Coleman hits winning point
Duffry best after extra time
Ger Coleman fired over the winning point in the last minute of extra-time as Duffry Rovers edged out Crossabeg-Ballymurn in an incident-packed All-County Hurling League Division 6 semi-final in Ballymurn on Sunday.
Duffry Rovers 2-19 C'beg-B'murn 3-15 (AET)
However, it was fellow veteran attacker Micheál Doyle that the men from the Duffry really had to thank for their victory, with the corner-forward clinically dispatching two goals in extra-time.
Crossabeg-Ballymurn, to their credit, fought back from seven points down with eight minutes of the additional period remaining to draw level before Coleman's late intervention.
The hosts' centre-forward, Liam Kehoe, can feel particularly aggrieved to end up on the losing side, having scored 2-9 in an all-action display.
There was little to separate the sides in a nip and tuck first-half, with six points from Liam Kehoe frees helping Crossabeg-Ballymurn to a one-point sdvantage at the break (0-10 to 0-9).
The second-half began in a similar vein with sharp-shooters Micheál Doyle and Liam Kehoe continuing to find the range for their respective sides.
When Darragh Cummins raised a green flag with a close-range finish on 45 minutes it momentarily swung the tie in Crossabeg-Ballymurn's favour but the Duffry edged ahead, 0-16 to 1-12, in the 59th minute of a sometimes tempestuous encounter, before a superb point from the right sideline from Dylan Ring sent the game into extra-time.
Micheál Doyle looked to have put the game to bed in the first period, clinically scoring two quick-fire goals to add to a Liam Pender point, giving his side a seven-point cushion.
However, Crossabeg-Ballymurn weren't done just yet and were back to within a point with four minutes remaining thanks to two Liam Kehoe goals, one from a rapier-like 21-yard free.
Kehoe levelled matters with a free three minutes later but Ger Coleman had the last say, popping over a point to send Duffry Rovers into the final and a meeting with Craanford on Sunday
Duffry Rovers: Kalem Fenlon; Tom O'Connor, Larry Doyle, Brian Cullen; Tomás Dunne, Seamus Cullen, James Nolan; Matthew O'Connor (0-2), Loughlin Rafter (0-1); John McCarthy, Kevin Nolan (0-1), Liam Pender (0-4); Barry O'Neill (0-1), Ger Coleman (0-1), Micheál Doyle (2-9, 0-5 frees, 0-2 '65s). Subs. - Paddy Nolan for Coleman, Feargal Kenny for O'Neill, Ciarán Pender for B. Cullen, Coleman for McCarthy, Conor English for M. Doyle.
Crossabeg-Ballymurn: Noel Scallan; Daithí Redmond, Micheál Doyle, David Scallan; David Kehoe, Paul Roche, Cian Lambert; Paddy Devereux (0-2, 1 free), Paul Walsh; Dylan Ring (0-2), Liam Kehoe (2-9, 1-8 frees), Darragh Cummins (1-0); Luke Redmond (0-2), James Carley, Emmet Kehoe. Subs. - Conor Barlow for D. Scallan (temp.), Shane Whelan for Lambert, Conor Barlow for Ring, James White for E. Kehoe, Emmet Kehoe for White, inj.
Referee: Francis Neville (Shelmaliers).