Glen Rovers 1-17 Midleton 0-16
GLEN ROVERS finished strongly to see off Midleton in a quality county senior hurling championship first-round tie at Páirc Uí Rinn.
The game swung on two key moments in a dramatic closing quarter with Glen keeper Cathal Hickey throwing his body in the way of a Conor Lehane shot to prevent a certain goal after 46 minutes.
The city club then turned defence into attack for the outstanding Patrick Horgan to fire over a point and reduce the deficit to 0-15 to 0-13.
But, the decisive moment came nine minutes from the end of regulation time with the only goal.
Dean Brosnan, who had been quiet, burst into life with a surging run to set-up an equally subdued Simon Kennefick, who finished in style.
That triggered the Glen to register the closing five scores with Horgan belting a monster free from behind his own 65m line and then earning a free, which he duly knocked over.
Conor Dorris claimed his fourth a minute from time before Horgan brought his tally to nine.
Midleton threatened in the third minute of injury-time, but the brilliant Conor Lehane was whistled up for too many steps.
There was little to choose between the sides at the end of an interesting first-half with Midleton ahead 0-11 to 0-10.
In essence it was a story of the shooters, Lehane on one side and Horgan and Dorris on the other as the trio made the most of the glorious conditions to register some magnificent points.
Lehane was unmarkable in the period, helping himself to eight in all, half from placed balls while the threat posed by Horgan and Dorris was obvious in their 0-7 contribution between them, all bar one from play. Liam Coughlan hit an important 0-3 for the Glen.
The closest moment to a goal came in the eighth minute when the impressive Tommy O’Connell sprinted clear of the Glen defence and let rip only to be denied by a flying Hickey save at the expense of a 65, which Lehane converted.
Such was Lehane’s confidence that he tried his luck from a free in front of the posts and opted to go low and hard, but the alert defence managed to usher the ball over the bar.
Three early second-half points reflected Midleton’s grip to stretch their lead by four only for the Glen to find more in the closing stages.
Scorers for Glen Rovers: P Horgan 0-9, 4f, C Dorris 0-4, S Kennefick 1-0, L Coughlan 0-3, D Tynan 0-1
Scorers for Midleton: C Lehane 0-11, 5f, S O’Meara and R O’Regan 0-2 each, G Manley 0-1
GLEN ROVERS: C Hickey; D Morris, D Dooling, A Lynch; R Downey, B Moylan, captain, D Noonan; S McDonnell, A O’Donovan; D Brosnan, S Kennefick, D Tynan; C Dorris, P Horgan, L Coughlan.
Subs: G Kennefick for Tynan and D Cronin for McDonnell 49.
MIDLETON: T Wallace; P O’Farrell, E Moloney, S Smyth; S O’Farrell, S O’Leary-Hayes, L Dineen; C Walsh; A Ryan, S O’Mara, C Beausang; G Manley, C Lehane, R O’Regan.
Subs: E Walsh for S O’Farrrell 42, J Hegarty for Ryan 46.
Referee: C Lyons (Nemo Rangers)