The Cork intermediate hurling final replay produced a thrilling ending as Inniscarra secured their first Cork title in 47 years with a 3-12 to 1-17 victory.
Castlemartyr and Inniscarra couldn’t be separated last weekend as they drew a tense game 0-15 to 1-12 in very difficult conditions.
This weekend proved no different as the side’s were evenly matched in a far more open game, with improved conditions playing their part.
In a back and forth game with both sides leading several times through the 60 minutes, they proved they were both still evenly matched, with Inniscarra taking a 2-7 to 1-5 lead at the interval.
Castlemartyr came out the stronger of the two sides in the second half and hit five points without reply to draw level.
In another back and forth game, similar to last weekend, it looked as though extra time was going to be on the cards. However, Castlemartyr scored three quick fire points to earn a two-point lead with seconds remaining.
It looked like that would be enough to seal victory, with Inniscarra suffering heartbreak once again. However, today would not be that day.
In the 63rd minute, Inniscarra had a free kick and needed a goal. The ball was lobbed into the area and scrambled around the box as they desperately tried to get room for an attempt on goal.
Up stepped Colm Casey to be the hero of the game, who swiped at the ball to smash home a historic goal for Inniscarra.
Full Time Inniscarra : 3-12(21)
Castlemartyr: 1-17(20) last touch of the game. Casey Goal… I don’t believe it, 140 characters cannot describe this feeling. Bottle it and sell it, you’d make millions! 136 years of history, 136 years waiting for an intermediate title, it’s ours!
— Inniscarra GAA (@ScarraGAA) October 22, 2022
To capture every great moment requires a brilliant commentary reaction, and Pat Mulcahy delivered just that, perfectly capturing the happiness, disbelief and excitement for the players, squad and fans of Inniscarra.
For Castlemartyr, it was heartbreak, as they were seconds away from glory after two hours of thrilling hurling.
In a club season that has delivered many memorable moments, this is right up there.