Glanmire snatch spot in knockout stages of minor football by beating Nemo

Glanmire snatch spot in knockout stages of minor football by beating Nemo
Glanmire's Jeremy Kingston wins the ball from Douglas' Eoghan Nash during the Premier 1 MFC in Glanmire in an earlier group game. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Glanmire 3-11 Nemo Rangers 1-10

A POWERFUL display by Glanmire ensured they booked a semi-final berth in the Premier 1 MFC following a comfortable win over Nemo Rangers at Glanmire.

In a group where Douglas, Glanmire and Ballincollig all finished level with two wins but the points of the matches between the three sides saw Ballincollig eliminated at the death. 

Glanmire showed their intent in the opening minute when a three-man move saw the ball fall into the path of Luke Elliot who failed to goal, though he'd finish with two green flags by the end of the evening. 

Ironically on the next Nemo possession, they were awarded a free that Patrick Campbell slotted over the bar. Cork minor All-Ireland winner Campbell, who missed the club's first two defeats to Ballincollig and Douglas, added a second Nemo point four minutes later from another free as Glanmire were struggling to win possession.

It took 12 minutes for Glanmire to register their first score as a James Crowley point from a free got them up and running. Gradually the home side found a new lease of life and they were rewarded with a stunning goal.

Some good build-up play saw Daniel Hogan pinpoint a perfect pass to Luke Elliot who billowed the back of the net from close range. The Trabeg side were now on the ropes and when Rory O’Brien kicked his second point in the 25th minute Glanmire extended their lead to six points.

Nemo after going 23 minutes without a score chalked up their third point from another Campbell free but Mark Harrington finished the half with a monstrous white flag that reduced the deficit to five points at the break 1-6 to 0-4.

A point in the opening minute by Crowley was followed by a superb second Elliot goal in the 35th minute that knocked the stuffing out of Nemo as Dave Lynch slotted home a penalty midway through the half. 

Glanmire look a stronger unit with Darragh Murray back in the side and despite Ross Corkery kicking four wonderful Nemo points they were no match for their better-balanced opponents.

Scorers for Glanmire: L Elliot 2-0, J Crowley 0-5 f, O Compton 0-3 D Lynch 1-0 pen, R O’Brien 0-2, C McCarthy 0-1.

Nemo Rangers: P Campbell 0-4 f, R Corkery 0-4, R Timon 1-0, M Harrington 0-1, R Dillon 0-1.

GLANMIRE: D O’Connor; J Gibson, J Bowen, E Geary; D Murray, O Kelleher, J O’Sullivan; R O’Brien, D Lynch; J Kingston, D Hogan, C McCarthy; L Elliot, J Crowley, O Compton.

Subs: C Hughes for R O’Brien (inj 37)

NEMO: L Towler; D Egan, M Harrington, J Billingshurst; S Burke, J Scally, D O’Sullivan; C Coughlan, P Campbell; R Timon, D Twomey, R Hogan, D Ruddock C Casey, R Dillon, R Corkery.

Subs: M O’Sullivan for D Twomey (43), S Burke for R Horgan (47), C Casey for D Ruddock (51).

Referee: John Ryan (Macroom).

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