Table-topping Glynn-Barntown give outclassed Ferns a drubbing
Glynn-Barntown had it all their own way against Ferns St. Aidan's at Bellefield on Saturday as they maintained their one hundred per cent record in Group A of the Lodgewood Engineering Intermediate football championship.
Glynn-Barntown 4-12 Ferns St. Aidan's 1-5
The game was already as good as over after just ten minutes, when Glynn-Barntown led by 1-5 to nil and Ferns hadn't even managed a shot at goal. The goal had come from full-forward Craig Doyle just after Brendan Doyle had opened the scoring with a fine point, and points from placed balls from Michael O'Regan (three) and Ríoghan Crosbie (one) completed the scoring in that opening period.
Then, just for good measure, they bagged another goal.
Robert Dempsey was the scorer, pouncing to stroke home the rebound after Ian Moran's initial shot was well saved by Ferns goalkeeper Jason Maguire, and further points from Crosbie again (free) and Cian Neville meant it became 2-7 to nil after 20 minutes.
Ferns finally managed a score after 25 minutes as Patrick Codd knocked over a free, and that completed the first-half scoring.
The second-half brought more of the same. Glynn-Barntown added three more points in its opening stages while Tommy Dwyer doubled the Ferns tally, and then Craig Doyle waltzed through for his second goal.
Substitute Jonny Dwyer turned on the speed at the other end two minutes later to hit back with a goal for Ferns, but it wasn't exactly a spark to set the game alight.
Colm Whelan of Ferns was sent-off near the end for an ill-advised comment to the referee, and Glynn-Barntown substitute Aaron Kehoe wrapped things up in injury time with his side's fourth goal.
Glynn-Barntown: Nigel Donohoe; Nigel Usher, Barry Doyle, Eoin Raftery; Alan Cowman, Robert Tierney (0-1), Cian Neville; Michael Doyle, Ian Moran; Matthew Joyce, Michael O'Regan (0-3, 2 frees, 1 '45 free), Ríoghan Crosbie (0-2 frees); Brendan Doyle (0-1), Craig Doyle (2-0), Robert Dempsey (1-3). Subs. - Seán Carmody for Crosbie (40), Aaron Kehoe (1-1) for Moran (40), Fionn Cooney for Barry Doyle, temp. (44-49), Rowan White for Neville (57).
Ferns St. Aidan's: Jason Maguire; Declan Byrne, Pádraig Bolger, Brian O'Neill; Ciarán Roberts (0-1), Tommy Dwyer (0-2), James Tonks; Jamie Whelan, Colm Whelan; Patrick Codd (0-2 frees), John Breen, Ben Cowman; Christopher O'Connor, Tomás Hawkins, Ryan Nolan. Subs. - Aaron Collier for Hawkins (23), Robert Vickers for O'Connor (HT), Jonny Dwyer (1-0) for Breen (HT), Keith Breen for Nolan (38).
Referee: Eric Molloy (St. James').