By Derek Kiely
Evening Echo Cork County Intermediate Football Championship Quarter Final Replay
Youghal 0-09 Kinsale 0-11
The chance of a Youghal County double was ended at Pairc Ui Rinn on a rain sodden night last Friday, when Kinsale progressed through to the semi final of the Evening Echo Intermediate Football Championship with a two point win in the end.
Kinsale had the lead after just one minute when Lyndon Kiely pointed from play, but Youghal responded well with a score from Paul Kelly from play two minutes later.
Both sides were evenly matched throughout the first half and on the 7th minute Paul Moylan gave Youghal the lead, then Ken Dempsey added another score a minute later with a well taken score from play.
Derry O'Callaghan got one back for Kinsale on the 10th minute, then Youghal were in trouble, with young Ring sent off after a tackle where he clearly lost his footing in the challenge, it was a yellow card definitely but a red card was a bit harsh to say the least.
Youghal then in the conditions which were diabolical for any sport had to make up a lot of ground and Kinsale were picking holes in the Youghal side in and around the middle of the pairc and Niall McCarthy levelled on the 17th minute to make it 0-03 each.
Barry Gray then gave Kinsale the lead on the 18th minute, but Moylan was there to put over a close range free a minute later to level matters for the fourth time.
Mark Coughlan then gave Kinsale the lead again on the 20th minute of play and his team mate Gearoid Finn added another score to leave two points between the sides.
Paul Moylan narrowed the deficit with two minutes of the first half remaining, but if anything Youghal were going better than Kinsale at this stage and didn't want to hear the half time whistle, but it was blown and Youghal trailed Kinsale by the narrowist of margins at the short whistle.
It is hard to believe, but the conditions got even worse in the second half and the football suffered as both sides tried to cope with a ball that resembled a bar of soap at times.
Like the first half Kinsale were quickly out of the blocks with a score from O'Callaghan, but again the Youghal lads showed some great heart and Nigel Roche put over a great score from play.
Roche was on target again for Youghal seconds later with another beautiful score from play and all of a sudden the sides were level again.
Ken Dempsey a real leader in the team then fired Youghal into the lead with a superb score from the left wing and the Youghal tails were up.
Kinsale played their way back into the game after withstanding a ten minute stranglehold by Youghal and Finn levelled with a great score from play.
Then Kinsale's second half substitute Donal Murphy put one over from the left to give Kinsale the lead again, which was followed up by a Finn point off the right boot.
Kinsale led by a goal with just two minutes remaining when Coughlan pointed, but Youghal did get one score back through Conor Spillane from play late on.
To be honest Kinsale deserved the win on overall play, but Youghal may have lost it a small bit on the tactical side of the game as Kinsale were also reduced to 14 men, with ten minutes still left on the clock.