Shanballymore 1-12 Glanworth 0-6.
We entertained Glanworth last Friday evening in Shanballymore in our third game in the football league and made a blistering start to the game which saw us rack up 1-5 in the first fifteen minutes. This was an ideal start against a youthful Glanworth team who gradually got into the game and played some nice football for the remainder of the game.
Our first half scores came from some excellent football played by our back line who were again outstanding and time and time again they stopped Glanworth attacks and worked the ball at pace out of defence to set these scores for out foRwards. Kenneth Barry and Paul Burke had our first two points before center back Haulie Burke made a great run up field and floated one over for point number three.
Eoin McHugh and Colman O’Reilly combined to set up Alan Sheedy for our forth point and we were in total control when Haulie again came up field and received a beautiful pass from Eoin O’Regan which saw Haulie goal with a low drive to the corner of the net. We had our fifth point just after the quarter hour mark when Rob McHugh set up Kenneth Barry to point from close range.
Leading 1-5 to 0-0 we knew that Glanworth would come at us for the rest of the half and from one attack they were awarded a close in free which they pointed to get off the mark. Unfortunately at this stage we lost influential center back Haulie Burke too a black card and Haulie was to be a hugh loss to us. Glanworth added the free to draw closer but from our next attack Richard Burke set Sean lynch on his way with a neat pass and Lynch made a great run before pointing from distance.
Glanworth had there third point from play with twenty minutes gone and from the next attack Stephen Donegan had to be alert and made a good save to avert the danger. Our next flurry up field saw Brian O’Reilly fouled after running through the heart of the Glanworth defence and Alan Sheedy put over the resulting free. We stretched our lead further when we won the kick out and Eoin O’Regan was on hand to put over a excellent point from out on the wing while under pressure from his marker.
Glanworth had the next two scores coming from a free and play but they were well nullified by our back line with Brian Sheedy totally dominating from the full back position. We finished off the first half scoring when Darren Roche played a excellent pass to Eoin McHugh who found Kenneth Barry to point and see us lead at the short whistle 1-9 to 0-5.
The second half was to be a scrappy affair with Glanworth trying hard to get back into the game but again our defence was to be outstanding and held the men from the Harbour to a single point in the entire half which was an outstanding achievement considering Glanworth had a lot of possession and put us under a lot of pressure.
We didn’t light up the score board either in the second half but the returning Declan Fitzgibbon who replaced in the hard working Paul Burke who got a lovely point from play mid way through the half. Alan Sheedy had our other two points from close in frees after good pressure from our forwards.
It was also great to see Jerome Fitzgerald return from his injury and he got a valuable 15 minutes in the second half and looked sharp when on the ball and linked up well with the lads around him. In the end we ran our convincing winners by nine points 1-12 to 0-6 and collected our third win out of three games in this competitive league.
Team: Stephen Donegan, Richard Burke, Brian Sheedy, Darren Roche, Colman O’Reilly, Haulie Burke(1-1), Robert McHugh, Sean Lynch(0-1), Eoin McHugh, Alan Sheedy(0-4, 0-3f), Eoin O’Regan(0-1), Brian O’Reilly, Paul Burke(0-1), Kenneth Barry(0-3), Subs: Brendan Hayes for Haulie Burke (BC), Declan Fitzgibbon(0-1) for Paul Burke, Shaun Cronin for Brian Sheedy, Jerome Fitzgerald for Colman O’Reilly.