PASSAGE have qualified for the quarter-finals of the Sports Turf Solutions Seandún Junior A Hurling Championship against Na Piarsaigh.
A goal within seconds of the throw-in at Ballinlough ensured that Passage were in control from the start, while the second half was more evenly contested as a goal in the final quarter brought the Blackpool side within three points of Passage.
Glen Rovers were pinned back from the start as Niall McCarthy drilled home a goal from the edge of the square for Passage after 22 seconds.
Passage won possession from the resulting puck-out and Cian McCarthy tagged on a point from play before Jamie Corkery replied with a point for the Blackpool side.
Tom O’Neill and Ronan Harrington scored points from play for Passage, while Eoin O’Neill pointed frees for Glen Rovers approaching the second quarter.
Ronan Harrington came close to scoring a second goal for Passage in this period as he soloed through the Blackpool side’s defence, but his shot from close range was narrowly off target.
Passage outscored the Blackpool side by eight points to six in the second quarter with Cian McCarthy converting five frees for Passage. The Glen hit three frees in this phase with Eoin O’Neill scoring two and goalkeeper Cian Long the other, as Passage led by 1-11 to 0-9 at the break.
Corkery pointed a free for the Blackpool side and Cian McCarthy replied with a 65 for Passage before Ryan McGuckin scored the first point from play in the second half for Glen Rovers.
Persistent fouling was proving to be costly for the Blackpool side as Cian McCarthy slotted over two unanswered pointed frees to stretch the margin to six points.
Both sides continued to trade points entering the final quarter before McGuckin won possession from his own puck-out to solo through the Passage defence and score a goal to reduce the deficit to three points.
Graham Carroll scored a point for Passage to give his side a four-point advantage before Long and McGuckin replied with pointed frees deep in stoppage time, with Long converting his third free.
Cian McCarthy 0-10 (0-8 f, 0-1 65); N McCarthy 1-2; G Carroll 0-2; R Harrington, T O’Neill, J Kind, T Mullane 0-1 each.
R McGuckin 1-4 (0-1 f); E O’Neill 0-4f; C Long 0-3f; J Corkery 0-2 (0-1f); S Wallace 0-2; S Horgan 0-1.
L Hanlon; A Kidney, K O’Flynn, R Cooney; Cathal McCarthy, R Carroll, S Harrington; G Carroll, J Kind; S Howard, Cian McCarthy, N McCarthy; T O’Neill, R Harrington, C Coughlan.
T Mullane for C Coughlan (48); S Coughlan for Kind (57).
C Long; D Dunlea, B Phelan, R Byrnes; C Byrnes, D Moylan, B O’Regan; D Milner, S Horgan; J Glavin, S Wallace, J Corkery; S Busteed, E O’Neill, R McGuckin.
A O’Callaghan for O’Neill (35); D Marshall for O’Regan (44); C Cullinane for Horgan (58).
Paddy O’Sullivan (Bishopstown).