Glen's strength in depth highlighted by blitzing Barryroe

Glen's strength in depth highlighted by blitzing Barryroe
Glen Rovers' David Busteed. Picture: David Keane.

GLEN Rovers had a comprehensive win over Barryroe in the IHC last weekend.

The city side's second team were in full control of this game from start to finish and know they will face tougher tests in the rounds ahead if they are to win this championship.

But they can only play what's in front of them and that they did in style.

As a team, they played superbly, with no line showing any weakness over the 60 minutes.

Keith McCarthy and David Busteed controlled midfield with their defence also on top all through. Up front, Barryroe found it difficult to deal with the likes of Evan O'Connell, Paul Virgo, Cathal O'Brien and Andy Evans.

You could add in the other two starting forwards, Mark Dooley and Ryan McGuckian, who all had the upper hand on their markers as they won by 3-16 to 0-7.

In fairness, it would be easy to knock Barryroe, but compared to the Glen they are a small club and have lost six or seven of their panel from last year. Priority for them must be survival at this level and it would be a shame to see them involved in a relegation battle.

But for the Glen, it's a case of moving on and selector, Joe O'Brien, was delighted with the win and attitude of his side.

“After a win like that, 3-16 to seven points, there should be no reason for complaints and we haven't really. We did what we had to do and you can only play what's in front of you.

“Barryroe have had better days and hopefully they will have better days to come, but today wasn't to be for them. We were just that little bit over them on the day.

“In the first half, we were playing against a strong wind and we know coming down here that it was important to have a quick start and in fairness, the lads did that. We stuck in two early goals which settled the team and it was a case of catch up for Barryroe after that.

“A lot of the team have played at senior level and there is no accounting for experience on a day like today and you can't beat it come championship. But we have a nice blend of youth as well, so we have a nice balanced team and how many we hold on to remains to be seen as the senior and this championship progress.

“We have some quick forwards in there, the likes of Paul Virgo and Ryan McGuckian and they are balanced with the physical presence of Cathal O'Brien so that worked well for us and it's great to get off to a winning start and we will move on from here,” concluded Joe.

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