Cill na Martra Stages Dramatic Comeback to Win Cork Premier IFC Final


Cill na Martra exhibited remarkable resilience as they snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against Bantry Blues in the thrilling Bon Secours Hospital Cork Premier IFC final at SuperValu Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday.

Shane Ó Duinnín emerged as the hero for Cill na Martra, making a remarkable impact as a super-sub. His three late points proved to be the decisive factor in securing a nail-biting victory for his team.

Bantry Blues, determined to make amends for their loss in the 2022 final to Kanturk, mounted a spectacular comeback. They managed to turn a seemingly insurmountable six-point deficit into a three-point lead, with the score standing at 2-13 to 3-7 after Paddy Cronin’s point in the 54th minute.

As the final minutes ticked away, a draw appeared imminent. However, Cill na Martra had one last opportunity, and Seán Ó Fóirréidh’s expertly timed pass found the waiting Shane Ó Duinnín. In a climactic moment, Ó Duinnín delivered a monumental effort, sealing the victory for Cill na Martra by the narrowest of margins.

The Cork Premier IFC final lived up to its billing as an electrifying contest, showcasing the heart, spirit, and drama that make Gaelic games a source of inspiration and excitement for fans and players alike. As Cill na Martra celebrates their hard-fought victory, they remind us all that in the world of sports, miracles can happen when you least expect them.