BY KIERAN McCARTHY
KILMACABEA will compete in their first-ever South West JAFC final next month.
The Kilmacs dethroned reignined West Cork champions St Mary’s, 1-8 to 0-9, after a pulsating semi-final in Clonakilty on Sunday.
Man of the match Martin Collins scored the game’s only goal in the first half as the winners led 1-6 to 0-3 at the break.
St Mary’s thundered into the game in the second half and got on top with Chris Daly, Brian Murphy, Peter Daly, Jason Collins and Ger O’Donovan among their scorers as they came within two points of Kilmacabea.
But a fantastic defensive performance saw the winners reach the first South West JAFC final in their 127-year history.
They will meet either Bandon or Castlehaven in the final, with this pair to fight it out in the second semi-final this Sunday evening.
Castlehaven beat St Colum’s 1-12 to 0-9 in a quarter-final on Sunday, with Michael Hurley (0-4) and Daniel Hegarty (1-1) the stars of the show for the winners.
Don’t miss this Thursday’s Southern Star for a full report and reaction from an historic day for Kilmacabea, plus a match report and reaction from Castlehaven’s win, and also a preview of Bandon v Castlehaven.