Imokilly vs St Finbarrs; the last three encounters

04 October, 2019

Defending Senior Hurling champions Imokilly continue their drive for three in a row this weekend when they take on twenty time winners St Finbarrs. The Barrs are in the hunt for their first title since all the way back in 1993 when they defeated Carbery in the final on a score of 1-14-1-13. The last three games between these two sides have provided a combined 10-72 with the East Cork team coming out on top on two occasions. It’s worth noting that they faced and beat the Barrs in both 1997 and 1998 on route to their first and second Senior Hurling Championship crowns.

The most recent encounter between these teams was twelve years when they faced off in the quarter final phase of the SHC. Both sides were coming off impressive third round victories. Imokilly dispatched East Cork rivals Sarsfields in a thriller Fermoy. Carrigtwohill duo Sean Barrett and Niall McCarthy registering thirteen points between them in a stunning win, 1-24-2-15. Elsewhere in round three, St Finbarrs cruised into the phase by defeating Ballinhassig on a score of 1-18-2-9 to setup a mouth watering quarter final affair. Kevin Murray, who finished the championship as top scorer, notched 0-8 as the Barrs ran out winners on a score of 1-13-2-8 against the side in red and white. Cian McCarthy kept up his impressive form in front of goal scoring to make it three championship goals in as many games for the forward. However, for Imokilly it was the end of the road. A goal each from Robert White and Niall McCarthy wasn’t enough as the East Cork Divisional side exited the championship. Erins Own awaited the Barrs in the semis. It was the East Cork side that came out on top in a razor tight game in the semi finals as Erins Own continued their search for two titles on the bounce which they were successful in, defeating Newtownshandrum in the final.

We now leave the 2000’s as we travel all the way back to 1998 when Imokilly defeated the Barrs in the semi finals to reach their second SHC final in a row. Mick Daly, Eoin Fitzgerald and cork captain Mark Landers all found the back of the net in a 3-18-3-8 win. Eamon Fitzpatrick was clinical in front of goal scoring two of the Barr’s three goals. Brian Cunningham came into the fixture off the back of scoring 3-19 in three games, an average of over nine points game! He added four more to his tally however it wasn’t enough as Imokilly sealed their slot in the SHC final. They retained their title in the final defeating the Rockies on a score 1-10-1-5.

The defeat in 1998 left an all too familiar taste in the mouth of the Barrs as twelve previous they were also knocked out by Imokilly in the semi finals. The Imokilly f