St Mary’s qualified for the South IHC final against Ballybacon-Grange with a two point win over Moyle Rovers at Cahir, 0-15 to 0-13.
After a very wet afternoon, it left the conditions less than favourable, and to add to it there was a downpour during the first half. This did not deter either team from the task in hand and the battle for a place in the final. A battle it was, the teams went point for point throughout most of the game. St Marys who got off to a great start with two points from Luke Moore within the space of a minute. Sean Carey opened Rovers scoring with a point. Again St Marys were very dominant for the next ten minutes scoring 3 points without reply from Gearoid Buckley and Brian Carroll.
Denis McGrath and Peter Acheson replied with a point each for Moyle Rovers but yet again Buckley replied with another point and then pointed a free to give St Marys a lead of 4 points.
Moyle Rovers stepped up a gear in the closing stages of the half with points from Sean Carey (2), Peter Acheson and Ronan Desmond, to leave the sides level at half time 0-7 each.
In the first ten minutes of the second half there seemed to be nothing that would separate the sides. Gearoid Buckley opened the second half scoring with a point from a free. Rovers’ Ciaran Lorigan replied with a great point. Brian McDonald added another point for St Marys but this time Danny Lyne replied with a point for Rovers. Buckley pointed yet again from a free while Sean Carey stepped up to reply, pointing his own free.
It was at this point that Moyle Rovers seemed to begin to dominate with Sean Carey pointing from another free and team mates Peter Acheson and Declan
Browne added two more points to give them their first lead of the game.
St Marys had envisioned a different outcome and began to write their own ending to this game.
With their defence clearing anything that came their way for the final ten minutes, Gearoid Buckley (2) and Seamus Kennedy scored three points to see them level.
Gearoid Buckley and Jason Lonergan scored a point each in the 29th & 30th minute of the game to win their place in the final.
St Mary: Ger Corcoran, Fergal Condon, Donnacha Fahey, Ciaran Brady, Stephen Buckley, Seamus Kennedy, Noel O’Mahony, Ciaran O’Connell, Jamie Peters, Luke Moore, Brian McDonald, Gearoid Buckley, Sammy Ryan, Brian Carroll, Emmet Ryan. Subs Jason Lonergan, Deckie Power.
Moyle Rovers: Ian Browne, Ciaran Kenrick, Lee Dunne, Shane Heffernan, Liam Cronin, Martin Dunne, Ronan Desmond, Danny Lyne, Sean Carey, Sean Keating, Peter Acheson, Kevin O’Donnell, Denis McGrath, Eoin Morrissey, Ciaran Lorigan. Subs: Declan Browne.
Referee - Martin Doyle