Glynn's young men forge first win
Glynn and St. Senan's of Enniscorthy played out a lively encounter in the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Rackard League Roinn 'B' boys' football final in St. Patrick's Park.
Glynn 3-7 St. Senan's 1-3
It was Glynn's first appearance in a final since they parted ways with Barntown N.S., and the conditions could not have been better for a good game of football and their attempt to make a little bit of history.
Within seconds, they had the start they wanted when Corben Brown and Pierce Arthurs combined down the wing to score a great goal. St. Senan's goalkeeper Rhian Moore was called into action again moments later but this time saved a James Doyle shot.
Glynn seemed determined to get some early scores and were taking their men on very well.
St. Senan's, however, rose to occasion to reply with a goal in the eighth minute when corner-forward Michael Fortune finished at the near post from close range. The match continued in this exciting vein when Glynn missed another great goal chance up the field.
Glynn eventually settled when they got three points on the board through Pierce Arthurs and Corben Brown.
Overall they were playing much better football with some lovely kick passes and assured handling, but five wides kept them from pulling away and just before half-time Senan's got important points through Paddy Connors and Paddy Cash to bring the gap between them to a minimum.
On one hand, the blistering pace of Dapo Abidoya was causing Glynn problems on the counter-attack but on the other, it was clear that without Rhian Moore in the goal and Shadrach Onwubiko leading the defensive effort, the half-time lead could have been much bigger.
Glynn performed a lot better in the second-half and really took over from the fifth minute onwards. Early points from Darragh Carley and Michael Mackey set the tone before the latter scored a smashing goal on the break to give Glynn a six-point lead.
Both centre-forwards then exchanged a point each and the game hung in the balance until Glynn's Kaylem Codd reacted quickest to a crossbar rebound to sweep home the insurance goal. Aaron McDonagh came on and was involved in some good team moves down the wing as Glynn played to the final whistle, and fittingly star performer Michael Mackey got the final score, thus sealing an historic first football title for his school.
Glynn: Luke O'Rourke, Tadhg Bonnington, Aaron Cuddihy, Ben Doran, Seán Laffan, Darragh Carley, Tom Murphy, Corben Brown, Connor Mackey, Greg Furlong, Michael Mackey, James Doyle, Jack McNamara, Kaylem Codd, Pierce Arthurs, Aidan Conneely, Callum Berry, Matthew Lewis, Aaron McDonagh, Eoin Bonnington, Liam O'Reilly, Philip Jackman, Eoin Walsh, Alan Walsh, Thomas Donovan, Oliver Barry, Liam Cooney.
St. Senan's: Rhian Moore, Robert Cahill, Shadrach Onwubiko, Michael Webster, Seán Levingstone, Paddy Connors, Jordan O'Brien-Murphy, Paudi O'Brien, Dapo Abidoya, Nathan O'Brien-Cash, Killian Murphy, Jay Hogan, Jerry Connors, Paddy Cash, Michael Fortune, Darren Murphy, Bobby McKeown, Darragh Breen, Ricky Morrissey, Jerry Connors, Taylor Cowman, Evan Quigley, Johnny Connors, Michael Connors.