Glen Rovers 1-22 Charleville 1-21 (aet)
A DRAMATIC Saturday night in Mallow in the third round of the Cork SHC ended with Glen Rovers getting home by a nose in a compelling encounter with newcomers Charleville.
Extra-time was required to drag them apart after the 80 minutes and it was just a pity that there had to be a loser.
This was a searching test of the Glen’s credentials, they were asked major questions by the North Cork team and for a long time it looked like they would be travelling back to Blackpool empty-handed.
They never led during regulation time and were chasing the game throughout that 60 minutes until substitute Donal Cronin secured the equaliser in stoppage time.
However, they burst forth in the opening sequences of the first period of extra-time and constructed a seven-point advantage before Charleville brought it back to three after the first 10 minutes.
They had it down to a point in the dying embers of the second 10 minutes but the Glen held their nerve to extend their championship season.
And full marks to them for that, they were severely tested here by a Charleville team that had Darragh Fitzgibbon in sublime form throughout. He posted 16 points for the gallant losers and his contribution on this night was vast.
The bulk of his scores came off the placed ball but he converted a few beauties from play too to illustrate what a rich talent he is.
Patrick Horgan put up a dozen points for the city team, all but one coming from the dead ball and it goes without saying that those scores were a major contributory factor in the final outcome. Another factor in the Glen’s triumph was their use of the subs bench with Donal Cronin and Dave Busteed exhibiting their experience and securing some important points.
Dean Brosnan notched the Glen’s goal in extra-time with Andrew Cagney responding in the same period for the North Corkmen.
Charleville were the superior team in the opening half and deservedly led by five points at the interval, 0-11 to 0-6 with Fitzgibbon firing over eight of that tally.
Cathal Hickey, who was again very influential between the sticks for the Glen saved superbly from Andrew Cagney early on but the Blackpool unit were second best in that opening half although Dale Tynan, Simon Kennefick and Brosnan got a few decent points for them.
Horgan began the second-half on the edge of the square for the Glen being followed in by Alan Dennehy for Charleville who had a fine game.
Fitzgibbon went to wing-forward for Charleville at the start of the second half and wasn’t as influential as he had been for a while but he thundered back into the game as it aged.
Charleville maintained their advantage up to the 42nd minute but five unanswered points for the Glen from Horgan, with four and Brosnan tied it all up at 0-13 apiece with 10 minutes remaining.
But Charleville responded again and a point from Mark Kavanagh in the 59th minute had them two points clear again.
But the old spirit of the Glen surfaced again and points from Simon Kennefick and Donal Cronin levelled it all up.
Both sides had an opportunity in injury time to secure the result but a long-range free from Fitzgibbon fell short and at the other end Horgan was wide from an acute angle.
So, into extra-time we went with the Glen now taking control.
Points from Horgan, Daniel Morris and Donal Cronin and a kicked goal from Brosnan had them firmly in the ascendency to the tune of 1-4.
But Andrew Cagney drilled home a fine goal for Charleville which he followed with a point to leave it at 1-20 to 1-17 after the first period.
In the final 10 minutes it was still delicately poised with Hickey denying Fitzgibbon with a smart save from a long-range free.
The young Cork star pointed a few more points and there was just a point in it again.
Busteed put the Glen two clear with the 80 minutes almost up Fitzgibbon brought it back to a point but the Glen held on for a huge victory.
It was really put up to them here but they survived to tell the tale and will probably be all the better for it.
Scorers for Glen Rovers: P Horgan (0-12, 0-11 frees), D Brosnan (1-2), S Kennefick, D Cronin and D Busteed (0-2 each), D Morris and D Tynan (0-1 each).
Scorers for Charleville: D Fitzgibbon (0-16, 0-11 frees, 0-2 65s), A Cagney (1-1), D Casey (0-2), J Doyle and M Kavanagh (0-1 each).
GLEN ROVERS: C Hickey; D Morris, D Dooling, C Healy; R Downey, B Moylan, D Noonan; S McDonnell, A O’Donovan; D Brosnan, P Horgan, D Tynan; C Dorris, S Kennefick, L Coughlan.
Subs: G Kennefick for L Coughlan, D Cronin for S McDonnell (both 46), D Busteed for D Tynan (55), A Lynch for D Dooling (75), D Cunningham for C Dorris (70), S McDonnell for C Healy (76).
CHARLEVILLE: C Collins; D Butler, F Cagney, M O’Flynn; A Dennehy, J Buckley, C Carroll; J Callaghan, D Fitzgibbon; J Doyle, K O’Connor, D Casey; C Buckley, M Kavanagh, A Cagney.
Subs: T Hawe for C Buckley (29), C Fitzgerald for D Casey (68), G Kelleher for M Kavanagh (73).
Referee: Cathal McAllister (Aghada).