Glen Rovers 0-14 Sarsfields 1-9
AS predicted this turned out to be the pick of the opening rounds in the SE Systems senior championship tie in Castle Road last evening.
And what a thriller it was. With wind advantage, the Glen came out determined to put it up to the champions. Hollie Herlihy got the game off the mark but the next four points went the Glens way with Denise Luby getting three, two from frees and Kayleigh O’Sullivan hitting a beauty.
The pace was fast, both defenders doing good work and both sides, playing a 15-on-15 format, attacked the game.
Molly Lynch made a point-blank save on six minutes and was competent throughout.
At the other end Lisa O’Riordan would have been called upon more often such was the danger Lucy Allen posed but the Glen stopped her further out conceding a free which was pointed and a penalty.
The penalty was blocked but Allen herself slotted over the rebound. The Glen responded well with Lydia Cunningham and Katie Walsh pointing either side of another Saoirse Desmond free.
Both defences acquitted themselves well as two points separated the sides at the break.
With the wind now at their backs, the tempo increased from Sars. They started to win good battles in defence and get a grip around the middle of the park.
They had the game level within four minutes and a Saoirse Desmond free gave them the lead for the first time since the third minute. A Luby free levelled it again before Aine Mullins had the ball in the net for Sars.
Lauren Callanan and Karen O’Connell were doing brilliant work as Sars attacked. Lydia Cunningham at the other end was giving it her all in the Glen jersey as three lovely points from Luby, the stylish Katie Walsh and Lydia Cunningham had the sides level again. Desmond pointed.
The game went into additional time and what a class five three minutes the Glen produced. A Luby free and two brilliant points from Emma Murphy and Kayleigh O’Sullivan put the Glen two points up. They fought for every ball, their defence where Cliona Martin, Kelly Falvey, Sinead Fahy, Leanne O’Sullivan, Karen O’Connell and Lauren Callanan were outstanding held off a potent Sars attack.
Lisa O’Riordan saved off the line five minutes into additional time and it was game over for a tremendous Glen victory.
Scorers for Glen Rovers: D Luby 0-6 (0-5 f), K Walsh 0-3, K O'Sullivan, Lydia Cunningham 0-2, E Murphy 0-1.
Sarsfields: S Desmond 0-5 f, A Mullins 1-1, L Kelly, M Barry, H Herlihy 0-1 each.
SARSFIELDS: M Lynch; E Murphy, K Barry, N O’Callaghan; E Casey, M Mullins, O McAllen; C Mullins, L Kelly; C Irwin, M Barry, H Herlihy; S Desmond, A Mullins, L Allen.
Subs: C Casey for H Herlihy (40) , R O’Mahony for L Allen (54), E Woods for A Mullins and M McCarthy for M Barry (60), G Cashman for L Kelly (62).
GLEN ROVERS: L O’Riordan; C O’Brien, K Falvey, C Martin; K O’Connell, L O’Sullivan, L Callanan; T McCarthy, E Murphy; N O’Riordan, L Cunningham, N O’Brien; K Walsh, D Luby, K O’Sullivan.
Subs: S Fahy for C O’Brien (29 inj), A Wallace for N O’Brien (46).
Ref: Simon Stokes (Tullylease).