Glen Rovers 3-18 Ballincollig 3-15
A DRAMATIC first-round tie saw Glen Rovers advance with a Nora O’Riordan goal three minutes into injury time in Castleroad.
It was a game that looked to have gone from them on more than one occasion and credit must go to their never say die attitude.
The Glen can thank the magnificent free taking of Denise Luby who finished the game 1-12.
Linda Dorgan was outstanding for Ballincollig and ran the show. The game could have gone either way.
In the opening half the Glen defence were playing from behind and making life very difficult for themselves.
Ballincollig were playing with more assertion as the Glen’s reaction at times was too slow. Ciara Healy was doing well for Collig in defence. Ashling Wallace was lively when in possession but the Glen needed greater speed in their striking up front to gain headway.
Four points in a row from Denise Luby (frees) and Aisling Wallace gave the Glen the lead for the first time on 24 minutes. With the sides level heading to half time, a goalmouth scramble saw Wallace kick to the net, and it looked as if they’d take that lead to the dressing room.
But Patricia Buttimer caught the Glen defence by surprise when her free went to the net and followed by a Linda Dorgan point it was Ballincollig that led by one.
Kelly Falvey was excellent in defence for the Glen during the second half. Hannah O’Leary goaled for Collig on 51 to give them the lead by three.
Super-sub Nora O’Riordan and Luby levelled the game for the sixth time. When Orla McCarthy goaled with a minute of normal time remaining to put Ballincollig four points up it looked bad for the Glen.
But again, they came back. Luby finished a goalmouth melee to the net and she levelled the game with another flawless free. We were headed for extra time until O’Riordan’s high delivery defied Anna Hartnett and it was game over.
Scorers for Glen Rovers: D Luby 1-12 (0-12 f), A Wallace 1-2, N O’Riordan 1-2, T McCarthy 0-1, N Walsh 0-1 each.
Ballincollig: P Buttimer 1-6 (1-1 f, 0-1 45), H O’Leary 1-2, O McCarthy 1-2, L Dorgan 0-3, A Lovett 0-2.
GLEN ROVERS: L O’Riordan; S Fahy, K Falvey, K O’Connell; L O’Sullivan, M Browne, A O’Rourke; T McCarthy, L Cunningham; N O’Brien, K Walsh, E Murphy; S Hayes, D Luby, A Wallace.
Subs: N O’Riordan for S Hayes (34), K Buckley for N O’Brien (51), C Martin for A O’Rourke (59).
BALLINCOLLIG: A Harnett; M O’Leary, S Keating, C Healy; O Keating, S Buckley, A Cotter; L Dorgan, S Coomey; P Buttimer, M O’Donoghue, D Cronin; H O’Leary, O McCarthy, A Lovett.
Referee: Walter Cole (Buttervant).