Glen Rovers 1-13 Sarsfields 1-12
A DRAMATIC late goal saw Glen Rovers win the Carrigaline Court Hotel Premier 1 U15 HC at Togher on Sunday.
The goal came in the 71st minute, after a long stoppage when the Glen’s Luke Horgan and Sars, Mark Guinnane, collided in the centre of the pitch. The stoppage saw the latter have to be stretchered off and the former score the winning goal.
When referee, Diarmuid Kirwan, blew the whistle for the re-start it sparked a pitch invasion as the Glen subs and supporters thought the game was over. But the pitch had to be cleared and the game started again, but a minute later it sounded and this time they could celebrate for real.
You will have to go far to see a better game of hurling this year, with both sides playing superb hurling. Both the Horgan and Guinnane had outstanding games for their respective sides.
Add in the likes of Dylan Long and Micky Ring for the Glen, whilst Sars also had Daniel Horgan and Oliver Compton in top form.
Horgan and Hogan are two to watch and if they keep progressing then these two will feature for their clubs and county for many years to come.
Two outstanding defenders that play the game the way it should, with both able to catch the ball under pressure and score from distance.
The only pity was there was a loser as any neutrals in the crowd would love to have seen them go at it again, such was the high standard of play.
This Glen side won the Feile and U14 championship titles last year and showed on their way to the final they were determined to keep their winning run going.
It was going to take a very good side to stop them and in Sars they certainly had that and in truth, a draw would probably have been a fair result.
The first-half was relatively low scoring, with both defences on top, but it exploded into life in the second-half.
Daniel Murphy opened the scoring for the Glen, with Hogan replying for Sars. Rory O’Brien put Sars in front, from a free, with Long and Horgan replying with frees for the Glen.
The champions led by 0-3 to 0-2, with 15 minutes gone, before Sars got the first goal of the tie. A long ball in from Hogan was caught by Colm McCarthy and he blasted to the back of the net, to make it 1-2 to 0-3.
The Glen hit back, with two points from Long, to level it, before O’Brien restored Sars lead.
A brilliant catch from Horgan saw him get the last score of the half, to see it level at the break, 0-6 to 1-3.
Points from O’Brien and Cathal McCarthy restored Sars lead, with Thomas Horgan replying for the Glen.
Hogan made it a two-point game again, with Tom Downey and Long replying to see the side level for the fourth time.
Colm McCarthy and Horgan exchanged points, to make it 1-7 to 0-10, with 10 minutes to go.
Sars hit two-in-a-row, through O’Brien and Colm McCarthy, but again the Glen responded.
Downey and Long had them level for the sixth time as the game headed for injury time.
Sars then hit a purple patch and three in-a-row, from Colm McCarthy, Odhran Sheppard and David Lynch, looked like winning it for them, as they led 1-12 to 0-13.
But then the injury came, which saw the game stopped for nine minutes, and from the re-start the Glen got a 65.
Long played the ball in and it broke to Horgan, who pulled on it and it rifled into the net, putting them a point up.
They withstood one last Sars attack to take the title, repeating their Feile win over the same side last year, in a simply brilliant game.
Scorers for Glen Rovers: L Horgan 1-3 (2f), D Long 0-5 (2f), T Downey 0-2, D Murphy, T Horgan, J Kenefick 0-1 each.
Sarsfields: C McCarthy 1-3, R O’Brien 0-4 (3f), D Hogan, C McCarthy 0-2 each, D Lynch 0-1.
GLEN ROVERS: C Hourigan; C Martin, G Marshall, S Barrett; B Kelleher, L Horgan, S Corcoran; J O’Driscoll, A Lordan; T Horgan, N Goulding, D Murphy; M Ring, T Downey, D Long.
Sub: J Kenefick for J O’Driscoll.
SARSFIELDS: N Marron; D O’Connor, L Elliot, J Gibson; O Kelleher, D Hogan, F O’Brien; R O’Brien, O Compton; Cathal McCarthy, M Guinnane, O Sheppard; Colm McCarthy, D Daly, D Lynch.
Subs: J Bowen for D O’Connor, D Long for D Daly, B Nodwell for M Guinnane, D Daly for D Hogan.
Ref: Diarmuid Kirwan, Eire Og.