Glynn drive on to down Duffry
Barntown come from behind
Glynn-Barntown turned on the pressure in the second-half and ground out victory against Duffry Rovers to take the All-County Football League Division 2 title in St. Patrick's Park on Friday.
Glynn-Barntown 1-7 Duffry Rovers 1-4
The victors went in at half-time trailing by 0-4 to 0-1 after a torrential downpour made the opening quarter a bit of a lottery. The Duffry were worthy of their lead after an industrious first-half but they couldn't hold out their fancied opponents after the break and Glynn-Barntown eventually drove ahead for the win.
Seán Carmody hit the target from Michael Doyle's pass in the fourth minute for the opening score but his side struggled to get their full-forward line on the ball thereafter, despite the sustained threat of long, direct ball into the trio.
It would be another 33 minutes before they scored again as the Duffry took their chances to edge ahead. Aidan Byrne grabbed the first point in the twelfth minute, a score that was followed by Niall Beggan's free after Matthew Flynn-O'Connor was fouled.
Loughlin Rafter made it 0-3 to 0-1 in the 19th minute and less than 60 seconds later the gap was three after Beggan raised his second white flag. That would be the Coolree side's final score until injury time in the second-half though.
Glynn-Barntown began to cut the 0-4 to 0-1 interval deficit when Alan Cowman scored seven minutes after the resumption. Two more points from Michael O'Regan and Robert Dempsey ensured that the teams were level heading into the final quarter.
The big moment came twelve minutes from time when Dempsey latched on to John Leacy's long ball. The corner-forward performed a one-two with Craig Doyle and centred for substitute Barry Doyle to force over the line while falling.
A pair of O'Regan frees and an Ian Moran point looked to have wrapped the game up at 1-7 to 0-4. The Duffry pulled a goal back when Beggan volleyed home from close range in added time, but it wasn't enough to spoil the Glynn-Barntown party.
Glynn-Barntown: Nigel Donohoe; Nigel Usher, Robert Tierney, Eoin Raftery; Cian Neville, John Leacy, Alan Cowman (0-1); Michael Doyle (capt.), Callum O'Shea; Matthew Joyce, Michael O'Regan (0-3, 2 frees), Ríoghan Crosbie; Seán Carmody (0-1), Craig Doyle, Robert Dempsey (0-1). Subs. - Barry Doyle (1-0) for Joyce (31), Ian Moran (0-1) for Carmody (31), Brendan Doyle for O'Shea (43), Aaron Kehoe for Dempsey (48), David Farrell for C. Doyle (57).
Duffry Rovers: Bobby Larkin; Donie Doyle (capt.), Paul Nolan, Feargal Kenny; Conor Jordan, Aidan Byrne (0-1), Robert Frayne; Johnny Flynn-O'Connor, John McCarthy; Eoghan Kavanagh, Niall Beggan (1-2, 0-1 free), Loughlin Rafter (0-1); Matthew Flynn-O'Connor, Kevin Nolan, James Codd. Subs. - Paddy Nolan for K. Nolan (35), James Nolan for Rafter (55).
Referee: Justin Heffernan (Blackwater).