O'Regan dominates in Glynn-Barntown win
A wretched start by Clongeen set the footballers of Glynn-Barntown on the way into the last four of the Intermediate championship at Bellefield on Saturday evening.
Glynn Bartown 2-11 Clongeen 0-10
The Wexford district men were six to the good at the end of the first quarter and the gap grew to just seven by the end of the hour's play.
During those critical early stages, Clongeen's strike force produced wides from long range and close up to hand the opposition an advantage which was never surrendered.
In the midst of all the waywardness, it was left to defender Paul Casey to worm his way upfield to show his forward colleagues where the target was, ending his team's horrid run of six wides without a score.
By the time Tony Bennett added Clongeen's second point, thrashed over the bar when a goal clearly beckoned, Glynn already had 1-4 on the board.
The eventual winners also had their share of wides in the early stages of a game played in apparently ideal sunny and calm conditions, with Michael O'Regan repeatedly off the mark from placed balls.
However, O'Regan showed his class in open play, popping up left and right for points and then slamming the ball to the net for the opening goal as he fed off breaking ball.
The same player was on hand to profit from a quickly taken free with a second goal as his side progressed to hold a 2-5 to 0-4 lead at half time.
The second period was a much closer contest, but the gap never fell below five points, giving the team from Killurin no cause to panic at any stage.
They adopted a free form of attack, with forwards allowed the liberty to make their runs without being restricted to any one position, with big men Craig Doyle and Michael Doyle providing the platform.
As Clongeen attempted to play their way back into contention, Paul Curtis pulled the strings nicely but there was no one in the side with the killer touch close to Nigel Donohoe's goal.
Instead, it was Donohoe's opposite number Ricky Rochford who was the busier of the two, pulling off one great save to deflect a goal bound shot from Robert Dempsey over his own bar.
The winners suggested that they have deep reserves of talent as they were able to sue their full quota of substitutes before the end.
Dempsey was one of those subs and he certainly made an impact in the second half with three points, to finish as the team's second highest scorer on the day.
O'Regan restored his reputation from the set-pieces as Glynn nailed down the win, sending frees sailing over the black spot from 40 yards and then 50 yards.
Glynn-Barntown: Nigel Donohoe; Nigel Usher, Robert Tierney, Eoin Raftery; Alan Cowman, John Lacey, Cian Neville; Michael Doyle, Craig Doyle (0-2); Barry Doyle, Matthew Joyce (0-1), Michael O'Regan (2-4, 2 frees); Rioghnain Crosbie, Brendan Doyle, Sean Carmody (0-1). Subs: Robert Dempsey (0-3) for Crosbie 30 minutes; Mark Fanning for Joyce 43 minutes; Ian Moran for C Doyle (52mins); Aaron Kehoe for Carmody (54mins); Jack Fenlon for Lacey (57mins).
Clongeen: Ricky Rochford; Stephen Curtis, Paul Casey (0-1), Jamie Keating (0-1); Paudie Cahill, Nicky O'Sullivan, Emmet Kent; Enda Murphy, Lorcan Kent; Jim Bennett, Paul Curtis (0-1), Cathal Murphy; Collie Byrne, Paudí Cullen (0-4, 3f), Tony Bennett (0-1). Subs: Nigel Kehoe for Byrne (21mins); Liam Murphy for Kehoe (36mins); minutes; C Byrne for C Murphy (52mins).
Referee: Brendan Martin.