Glen boss admits he thought: ‘It was all over, we were gone...’

Glen boss admits he thought: ‘It was all over, we were gone...’
St Finbarr's Glenn O'Connor being closed down by Glen Rovers' David Busteed. Picture: David Keane.

THE feelgood factor that is currently sweeping through Cork hurling is rubbing off on everybody and last Saturday night the Glen and the Barrs served up a mouthwatering championship dish at Páirc Uí Rinn.

It’s history now that the Glen secured the most dramatic of winners, thanks to a David Cunningham, against a gallant Barrs side who fought tigerishly to restore pride in the old, blue jersey, scoring four goals but still falling short.

Neither side could hardly talk in the aftermath, in fact a lot of them stood around still trying to comprehend what had just transpired in front of their eyes.

When Glen boss Richie Kelleher finally got around to try and analyse the whole thing his voice was almost choking with emotion.

“It was gone, we were six points down. One of our men then, his buddy rang him from his holiday and he told him it was all over, we were gone and how we got out of there, I just don’t know.

“Champions die hard, I suppose, I feel very sorry for the ‘Barrs but with respect to them, we had lost a great Glen man during the week, Donal O’Sullivan, a great supporter and maybe he did us a favour from other places."

The Glen man acknowledged that the game had been a throwback to other times between the two very old rivals.

“Yes, it was a brilliant game, we’d be very disappointed with the goals that we gave away to keep them in the game and goals do.

“We got one ourselves in the end to win the game and we got 1-21 and that’s big scoring but you cannot give away as many as we did.

“If you do, your opponents will build on it. We were mad favourites but they got chances and they built on that.

“I won’t say we got out of jail because we are champions and you have to keep at it and as long as time is ticking we are ticking as a team and we have drilled that into them.

“Where we go from here, I don’t know but we have a lot of work to do. The knockout came a bit early for us this year, we thought we might beat Sars and that we’d be playing knockout on five or six weeks time and we’d have had more time.

“I was worried about it but we have heart and tradition and that got us over the line tonight.’’ 

The hero of the night was David Cunningham and Kelleher could not speak highly enough of him.

“There’s a story about him, the man is just a warrior Last week he wasn’t playing, we picked a team without him, I work with him in the same company and his ankle was all strapped up.

“He was told he should not even be walking around so we decided not to start him. He did train on Thursday, the whole session and he came up afterwards and he said to us, I want to play." 

Did they underestimate the Barrs?

"No, the Glen and the Barrs is a toss of a coin. They played in 13 county finals, won six each, drew one.

“There’s never anything betwen us and if you are not on your game you are going to be in a dogfight.

“They did the hurling tonight but we just dug in there, stayed with them and got the goal at the end."

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