Gutsy Glynn-barntown make amends in style
GLYNN-BARNTOWN returned to the scene of heartbreak seven days earlier and left with broad smiles on their faces after a superb first-half display set them up for a clearcut victory over Fethard in the Under-16 football Division 1 championship final in Taghmon.
The boys in green and blue had been edged out by one-time under-age partners St. Martin's in the corresponding hurling decider, but they showed no signs of feeling sorry for themselves as they swept into an impressive 1-7 to nil interval lead.
Their accuracy was admirable in that spell as not a single wide was kicked, whereas Fethard were off target four times at the other end and made no inroads from their policy of crowding the midfield area and operating with just four outand-out forwards for most of the half.
This was meat and drink to the Glynn-Barntown defenders and to excellent pivot and captain Matthew Joyce in particular, as he simply sat back and read the play in impressive fashion.
Aaron Kehoe's sweet left foot accounted for a trio of points while Fionn Cooney, James Stafford and overlapping number seven Ben O'Shea followed his example before corner-back David Clarke came up to slot home a penalty just before the break after a foul on Ian Moran. A late Luke Rafter point widened the gap to ten points, and to say Fethard were in serious trouble was a major understatement.
They did battle hard to be fair on the re-start and 'won' the second-half by a point, but they were always kept at arm's length. Bryan Power (free) opened their account in the 33rd minute, with Aaron Kehoe replying before Stephen Morrissey and Daire Barden narrowed the gap to 18 to 0-3.
A long scoreless spell followed before Kevin Mahoney well and truly wrapped it up for GlynnBarntown with ten minutes left, shortly after his move to full-forward. He chased a long ball over the top and punished hesitancy in the defence with a first-time drive to the bottom corner of the net.
While Fethard cancelled that goal out with a spot kick converted by Bryan Power, Aaron Kehoe added two more points at the other end before Daire Barden and Adam Swan replied with a brace of late consolation scores.
Glynn-Barntown: Nigel Donoghue; Dylan Roche, Stephen Lyne, David Clarke (1-0 pen.); Ben O'Shea (01), Matthew Joyce (capt.), Rowan White; Kevin Mahoney (1-0), Conor Fenlon; Matt Doyle, Ian Moran, James Stafford (0-1); Aaron Kehoe (0-7, 3 frees), Luke Rafter (0-1), Fionn Cooney (0-1). Subs. - Cillian Joyce for Cooney, Frank Hynes for O'Shea, Ciarán Joyce for Doyle, Daire MacCormack for Mahoney, Johnny Crean for White, also Adam Kennedy, Bill Joyce, Jack Brazzill, Ger Dempsey, Cormac Rowe, Dylan Lyne, Jamie O'Shea.
Fethard: Niall Roche; Ricky Rowe, Seán Sutton, Martin Doyle; Patrick Trainor, Daire Barden (0-2), Seán Donohue (capt.); Bryan Power (1-1, 1-0 pen., 0-1 free), Evan Rowe; Mikey Dwyer, Stephen Morrissey (0-1), Daniel Johnson; Joe Sutton, Adam Swan (0-1 free), Richard Waters. Subs. - Chris Molloy for Doyle, Jimmy Sutton for Johnson, also James Dillon, Jack Costello, Peter Waters.
Referee: Roly Buckley (Ballyhogue).