Glen Rovers 2-20 Midleton 1-18
A BIT of revenge for the Glen as they got the better of Midleton in their opening game in the Rebel Óg Premier 1 Minor Hurling Championship at Midleton last night.
The Magpies are the county champions, having defeated the Glen in the final so they were out for a bit of revenge — but also, more importantly, to get their first game in the round-robin stage off to a winning start.
For most of the tie, there was little between the sides, but a goal from the impressive Luke Horgan, with a minute of normal time left, was a killer score as it put them 2-19 to 1-16 up.
All through, it was a highly entertaining game, with Horgan, Eoin O’Leary, Eoin Downey, and Nathan Goulding in top form for the winners.
Conor Fitzgerald made his mark on this game for Midleton, scoring 16 of their 18 points, though all bar one were from frees and they'll need to score more from play to get back in contention in a group that also features Sars and Blackrock.
Some of the frees were superb however, with the tight angles involved
Overall, the Glen were that bit better and were deserving winners.
Midleton took the lead through a Fitzgerald free, with O’Leary equalising from play for the Glen.
Fitzgerald put the Magpies back in front, with O’Leary levelling again from a 65. Horgan put the Glen in front for the first time, with six minutes gone, but another Fitzgerald free saw them level again.
Then Midleton got the opening goal, a long ball in from Michael Finn ending up in the back of the net, to make it 1-3 to 0-3. Horgan was on target again, with Fitzgerald and Paul Connaughton replying for Midleton.
Horgan replied for the Glen and, with 16 minutes gone, the Glen got their goal, with Dylan Long finding the back of the net from distance.
Fitzgerald pointed another free for the Magpies, with Horgan and two from Goulding, making it 1-6 apiece.
O’Leary and Nathan Goulding pointed for the Glen, with Fitzgerald hitting three more for this team and at half-time, the visitors were in front, 1-10 to 1-9. Dylan Long and O’Leary extended their lead, with Fitzgerald pulling a point back.
Two more from O’Leary, with Fitzgerald replying helped the Glen into a 1-15 to 1-12 lead after 45 minutes.
Downey and Goulding pointed to stretch their lead, with three from Fitzgerald making it 1-19 to 1-16.
Then Horgan got the all-important goal, but again Fitzgerald hit back with two to reduce the deficit. But Horgan rounded off the scoring as the Glen ran out deserving winners.
Scorers for Glen Rovers: L Horgan 1-5, E O’Leary 0-8 (0-6 f, 0-65), D Long 1-1, N Goulding 0-3, L Quilligan 0-2, E Downey 0-1.
Midleton: C Fitzgerald 0-16 (0-15 f), M Finn 1-0, P Connaughton, D Cagney 0-1 each.
GLEN ROVERS: S Lynam; S Cronin, G Marshall, D Coughlan; S Corcoran, E Downey, A Lordan; J O’Driscoll, L Horgan; L Quilligan, N Goulding, C Martin; E O’Leary, D Long, M Ring.
Subs: J Kennefick for M Ring (46), R Dunne for J O’Driscoll (57).
MIDLETON: B Saunderson; G Reddy, C Smyth, P Kane; L Hennessy, C Walsh, A Fay; J Fitzgerald, C Fitzgerald; R Hartnett, M Finn, D McCarthy; P Connaughton, D Cagney, E Kelly.
Sub: T Roche for R Hartnett (50).
Ref: B Coniry, Crosshaven.