Castlehaven 0-11 Nemo Rangers 1-10

Nemo Rangers dug deep in a tight yet truly absorbing Cork SFC final replay today defeating Castlehaven by two points in Páirc Uí Rinn to claim a 19th title and first since 2010.

The first half was very nip and tuck with both teams not being separated by much in the opening half with the half ending 0-7 to 0-5 in favour of Castlehaven.

Nemo took the lead at times but Castlehaven ended the half the stronger and people were wondering would they sustain it for the second half.

Nemo’s came out revitalised and needed a Micheál Martin save to keep them in it on 37 minutes but then Barry O’Driscoll scored a goal on 45 minutes to tie the game.

Paul Kerrigan and O’Driscoll pointed to give them the lead and despite Haven pushing them all the way with Mark Collins and Stephen Hurley pointing, nothing was going to stop them as James Masters and Kerrigan pointed ensuring they would win the Andy Scannell Cup.

The first half started off with Nemo’s Cork player Barry O’Driscoll opening the scoring with a point on 30 seconds.

But Castlehaven came back into the game and scored three consecutive points through Conor Cahalane, Mark Collins and Brian Hurley’s free to lead 0-3 to 0-1 after nine minutes.

Nemo responded through Alan Cronin’s point to close the gap to one as they enjoyed a purple patch but were unable to convert possession into scores as Michael Dorgan’s long pass put Conor Horgan in on goal but the corner forward’s shot crashed off the post falling to O’Driscoll but he couldn’t finish the rebound.

Tomás O’Sé’s shot from distance hit the post and wide as Nemo hit three consecutive wides. Horgan pointed on 21 minutes tying the game and then Mehigan scorer of the equaliser last week pointed to make it 0-4 to 0-3 to the Trabeg side.

Seán Cahalane pointed at the other end to tie the game for the third time on 25 minutes. Brother Darragh then gave ‘Haven the lead on 26 minutes as the floodlights were turned on. The bright lights didn’t stop Paul Kerrigan pointing from distance to tie it up but then with half time approaching another Hurley free and an own point from Aidan O’Reilly ensured Haven lead 0-7 to 0-5 at the break. The same score as last week.

Kerrigan closed the gap to one on resumption with a free but their ill-discipline proved costly as Hurley pointed to extend the lead. Michael Hurley’s powerful shot was well saved by Micheál Martin on 37 minutes. Collins pointed to put them 0-9 0-6 ahead.

But like last week Nemo never stopped trying and goaled on 45 minutes when Horgan’s ball across the square was fisted to the net by O’Driscoll and this was followed up points from Masters free and Kerrigan to extend the lead to 1-8 to 0-9.

Castlehaven refused to give up; equalising through Chris Hayes’s point on 52 minutes after Stephen Hurley closed the gap to the minimum.

Yet Masters gave Nemo the lead on 57 minutes with a point and then on 62 minutes Kerrigan scored the insurance point as the rain pelted down on the pitch but that didn’t bother the Nemo fans as they celebrated their first county since 2010.

Castlehaven: P Hurley; R Whelton, D Limrick, T O’Leary; Damien Cahalane, J O’Regan, C Hayes (0-1); D Hurley, S Dineen;  M Collins (0-2), S Cahalane (0-1), C Cahalane (0-1); B Hurley (0-3, 0-3 frees), Darragh Cahalane (0-1) M Hurley.  (Own Point (0-1))

Subs: S Hurley (0-1) for Darragh Cahalane (38), S Collins for Hayes (59), S Nolan for S Cahalane (60)

Nemo Rangers: M Martin; A Cronin (0-1),C O’Shea, A O’Reilly; K Fulignati, T O’Sé, A O’Donovan; D Niblock, M Dorgan; D Mehigan (0-1), B O’Driscoll (1-1), P Kerrigan (0-4, 0-2 frees); C Horgan (0-1), L Connolly, C O’Brien

Subs: C Dalton for Connolly (12), J Masters (0-2, 0-1 free) for Mehigan (42), P Morgan for M Dorgan (57)

Referee: James Bermingham (Bride Rovers)