Geraldines' Daniel Corcoran. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)
Division One promotion/relegation play-off
Geraldines 2-11 Naomh Fionnbarra 0-9
Geraldines kept alive their hopes of remaining in Division One for next season when they defeated Naomh Fionnbarra in the first promotion/relegation semi-final on Thursday night.
Fresh from their championship quarter-final victory over Cooley, the Ballygassan side were in fine form in the first half and were leading by 0-7 to 0-6 by the time the half-time whistle sounded, with William Woods and Bernard Osborne to the fore.
However, the Gers raised their game in the second period and edged ahead with points from Jim McEneaney and Josh Arrowsmith before goals from Matthew Corcoran and Kevin Pepper helped them secure an eight-point victory.
The winners will now take on Kilkerley Emmets for the right to play in the top-flight next season, while the ‘Barrs will focus their attentions on a championship semi-final meeting with St. Fechin’s.
Geraldines: Seán McEneaney; Tiarnan Hand, Daniel Corcoran, James Craven; Kevin Pepper (1-0), Jack Traynor, Gareth Neacy; Paddy Hoey (0-1), Matthew Corcoran (1-1); James Corrigan, Jim McEneaney (0-6), Seán Thornton; Conor Rafferty (0-1), Conall Hoey, Glen Trainor (0-1)
Sub: Josh Arrowsmith (0-1)
Naomh Fionnbarra: Andy McCann; Hugh McGrane, Kieran Lenehan, James Butterly; Bryan Sharkey, Hugh Osborne, Niall Woods; John Doyle, Darren McConnon; Máirtín Murphy, Conor Osborne (0-1), Bernard Osborne (0-2); Nicholas Butterly, William Woods (0-6), Jack Butterly
Subs: Óisín McGee, Adam Hanratty, Pádraig Butterly, Michael McArdle
Referee: Paul Finnegan (St. Patrick’s)