Glynn-Barntown destroy Craanford
Craanford suffered their second consecutive Lodgewood Engineering Intermediate football championship Group A defeat on Saturday at Bellefield when they were given a lesson by a magnificent Glynn-Barntown outfit.
Glynn-Barntown 8-13 Craanford 0-4
With Craanford only producing one point from play, the fast pace and hunger for goals from the Wexford District men could not be matched.
Within the opening three minutes, Glynn-Barntown secured two goals and one point from influential sharpshooters Aron Kehoe, Michael O'Regan and Robert Dempsey. They prospered further from here on, and Dempsey seemed at ease as he guided another ball to the net and Kehoe also reappeared with a point from a placed ball. Cian Neville managed to secure his name on the scoresheet before Craanford built up a surge of attack.
Tony Kavanagh and Pat Murray probed but nothing materialised with the Glynn-Barntown defensive line proving too strong to break. The reliable Craanford free-taker, Stevie Greene, made the most of a foul on Matt Nolan but Glynn-Barntown capitalised on every scoring opportunity available to them.
A glimmer of hope arose for Craanford as they were awarded a penalty which would have helped to reduce the deficit before half-time but, unfortunately for them, nothing worthwhile came from it. Michael O'Regan grabbed a well-kicked '45 but this was soon cancelled out by Greene at the other end from a placed ball.
Dempsey added another point with Seá Carmody playing the ideal anchoring role before Kehoe and Neville left their squad well ahead at half-time.
No improvement occurred for Craanford during the second period with Glynn-Barntown more than doubling their tally. O'Regan sent two balls over the bar before Craig Doyle eased another to the back of the net.
Greene was consistent for the blue and white men from frees but hopeful balls from Joe Berney and Peter Kavanagh seemed impractical as no positive outcome resulted.
Craanford proved unable to muster any retaliation as Glynn-Barntown bombarded their defence. Doyle, Dempsey, Kehoe and Ríoghan Crosbie enhanced their team's lead, with Craanford left with their only point from play from Tony Kavanagh.
Glynn-Barntown: Nigel Donohoe; Robert Tierney, Pádraig Donnelly, Cian Neville (0-2); Alan Cowman, John Leacy, Craig Doyle (3-2); Michael Doyle, Michael O'Regan (1-3, 0-1 free, 0-1 '45); Barry Doyle, Robert Dempsey (3-1), Ríoghan Crosbie (1-0); Pádraic Weafer, Aaron Kehoe (0-5, 1 free), Seán Carmody. Subs. - Daire Barron for Weafer, Jack Fenlon for Doyle.
Craanford: Bob Flynn; Pat Kenny, Matt Kenny, Joe Berney; Tony Kavanagh (0-1), Michael Lyons, Pat Murray; Peter Kavanagh, Niall Berney; John Fleming, James Byrne, Michael O'Loughlin; Ger Lyons, Stevie Greene (0-3 frees), Matt Nolan. Subs. - Des Kavanagh for Fleming, Michael Shortle for Murray, John Fleming for P. Kenny.
Referee: Philip Murphy (Faythe Harriers).