Glen Rovers up the gears to ease into county final against Imokilly

Glen Rovers up the gears to ease into county final against Imokilly
Glen Rovers Patrick Horgan tussles with Carrigtwohill's Pat Sullivan. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Glen Rovers 0-26 Carrigtwohill 0-11

IN STARK contrast to their two previous assignments when they had just the bare minimum in their favour, Glen Rovers had it all too easy here as they romped into the Cork County SHC final.

Carrigtwohill gave it their best shot but the reality was they were simply blown away by a Glen side that looked very sharp throughout.

The one thing that the East Cork team required here was a decent start but the complete opposite was the case as the Blackpool team cut loose from the off and were 10 points to the good in as many minutes.

Even at that ridiculously early juncture in the game the portents did not look good for Carrigtwohill and effectively there were on a damage limitation mission from there to the finish.

Maybe the Glen would have preferred a more searching examination of their credentials before they face the three-in-a-row seeking Imokilly but you can only play what’s in front of you and they were very clinical here in everything that they did.

The only disconcerting note for them was the withdrawal of Stephen McDonnell in the second-half with a groin complaint and fingers will be crossed in the Glen Field that he’ll be okay for the final.

They could afford the luxury in the latter stages to empty their bench and provide some game time for a few members of their squad.

The floodgates opened very early with Conor Dorris firing over a hat-trick of points after just three minutes.

Liam Coughlan added another and that great servant Donal Cronin exhibited his value to the team with a brace.

Patrick Horgan made it 0-7 to 0-0 after just eight minutes with Dean Brosnan and Simon Kennefick adding to the tally to leave it at 0-12 to 0-0 after 17 minutes.

Carrigtwohill just had no answers to that avalanche of scoring and they didn’t open their account until the 18th minute when the very talented Liam Gosnell pointed a free.

The youngster followed up with two more scores from the placed ball but the Glen’s response was two more sublimely executed points from Donal Cronin and Adam O’Donovan.

Back in the Glen defence team captain Brian Moylan was leading by example and at the interval it was a 12-point game, 0-16 to 0-4

Carrigtwohill began the second-half in a more positive fashion with points from Gosnell again and Jay Horgan.

Of course, the game had long ceased to be a meaningful contest with Carrigtwohill unable to replicate the form that they had shown in their run to the last four.

They were far too dependent on Gosnell in attack and not one of their other starting forwards managed to get on the scoresheet.

Moylan came up field to rifle over a point for the Glen and Donal Cronin added another before he was withdrawn after a hugely productive innings.

Robert Downey delivered a point as well for the city team and young Simon Kennefick did likewise.

Carrigtwohill, to be fair, fought the good fight right to the end but this was a bridge they simply had no hope of crossing

So, the Glen march on to another final, their fourth since 2014.

That’s some level of consistency and they deserve a lot of credit for that.

They will find themselves carrying the underdog tag against Imokilly in the final but that will suit them down to the ground.

In fact, they’ll relish pitting themselves against the county’s most formidable unit over the past few years.

Whether they’ll be good enough or not remains to be seen but the Glen in a county final, is there any more to be said?

On this day, in Páirc Uí Rinn, they issued a fairly strong statement.

Glen Rovers' Simon Kennefick shoots from Carrigtwohill's Padraic Hogan. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Glen Rovers' Simon Kennefick shoots from Carrigtwohill's Padraic Hogan. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Scorers for Glen Rovers: P Horgan 0-8 (0-3 f); D Cronin, C Dorris 0-4 each; S Kennefick 0-3; L Coughlan, D Brosnan 0-2 each; R Downey, B Moylan, A O’Donovan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Carrigtwohill: L Gosnell 0-10 (0-8 f, 0-1 65); J Horgan 0-1.

GLEN ROVERS: C Hickey; S McDonnell, D Dooling, C Healy; R Downey, B Moylan, D Noonan; D Cronin, A O’Donovan; D Cunningham, C Dorris, D Brosnan; S Kennefick, P Horgan, L Coughlan.

Subs: A Lynch for McDonnell (25, inj); D Busteed for Cunningham (48); D Tynan for Cronin (50); D Morris for Downey (54); G Kennefick for Dorris (57).

CARRIGTWOHILL: S Devlin; P O’Sullivan, R Power, P Bearden; C O’Connell, P Hogan, A Walsh-Barry; J Horgan, T Hogan; J McCarthy, S Roche, L O’Sullivan; B Twomey, S Rohan, L Gosnell.

Subs: J Mulcahy for Hogan (h-t): E O’Mahony for Roche, J Carroll for McCarthy (both 50).

Referee: C McAllister.

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