Glynn-Barntown react well to celebrations
AIB Leinster Club IFC First Round
Glynn-Barntown's preparations for Sunday's AIB Leinster Club Intermediate football championship clash with Kilkerley Emmets of Louth in Killurin won't be found in the manual of any high performance sporting unit, that's for sure.
Glynn-Barntown 2-15 Kilkerley Emmets 0-12
After achieving their main target of a return to Senior ranks for the first time since 2010 less than 48 hours earlier, celebrating was the name of the game and there was no holding back which is perfectly understandable.
But if the evidence of this commanding win is anything to go by, they might be as well off training upstairs in the club bar rather than down on the field for the next round too!
Games at this level are always a trip into the unknown, but the visitors powered by former Louth attacker Shane Lennon were expected to be formidable opponents in the circumstances which prevailed.
And with centre-back John Leacy suspended after his straight red card in Friday's win, and county hurling goalkeeper Mark Fanning ruled out with an injury sustained in the county final, the odds appeared to be stacked heavily against the hosts.
Yet, despite the concession of a pointed free to Lennon after 48 seconds, Glynn-Barntown went on to completely dominate proceedings and cruised to a most impressive victory.
Wexford full-forward Michael O'Regan set up Robert Dempsey for the leveller in the ninth minute, and from that juncture on the locals were dominant.
O'Regan gave them a lead they never looked like relinquishing from a free, and they put the wind to effective use by storming well clear by the interval (0-11 to 0-2).
The Doyle brothers, Michael and Brendan, were well on top in midfield, picking off a brace of points apiece, while Dempsey again, Barry Doyle, Ríoghan Crosbie (free), wing-back Cian Neville and O'Regan again also got in on the act.
All Kilkerley could muster in reply was a well-taken point under pressure from wing-forward Seán Hand in the 18th minute, but they struggled to lay a hand on the ball for long spells.
The loss of Brendan Doyle to injury was a blow to Glynn-Barntown for the second-half, but they resumed on a positive note as Ian Moran joined the list of scorers with a point.
Kilkerley's chief tactic was to pump long balls in the general vicinity of Shane Lennon and hope for the best, and he had a fine contest with regular Wexford defender Robert Tierney.
The full-forward pulled back a brace of points, the first from play, before goalkeeper Ronan Hand was black-carded in the 37th minute after taking Barry Doyle down in a one-on-one situation.
Cillian Quigley replaced him between the sticks and Michael O'Regan converted the resultant free. Lennon responded from a placed ball, but Kilkerley were carved wide open in the 43rd minute when Craig Doyle, Robert Dempsey and Matthew Joyce combined down the middle to create an easy goal chance for Ian Moran which he took in his stride (1-13 to 0-5).
Michael O'Regan widened the gap to twelve from a free before the leaders had to contend with a couple of setbacks. Captain Michael Doyle was dismissed on a second yellow card in the 48th minute for a high challenge on Shane Lennon and, after Lennon pointed the free, centre-back Craig Doyle collected a black card for blocking the path of Ciarán Clarke.
It gave Kilkerley a little impetus as they pulled back points from Tadhg McEneaney (two) and Clarke, although McEneaney should have done better with the first effort when a goal was needed and the space was there to have a go.
Nonetheless, the good work in that brief purple patch was completely undone in the 57th minute when two defenders collided under a delivery from the right by Seán Carmody, and Robert Dempsey handpassed unselfishly to Ian Moran who slotted home his second goal (2-14 to 0-9).
Three late Shane Lennon points, two from frees, were mere consolations for the disappointed visitors, with Aaron Kehoe closing the scoring for the impressive victors deep into added time before the celebrations re-commenced.
Glynn-Barntown: Nigel Donohoe; Nigel Usher, Robert Tierney, Eoin Raftery; Cian Neville (0-1), Craig Doyle, Alan Cowman; Michael Doyle (capt., 0-2), Brendan Doyle (0-2); Barry Doyle (0-1), Michael O'Regan (0-4, 3 frees), Matthew Joyce; Ríoghan Crosbie (0-1 free), Robert Dempsey (0-2), Ian Moran (2-1). Subs. - Seán Carmody for Brendan Doyle, inj. (HT), Pádraic Weafer for Crosbie (40), Aaron Kehoe (0-1 free) for Barry Doyle (46), Calum O'Shea for C. Doyle, black card (50), Rowan White for Joyce (54), Jack Fenlon for Cowman (58).
Kilkerley Emmets: Ronan Hand; Fintan Clarke, Niall Mulholland, Cillian Mulligan; Ally McGeough, Cathal Bellew, Ciarán Clarke (0-1); James Fagan, Andrew McGuill; Seán Hand (0-1), Conor Kirk, Conal McEneaney; Daniel McKeown, Shane Lennon (0-8, 6 frees), Tadhg McEneaney (0-2). Subs. - Cillian Quigley for R. Hand, black card (37), Cormac Bellew for Kirk (44), Conor Coleman for C. McEneaney (53).
Referee: Barry Tiernan (Dublin).