Glanmire footballers ready for the final step in minor rematch with Douglas

Glanmire footballers ready for the final step in minor rematch with Douglas

Glanmire's James Gibson and Ibane Gaels Ryan O'Donovan tussle for the ball during the Rebel Óg P1 MFC semi-final at Clonakilty. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

GLANMIRE are ready for their shot at minor glory in Páirc Uí Rinn on Wednesday night against Douglas.

Having lifted the Premer 2 title in 2019, a host of the squad was underage again this season and stepped up to Premier 1 with great success.

Having negotiated a tough group, which featured Douglas, Ballincollig and Nemo, they beat Ibane Gaels 4-7 to 1-7 in the semi-final. 

Centre-forward Daniel Hogan is thrilled they made it to the decider. 

“It was a great win. We had to dig deep, especially when we were reduced to 14 men in the early stages of the second half. It caught us off guard, but we regrouped and won comfortably in the end. It was a really good team performance.”

Hogan hit the net against the Barryoe and Argideen Rangers amalgamation, finishing an inviting Ben Nodwell delivery to the net.

“It was a nice finish. Ben did great work. I was fortunate I was in the right place. It gave us a good start and set us on the way. It was great to finish with four goals. Goals are always vital. All the goals were well taken and well worked.” 

This very group crosses over to the Sars hurling team, beaten by St Finbarr's recently. 

“The vast majority of our squad were members of the hurling panel. That was a very tough loss. We have a very close panel. We are like brothers. 

"There is a great spirit. We are anxious not to experience the pain of losing another county final. We are determined to finish the season having won one county title.” 

Glanmire beat Douglas in the opening game, but the city side bounced back and hammered Ballincollig to save their season. The core of the team was in the line-up last year when Douglas captured the P1 crown.

“They are a great side. We defeated them earlier this season, but that will count for nothing the next day. It will be a totally new challenge. Sometimes we doubt ourselves. We have to believe in ourselves more.” 

Hogan is full of praise for the great coaching they have received this season from Shane Martin and Gerry Sparrow amongst others, including former Kerry footballer Tomás Ó Sé.

“We have the best coaches. We won the Premier 2 county last year and we have improved again this year. Getting Tomás in has been brilliant. He has brought a new dimension to our team.”

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