Castletownbere push wasteful Glanmire all the way

Glanmire 1-8 Castletownbere 1-7

No repeat of the incidents of the drawn game though. Glanmire were a far tastier outfit this time and, despite making hard work of it by shooting 14 wides, the class of James Murphy up front still proved enough for the East Cork outfit who now face Newmarket in the quarter-final next Saturday.

While Glanmire selector Brian Lotty was happy with the result he is only too aware there is room for improvement. "We played some good football tonight and looked in control. But the way we let teams back into games is irritating. We missed some terrible scores and three free kickers didn't have much success. If that's repeated next week we'll be in big trouble. We'll just have to sharpen up."

Castletownbere got the ideal start, Lorcan Harrington pointing after only two minutes. But there was a good shape to Glanmire and, playing with the wind at their backs, points from Pat Ryan and James Murphy, both constant thorns in the Castletown defence, had them clear after five minutes. Castletownbere failed to score again from play for the rest of the first-half depending on two Alan O'Regan frees for their tally as Glanmire, playing quick no-nonsense football, opened up the Castletown defence with ease.

With Stephen Knowles and Ray Ryan super in defence and big Mike Cussen winning some great ball at midfield, Castletown were unable to get into the match and with the Wiseman brothers Enda and Donagh having their hands full with Pat Ryan and John Murphy, Glanmire were making all the waves.

A third point from James Molden earned Glanmire a 0-3 to 0-2 lead after the opening quarter but, had James Murphy and Padraig Meaney been more accurate, that lead would have been far greater. There was no stopping Glanmire in the second quarter as terrific points from Ryan, James Murphy and a free from Mark Hopkins powered them ahead and when James Murphy got his third point, after great initial work by Cussen, it earned Glanmire a 0-7 to 0-3 interval lead.

Castletown, always great battlers, needed a quick fillip and they got it just after the break with O'Regan's third free. But they were then hit hard when, after a mistake by corner-back Donal Kelly, Molden put James Murphy in for a Glanmire goal and the game looked done and dusted.

Undaunted, however, Casteltown hit back almost immediately when Brendan O'Regan set up Donagh Wiseman for a goal. But it was still Glanmire who were calling the shots, only some appalling shooting keeping Castletown in the contest.

Leading 1-7 to 1-5 entering the final quarter, Glanmire threw everything at Castletown. Keeper James Power had to be smart to deny James Murphy and with Molden also missing a great chance the Beara men were still in the hunt.

All those wides over the hour could have been very costly when O'Regan converted his fifth free in the 50th minute to leave only a point between the sides. However, James Murphy, with Glanmire's sole point of the second-half, finally came to the rescue and how they needed it. Substitute Seamus Spencer could have stolen it for Castletown when he rifled a shot just wide with time running out and O'Regan made it interesting late on with his sixth free. But, in truth, the better side won through, though Donal McCarthy's final whistle brought palpable relief to Glanmire.

Scorers for Glanmire: James Murphy 1-4, P. Ryan 0-2, D. Molden, M. Hopkins (free) 0-1 each.

Castletownbere: S. O'Regan 0-6 (frees), D. Wiseman 1-0, L. Harrington 0-1.

GLANMIRE: M. Burns; S. Knowles, P. Hanley, D. O'Connell; P. Goggin, R. Ryan, F. O'Reilly; M. Cussen, M. Hopkins; B. O'Callaghan, John Murphy, D. Molden; P. Meaney, P, Ryan, James Murphy.

Subs: B. Kirby for John Murphy, G. O'Loughlin for Hopkins, K. Mulvihill for James Murphy.

CASTLETOWNBERE: J. Power; N. Harrington, E. Wiseman, D. Kelly; D. B. O'Sullivan, D. Wiseman; C. Murphy; A. O'Sullivan, P.J. Gonnolly; C. O'Sullivan, B. O' Regan, S. O' Regan; A. Harrington, A. O' Regan, L. Harrington.

Subs: S. Spencer for A. Harrington, R. Minihane for Kelly.

Referee: D. McCarthy (Dohenys).

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