Spa 3-10 Dingle 3-12
Played in Spa, this game was won and lost in the final few minutes. Three penalties during the game had a major effect on play, with the lead switching between the sides right up to the final moments.
Dingle had the better start and opened the play with a point from Cathal Bambury, before Lucas O Conaill found the net in the 8th minute to give the visitors an early lead. Evan Cronin responded with two pointed frees but Dingle replied again with scores from Matthew Flaherty (2) and Pól ODúbhain to lead 1-4 to 0-2 after twenty minutes. Eoin Fitzgerald had a great run forward but was brought down in the square for the first penalty of the day, which Evan Cronin converted. Two more points from Evan late in the half put the sides level at the break, Spa 1-4 Dingle 1-4.
Ciaran Spillane and Lucas O Conaill exchanged points early in the second half before Spa took control of the game and kicked 1-3 in just four minutes, points from Evan Cronin, Michael O’Donoghue and Niall O’Mahony and the second Spa goal from David Spillane in the 7th minute. Dingle also almost had a second goal, but their quick effort rolled inches wide, and they followed up with points from Cathal Bambury and Seoirse Durrant. Evan Cronin kicked his sixth point of the day before he finished a third Spa goal to the net, making it 3-9 to 1-7 at the end of the third quarter.
Dingle, however, upped their attack and, after points from Aodhán OConchuir and Matthew Flaherty, Cathal Bambury converted the first Dingle penalty when Matthew Flaherty was fouled in the small square. More points from Bambury and Pól ODubhain and suddenly it was 3-9 to 2-11 with just a minute of normal time remaining.
Spa did regain control momentarily with a Shane Cronin point but after a high ball led to a scramble in the Spa square, Cathal Bambury converted a second Dingle penalty, and the visitors took the lead at 3-10 to 3-11 two minutes in to injury time. Spa were unable to get the equalizer and Pól O Dubhain kicked a final point for Dingle, the game finishing Spa 3-10 Dingle 3-12.
Spa Team: James Devane, Eoghan Cronin, Brian Lynch, Bryan Russell, Shane Cronin (0-1), Eoin Fitzgerald, Ciaran Spillane (0-1), Dan O’Donoghue, Michael McCarthy, Gary Vaughan, Cormac Cronin, Niall O’Mahony (0-1), David Spillane (1-0), Evan Cronin(2-6), Niall McCarthy. Subs: Conor Stack, Michael O’Donoghue (0-1), Shane Fenton
Dingle Team: Eoin Ó Brosnacháin, Conor Ó Súilleabháin, Pádraig Ó Conchúir, Brian Ó Conchúir, Maitiú Ó Flaitheartaigh (0-3), Aodhán Ó Conchúir (0-1), Mícheál Ó Baoighill, Lucas O Conaill (1-1), Mícheál Ó Slatara, Niall Ó Géibheannaigh, Pól Ó Dubháin (0-3), Seoirse Durrant (0-1), Tomás Mac a’ tSithigh, Brian Ó Conaill, Cathal Ó Bambaire (2-3). Subs: Conchur O Flannabhra, Eoin O Murchú
Referee: Brendan Griffin (Clounmacon)