inniscarra Match Report

Inniscarra captain Owen McCarthy and players celebrate after defeating Castlemartyr in the Co Op Superstores Premier IHC final replay at Pairc Uí Chaoimh. Picture: Eddie O’Hare

Match Report by Therese O’Callaghan of the Echo


Inniscarra 3-12 Castlemartyr 1-17 

EXPERIENCED forward Colm Casey was the Inniscarra hero, his 65th-minute goal securing the Co-Op Superstores Cork Premier IHC title at SuperValu Páirc Uí Chaoimh today.

In a replay that can only be described as truly memorable, it came down to the last puck of the ball. Great credit to Castlemartyr too, who just came up short.

Castlemartyr joint-captain and midfielder Brian Lawton didn’t start due to a leg injury, instead, Michael Cosgrave was brought into the starting 15, however Lawton was brought on at the interval.

There was one change to the Inniscarra lineup with Padraig Holland, introduced in the drawn match, replacing Dan O’Connell in attack. What an inspired alteration this proved to be, Holland finished with 1-3 and the Man of the Match gong.

The game had an explosive start with three great goals in the opening quarter.

It was Inniscarra who were quickly into their stride and had two points on the board from Eoin McCarthy and Colm Casey before Castlemartyr struck for their opening score, a brilliant individual goal from Barry Lawton in the seventh minute.

With both pulling players back into defensive positions, Inniscarra got a goal of their own two minutes later through David O’Keeffe, but it was the sublime pass from Sean O’Donoghue that made it possible.

The Muskerry men remained on top, Padraig Holland finding the net in the 14th minute. The green flag came as a result of a long clearance from Andrew McCarthy, while good work followed from the tenacious Owen McCarthy, 2-2 to 1-1 after quarter of an hour.

Inniscarra went for goal number three but Colm Casey forced a save from Daragh Joyce, and points from Sean O’Donoghue and Eoin McCarthy extended their lead, 2-4 to 1-1.

Mike and Andrew Kelly hit one each for Castlemartyr to narrow the gap, but Inniscarra remained in the ascendancy to outscore their opponents two points to one to lead at the short whistle, 2-6 to 1-5.

Castlemartyr roared back to draw level 10 minutes into the second half. Whilst it was Padraig Holland restarted the scoreboard, the east Cork men slotted five unanswered to achieve parity, 1-10 to 2-7.

Under high pressure, both goalkeepers were immense, as the scoreboard remained deadlocked in the 50th minute, 2-10 to 1-13.

Nobody could have envisaged the finale in store!

Owen McCarthy and Kieran Rice edged Inniscarra back in front but wing-back James Lawton upset their rhythm with a fine point to leave just one in it with five minutes remaining, 2-12 to 1-14.

When Joe Stack was fouled as he burst through on goal, referee Colm Lyons had no hesitation in awarding a penalty. Up stepped Barry Lawton and his well-struck shot was saved magnificently by a diving John O’Keeffe, the sliotar going over the bar.

Nonetheless, Castlemartyr were on a roll and supplied the next two points to move ahead by two, the most dangerous of leads.

With at least three minutes of stoppage announced, Inniscarra had to go for goal.

Unbelievably, and with the last throw of the dice, they reclaimed the advantage through Casey.

The rest is history.

* Before the match the two teams lined up alongside the referee to support the ‘Respect the Referee Day’.

Scorers for Inniscarra: P Holland 1-3, O McCarthy 0-5 (0-4 f), C Casey 1-1, D O’Keeffe 1-0, S O’Donoghue, F O’Leary, K Rice 0-1 each.

Castlemartyr: M Kelly 0-8 (0-6 f, 0-1 65), Barry Lawton 1-2 (0-1 pen), Joe Stack 0-2, C Joyce, J Lawton, C Sice, J McGann, A Kelly 0-1 each.

INNISCARRA: J O’Keeffe; D Keane, B O’Mahony, J O’Sullivan; A McCarthy, L Ryan, S Sheehan; J Enright, J Harrington; C Casey, S O’Donoghue, F O’Leary; D O’Keeffe, P Holland, O McCarthy (c).

Subs: J O’Callaghan for J O’Sullivan (39), K Rice for D O’Keeffe (42).

CASTLEMARTYR: D Joyce; C Martin, D Moran (J-Capt), B Ó Tuama; J Lawton, C Joyce, Jamie Stack; M Cosgrave, C Sice; J McGann, M Kelly, Barry Lawton; A Kelly, Joe Stack, E Martin.

Subs: Brian Lawton for E Martin (half-time), B McGann for m Cosgrave (half-time), D Leahy for J McGann (40), P Fleming for A Kelly (52).

Referee: Colm Lyons (Nemo Rangers).

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2022 Bon Secours Cork Intermediate A Football Championship Final Aghabullogue v Kilshannig

The Bon Secours Cork Intermediate A Football Championship Final takes place this Sunday 23rd October at 2:00pm at SuperValu Páirc Uí Chaoimh.


Aghabullogue came through the Group stage with three wins out of three in Group D, with some impressive performances along the way. This impressive performance in the Group stage booked their spot in the Quarter Finals to set up a meeting with Kildorrery. Aghabullogue proved too strong for their opponents at this stage, with David Thompson producing a great performance scoring 2-5 in the game. Boherbue came through a tough meeting over Adrigole in the other Quarter Final with a narrow 1 point win to setup Semi Final match with Aghabullogue. In the Semi Final it was another ruthless performance from Aghabullogue that sealed a comprehensive victory over the current Junior A Champions Boherbue. It was a great team performance from the Muskerry side as a number of individuals made significant contributions throughout. Having been beaten finalists in the 2018 final of the Intermediate A Football Championship, Aghabullogue will be striving the make it to the Premier Intermediate grade in 2023 for the first time in their history.


Kilshannig finished Group A with two wins from three in what was a tight group with head to head being the deciding factor on who was going to the Quarter Finals. Kilshannig’s one point victory over Gabriel Rangers in the final match of the group sealed their passage through to the Quarters to meet North Cork rivals Glanworth. The Quarter Final proved to be a close contest, with Kilshannig’s resilience and determination winning out thanks to the help of Brian Guerin and Killian O’Hanlon. Mitchelstown came through a tough Quarter Final win after Extra Time over Dromtarriffe with one point victory to setup a clash with Kilshannig in the Semi Final. It was Kilshannig who avenged last season’s loss at the same stage against the same opponents, with a dominant victory over Mitchelstown. Conor McMahon produced a fine individual display scoring 1-2 in the finish. Having lost the Semi Final in 2021, they have come back stronger and made the final in 2022. Kilshannig will be hoping to make it to the Premier Intermediate grade next year also for the first time in their history.


The Referee for the game will be Canice Walsh (Nemo Rangers).


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Referees for County Finals Saturday October 22nd & Sunday October 23rd


Saturday 22nd October, 4:00pm @ SuperValu Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Co-Op Superstores Premier Intermediate Hurling Final Replay

Castlemartyr v Inniscarra  – Reiteoir:  Colm Lyons (Nemo Rangers)

Colm Lyons (Nemo Rangers)


Sunday 23rd October, 2:00pm @ SuperValu Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Bon Secours Intermediate A Football Final

Aghabullogue v Kilshannig – Reiteoir:  Canice Walsh (Nemo Rangers)

Canice Walsh (Nemo Rangers)


Sunday 23rd October, 4:00pm @ SuperValu Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Bon Secours Premier Intermediate Football Final

Bantry Blues v Kanturk – Reiteoir:  Alan O’Connor (Ballygarvan)

Alan O’Connor (Ballygarvan)