Glanmire pull off a major upset in minor football opener against champs Douglas

Glanmire pull off a major upset in minor football opener against champs Douglas
Douglas' Cillian Donlon and Glanmire's Cathal McCarthy tussle for the ball during the Premier 1 MFC in Glanmire. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Glanmire 3-8 Douglas 1-9

DEFENDING champions, Douglas, were stunned into submission by a rampant Glanmire side in a thrilling Premier 1 Minor football championship at Glanmire on Wednesday night.

It puts the hosts in a very strong position in group that also features Ballincollig, last year's runners-up, who recorded a big win over Nemo.

The game started in a welter of excitement with the Douglas full-back Casey Buckley receiving a black card after just two minutes when he illegally pulled down James Crowley on route to goal. Glanmire were competitive in the opening exchanges but the class of Douglas soon resurfaced with Michael Nason levelling proceedings two minutes later.

Gradually Douglas began exposing the Glanmire defence and with Alan O’Hare kicking four consecutive points to make it 0-5 to 0-2.

The biggest talking point of the half was when the Glanmire coach Tomás Ó Sé was ejected from the pitch by the match referee Brian Coniry. The former Kerry star and a regular RTÉ pundit had a verbal exchange with the match official that resulted in his dismissal.

Indeed, the dismissal of Ó Sé brought life into Glanmire though, and with three minutes remaining they scored a quality goal.

A shot by Luke Elliot was parried by the Douglas keeper Cian O’Leary but Rory O’Brien was on hand to guide the ball to the empty net. Douglas had the final say of the half when Aaron Sheehy kicked a classy point that saw them go in at the break 1-3 to 0-5 up.

Glanmire were quickest from the blocks on the restart as the outstanding James Crowley kicked an early point. Despite getting plenty of possession Glanmire were punished in the 52nd minute when Conor O’Donovan punished them with an opportunist goal that saw the champions edge ahead 1-8 to 1-6.

Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Despite substitute Stephen St Leger increasing their lead to three points but they couldn't hold on.

Credit to Glanmire they battled as if their lives depended on the result and when Daniel Hogan drilled in a goal from close range with two minutes remaining the sides were level.

Glanmire basically outbattled their opponents when the game hung in the balance and when Hogan took a superb pass from Crowley with a minute remaining he calmly slotted the ball to the empty net. 

Crowley finished with a point for Glanmire as Douglas looked shell-shocked at the final whistle.

Scorers for Glanmire: D Hogan 2-0, J Crowley 0-4 (0-2f), R O’Brien 1-0, L Elliot, C Hughes D Lynch (f), O Compton 0-1 each.

Douglas: A O’Hare 0-6 (0-3 f), C O’Donovan 1-0, A Sheehy 0-2, S St. Leger 0-1.

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

Subs: A King for K McCarthy, C Hughes for J O’Sullivan, E Nolan for L Elliot.

DOUGLAS: C O’Leary; S Geaney, C Buckley, C Donlon; M Howell, C Kenny, D Kelly; E Nash, S Aherne; D Burke, M Nason, N Lynch; A O’Hare, C O’Donovan, A Sheehy.

Subs: K McSweeney for S Geaney, S St Leger for C Donlon.

Referee: Brian Coniry (Crosshaven).

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