Glenbeigh/Glencar 0-14 Ardfert 0-11

Glenbeigh/Glencar maintained their lead at the top of Division 2 after a hard fought 3-point victory over a young Ardfert side.

Glenbeigh/Glencar were without long term injured Gavan O’Grady & Stephen O’Sullivan and lost, Oisin O’Connor and goal keeper Rory O’Connor just before the game, Donal O’Neal & Caoilte Purcell stepped to replace Rory & Oisin.

Darran O’Sullivan opened the scoring for the home team but this was quickly cancelled out by a free from Nathan Driscoll, Ardfert were well up for this clash and began to take the game to Glenbeigh/Glencar however a combination of poor shooting and good defensive play from the Glenbeigh/Glencar backs prevented them from making their early dominance show on the scoreboard. Once again Darran O’Sullivan put the home side in front and once again Ardferts Nathan Driscoll levelled the game. Glenbeigh/Glencar were well on top in the possession stakes especially around the middle of the field where Fergal Griffin and Colin McGillycuddy were dominant, great work by Fergal Griffin led to yet another Darran O’Sullivan point. Despite having 80% of the play the Glenbeigh/Glencar forwards were guilty of some very poor shooting with four wides in succession. This poor shooting kept Ardfert in the game and when given the chance their forwards didn’t disappoint kicking three unanswered points to put them up by five points to Glenbeigh/Glencar’s three. When it looked like Glenbeigh/Glencar could not buy a score up stepped Fergal Griffin with an excellent point to leave the bare minimum between the teams. Ardferts Nathan Driscoll extended their lead with his fourth point of the half, however Caolim Teahan registered his first point on the stroke of half time. Despite Glenbeigh/Glencar’s dominance they found themselves trailing by a point Glenbeigh/Glencar 05 Ardfert 0-6. Unbelievably Glenbeigh/Glencar had 14 wides and 3 shots dropped into the goal keepers’ hands in what was a first half that the Glenbeigh/Glencar forwards will quickly want to forget.

Ardfert were fast out of the blocks in the second half and wing back Brandon Barrett kicked a great score to put two between the teams, just when it looked like Ardfert could cause a major upset the Glenbeigh/Glencar forwards finally found their retheme great scores from Darran O’Sullivan, Daniel Griffin and Caolim Teahan with two put the home side in front by nine points to seven. At this stage Glenbeigh/Glencar were on top all over the pitch and their forwards were now playing more as a unit, however a mistake in the Glenbeigh/Glencar defence gave Shane Griffin the opportunity to close the gap between the sides which he duly obliged putting one point between the teams. Great fielding by Jack Brosnan and a quick ball into Kieran Courtney resulted in a fine point from Kieran, this was quickly followed by a Tommy Cahill point. A rare Ardfert attack had the Glenbeigh/Glencar backs in trouble but a great block by Jack Brosnan followed by a superb save by Donal O’Neill deflecting a goal bound shot over the bar kept the home side in front. Darren O’Sullivan scored another point but once again wing back Brandon Barrett slotted over to keep Ardfert in touch.

Another superb point from Darran O’Sullivan looked to have wrapped up the points for the home side but once again Ardfert battled back with two unanswered points, despite owning the ball for most of the game Glenbeigh/Glencar had to endure a nervous last couple of minutes with the bare minimum between the teams , however the Glenbeigh/Glencar backs stood firm and a last minute score from substitute Jason McKenna secured the points for the home side. Final Score Glenbeigh/Glencar 0-14 Ardfert 0-11.

The Glenbeigh/Glencar backs played well throughout, Colin McGillycuddy & Fergal Griffin lorded mid-field, apart from Darran OSullivan who kicked six points the forwards did not play as a unit especially in the first half, they showed glimpses in the second half that when they play as a unit they can cause most teams a lot of issues.

Team: Donal O’Neill, Sean Roche, Kieran Doyle, Caoilte Purcell, Jack Brosnan, Pa Kilkenny, Shane Riordan, Colin McGillycuddy, Fergal Griffin 0-1, Daniel Griffin 0-1, Caolim Teahan 0-3, Dara Casey, Darran O’Sullivan (capt) 0-6, Kieran Courtney 0-1, Tommy Cahill 0-1. Subs used: Jason McKenna 0-1, Adrain O’Connor, Podge Griffin.

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