Juniors into semis
The local Fermoy junior football team are through to the last four in the North Cork JAFC following their 3-12 to 2-11 win over Charleville at the well laid out grounds in Ballyhooly.
The final score would suggest that this was a close and exciting contest but Fermoy were well on top throughout even though they took their time about asserting themselves on the scoreboard.
Fermoy were 0-4 to 0-1 ahead before Charleville registered their second score, a point in the 15th minute. A Paudie Shanahan point was followed by a pair of points for Charleville but then Fermoy full forward Mark O'Flynn, who had been quiet until then, snatched his goal chance and his side were never really threatened after this.
The next four points were evenly divided to leave the half-time score reading Fermoy 1-7, Charleville 0-6, other Fermoy scorers in that first half saw Jas Campion 0-3, Gary O'Callaghan, Arlen Ahern, Mark McGurr 0-1each,
It was easy for Fermoy in the third quarter, points from Campion 0-2, Ahern 0-3, saw them well in control at 1-12 to 0-6 at the end of the third quarter. A Charleville point was followed by a goal from Fermoy's Jas Campion, 2-12 to 0-7, before a mini revival by Charleville saw 0-2 added.
Paudie Shanahan quickly replied with a goal of quality for Fermoy, 3-12 to 0-9, with only seven minutes left to play. Charleville added a goal and two points but Fermoy were lucky enough that they had enough fuel in the tank to see them through.
This victory qualifies Fermoy to meet Kilshannig in one semi-final of the c/ship, Killavullen and Ballyclough will contest the other, with dates to be arranged for both games. This is the first time in many years that a Fermoy team will be involved at this stage of the Junior c/ship. Kilshannig will provide stiff opposition but if Fermoy are serious enough about their task they could make it tough for the team from the west.
GRANGE REACH CO SEMI-FINAL
By virtue of their fine win over West Cork side Goleen at Kilmichael last Friday, the Grange football team have qualified to meet neighbours Castlelyons in the semi-final of the Co JBFC at a date and venue to be decided. Bride Rovers (Rathcormac) are also in the frame for a place in the final, they meet another seasoned team, Kilmeen, in the second semi-final.
LADY FOOTBALLERS WIN IFL
Congrats to the Fermoy ladies football club on winning the Co IFL when defeating local rivals, Glanworth, at Killavullen recently. This is Fermoy's first win at this level which shows that the club is progressing in the right direction. The Fermoy girls were a very fit side and it was no surprise when they led at the interval by 2-8 to 0-4. Fermoy continued to dominate the second period and won handsomely on a score of 4-18 to 1-09 for the Harbour ladies.