By Eoghan Cormican, Páirc Uí Rinn
Glen Rovers 0-19 Erin’s Own 2-11
A tour-de-force performance from Patrick Horgan in the closing 10 minutes of this Cork SHC final saw Glen Rovers successfully defend their crown.
The reigning champions were 0-12 to 1-3 early in the second-half, but an unanswered 1-4 from the underdogs between the 41st and 50th minute moved Erin’s Own 2-10 to 0-14 clear. Mossie O’Carroll provided the Erin’s Own goal, with Eoghan Murphy hitting all four points during this spell of dominance.
Enter Patrick Horgan.
The Cork senior reduced the gap to the minimum with a free and despite missing a placed ball effort in the subsequent action, he pointed from play in the ensuing passage to level matters. It was Hoggy was capitalised on poor play in the opposition defence to move the champions back in front and he added two more to close out the win.
Of their second-half tally of 0-8, the Glen forward hit 0-7.
The signs were ominous for Erin’s Own at half-time as they trailed by 0-11 to 1-3. James O’Flynn, having fielded Stephen Cronin’s delivery, fired home the opening goal of the contest after 20 minutes, but instead of kicking on, Glen Rovers hit the closing six scores of the half to move five clear. Four Glen wides during this period further highlighted the dominance of the reigning champions in the aftermath of O’Flynn’s stroke.
Dean Brosnan finished the half with three points to his name, while Patrick Horgan raised five white flags. For the challengers from Glounthaune, Eoghan Murphy supplied their three first-half points. They rallied in the second period but were undone by Horgan’s sterling finish.
Scorers for Glen Rovers: (0-12, 0-6 frees, 0-2 ’65); D Brosnan (0-4); C Dorris (0-2), C O’Brien (0-1).
Scorers for Erin’s Own: E Murphy (0-8, 0-5 frees, 0-1 ’65); M O’Carroll (1-); J O’Flynn (1-0); C O’Mahony (0-2).
Glen Rovers: C Hickey; C Healy, S McDonnell, G Moylan; G Callanan, B Moylan, D Dooling; D Cronin, D Noonan; D Brosnan, P Horgan, D Cunningam; C Dorris, C O’Brien, D Busteed.
Subs: M Dooley for C O’Brien (44 mins); G Kennefick for Busteed (45); E O’Connell for Dorris (62).
Erin’s Own: S Bowen; C O’Connor, C Dooley, J Sheehan; C O’Mahony, S Murphy, S Cronin; A Power, S Kelly; R O’Flynn, C Coakley, K Murphy; E Murphy, M O’Carroll, J O’Flynn.
Subs: M Collins for S Kelly (HT); C O’Callaghan for J O’Flynn (43 mins); S Horgan for Power (54).
Referee: J Larkin (Ballinora)