Outstanding Lucey puts De La Salle into last four


De La Salle, Macroom 1-8 St Fachtna’s DLS 1-7:Last year’s defeated finalists De La Salle saw off Skibbereen’s St Fachtna’s at Ballineen yesterday on their way to the semi-finals of the Corn Uí Mhuirí.

When midfielder Josh Pickett found the net with a long-range effort for Fachtna’s in the 50th minute, they led by 1-7 to 1-5, having responded well to Daniel Cahalane putting Macroom 1-5 to 0-5 ahead on 43 minutes, but they would not score again as Macroom dug deep.

A free from the outstanding Pa Lucey cut the gap to a point before Peter Kelleher punched over the bar as the game moved into added time. Lucey then scored the winning point from the left.

In dirty conditions, Macroom started well before falling 0-4 to 0-2 behind, with Paul Hickey unlucky not to push Skibbereen further ahead, his goal chance well saved by Dylan Dineen.

By half-time it was 0-4 apiece, and after an even start to the second half Macroom pushed clear, Cahalane ending a move that full-back Dermot O’Callaghan had started. Hickey and Brendan Hayes got Fachtna’s back into it and they led again after Pickett’s goal, but ultimately it was Macroom’s day.

They now face Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, who beat them in last year’s final, or St Francis College, Rochestown in the semi-final.

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