Glen Rovers boss concedes they need to hurl smarter in county semi-final

Glen Rovers boss concedes they need to hurl smarter in county semi-final

Robert Downey, Glen Rovers finds himself ‘sandwiched’ by Newtownshandrum players David O’Connor and Tim O’Mahony. Picture: Larry Cummins

GLEN Rovers team boss Richie Kelleher found himself in a similar situation to what he had been in a few weeks previous when his team overcame Charleville in the third-round of the Cork SHC.

It had been a close call in Mallow that night and things hadn’t changed much after they had faced Charleville’s near neighbours from Newtownshandrum last Saturday. Again it had gone down to the wire and Kelleher cut a very relieved figure afterward.

“We won, we’ll take it but we still have a lot to work on. We had a bit of difficulty the last few weeks with injuries, we lost a few matches, it’s been a bit of a battle but we won tonight.

“We got on top there in the second half, we got what I would not say was a lucky goal because David Cunningham stuck it well into the back of the net but you have to compliment Newtown, I thought they were tremendous and they had a cut off us and you’d have to feel sorry for them.”

Glen netminder Cathal Hickey was in inspired form, producing three or four quite sublime saves and he was undoubtedly their man of the match.

“Yes, Cathal has been doing that for a very long time. He had injury worries for the last few weeks but he wanted to play and we knew he’d be okay after talking to him. He had hurt his wrist a few weeks back but, look, he made some great saves, he does that always for us.’’

Now it’s a semi-final assignment against Carrigtwohill, a game the city team will be expected to win but Kelleher will be very cautious. “I am not building them up or knocking us down on that performance but on that performance, we’d be very vulnerable.

“People judge us on what we did three or four years ago but we are a different team now, we have brought a lot of youth into the team but we still have the older guys and you need that.

“We are good enough to win matches but we need to be a lot smarter because our hurling tonight was way off at times. We did some stupid things and you can be punished for that the further you go. In the first half, the conditions were not a great factor but our fellows had it in their heads that we are playing with a bit of a gale and that going to win it for us."

The Glen missed a penalty after James Bowles had denied Patrick Horgan but Kelleher knew it was not going to be easy with the conditions.

“I said it to the lads, 'this will be dodgy', a heavy ball, wet ground and the goalie made a great save.

“That was our second sort of a dogfight and we got out of it, the heart and the spirit and the drive to win was there.

“You had (Stephen) McDonnell back to his best there but it’s just our hurling brain. Our skill is still a bit off but we’ll work on that."

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