Glynn-Barntown join Martin's in last eight
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Persistence paid off for Glynn-Barntown in Taghmon on Friday when they hit seven of the eight points scored in the last quarter to join former under-age partners St. Martin's in the last eight of the Pettitt's Senior hurling championship.
Glynn-Barnstown 0-17 St.Martin's 0-14
The Killurin crew had a lot more to play for in this Group A clash as they sought to book that knockout spot whereas their rivals were already through, and perhaps this reflected the anxiety in their shooting as they led the wides count by an emphatic 16-7.
However, they certainly deserved to take something from this game after such a wholehearted display, and they finally found the range when it was needed most despite the absence of top marksman Gary Moore.
While St. Martin's will be disappointed to lose their unbeaten record, especially to such keen rivals, perhaps that pre-booked quarter-final spot had some bearing on a lack-lustre display. We won't really know the answer to that question until the knockout games arrive and their true worth will be assessed.
Glynn-Barntown were first to face the breeze and low sun and were 0-4 to 0-1 in arrears after seven minutes, with county Minor Rory O'Connor looking sharp in the Martin's attack after Willie Devereux converted an early line ball.
However, the boys in blue and green were back on level terms early in the second quarter after two points from the rampant Michael Doyle before the equaliser from Matthew Joyce.
Glynn-Barntown were adamant that a John Leacy effort had found the net in the 18th minute, but the umpire closest to the action didn't agree and the game continued.
And while two Joe Coleman points (one free) opened up a gap of two at one stage, St. Martin's were pegged back to 0-9 each by the interval with Craig Doyle on song at right corner-forward for their rivals. He grabbed two points either side of winning a free which John Leacy converted, leaving Glynn-Barntown generally happy with their lot at the break.
St. Martin's put Daithí Hayes on the troublesome Doyle for the second-half while Mark Maloney and Aaron Maddock formed a new midfield partnership, with Ciarán Lyng moving to the '40.
And while Matthew Joyce gave Glynn-Barntown an early lead on the re-start, those wides held them back as the more economical Martin's moved 0-13 to 0-10 clear by the end of the third quarter with points from Daithí Waters, Stephen Murphy, Lyng and Joe Coleman (free).
Minor substitute Fionn Cooney kick-started the Glynn-Barntown surge to victory with two points, and his grandfather, Oliver 'Hopper' McGrath, would have been proud of the second one which came from tight to the left sideline (0-13 to 0-12).
Prior to that Matthew Joyce had missed a gaping goal with a batted effort from Michael Doyle's handpass, but the full-forward atoned with the lead point five minutes from the end after a John Leacy free had restored parity.
Another Leacy placed ball left a cushion of two and, while Joe Coleman managed the sole Martin's score since the 45th minute, netminder Mark Fanning converted a wind-aided free before Leacy made the game safe in added time with an over-the-shoulder point.
Glynn-Barntown: Mark Fanning (0-1 free); Cian Neville, Jack Fenlon, Barry Doyle; Brendan Doyle, Michael O'Regan, Calum O'Shea; Alan Cowman, Rowan White; Daire Barron, John Leacy (capt., 0-7, 6 frees), Michael Doyle (0-2); Craig Doyle (0-2), Matthew Joyce (0-3), Ian Moran. Subs. - Fionn Cooney (0-2) for Moran (HT), David Clarke for Barron (60).
St. Martin's: Luke White; Jake Firman, Daithí Hayes, Mark Maloney; Aaron Maddock, Tomás Waters, Jack O'Connor (0-1 free); Willie Devereux (0-1 line ball), Ciarán Lyng (capt., 0-2); Patrick O'Connor, Daithí Waters (0-2), Harry O'Connor; Rory O'Connor (0-3), Stephen Murphy (0-1), Joe Coleman (0-4, 3 frees). Subs. - Paudie Kelly for Murphy (46), Conor Firman for Maddock (57), Seán Stafford for H. O'Connor (58).
Referee: John Carton (Monageer-Boolavogue).