Glen outclass Rovers to stay on double trail

Glen Rovers 1-13, Valley Rovers 0-6

It may have been a year down the road, but the Blackpool lads showed they still have an appetite for success and now it's a local derby clash with city champions Na Piarsaigh to decide the destiny of the 2002 league trophy.

A tremendous midfield display from Keith McCarthy went a long way to winning the game for the Glen, who were pushed hard in the first-half and enjoyed just a slim 0-7 to 0-5 half-time lead. And when Brian Canty brought it down to a point with a free just after the restart it looked game on. But the Innishannon lads failed to score again thanks to some strong and solid hurling around midfield and Dave Busteed's late goal merely put a gloss on a workmanlike Glen victory.

A good start to the game, with the Glen storming 0-3 to 0-1 clear inside five minutes with pointed frees from McCarthy and Kevin Hackett and Eoin O'Sullivan from play, Kevin Canty replying for Valley Rovers. And it was shaping into a lively contest.

There was no stopping the Glen, Hackett pointing another free and Donal Cronin scoring from play as McCarthy and Eoin O'Sullivan ruled the roost at midfield. But Valley soon responded and points from Brian Canty and Richard Fleming left just two between the sides after the opening quarter, 0-5 to 0-3.

Valley played better hurling in the second quarter, with Eoin Manning now doing well at midfield, and although McCarthy stretched the Glen lead the Innishannon boys showed plenty of fight with Kevin Canty and Richard Butler on target. But it was left to Glen centre-back Dave Cunningham to score the point of the match as the Blackpool boys deservedly held that two point interval lead.

When Brian Canty's free edged Valley Rovers even closer just after the restart it looked like making a real match of it. But they flattered to deceive as the Glen showed just why they were county champions that year, even without the injured Donal Og O'Donovan.

Diarmuid Dorris missed a few chances, but once the inspirational McCarthy got their first point there was only going to be one winner. Busteed and substitute Gordon Browne added on points as the Glen led 0-11 to 0-6 entering the final quarter. The Glen were coasting now as another substitute Barry Hackett and McCarthy added on points and at the death they made absolutely sure when Busteed goaled after Valley Rovers goalkeeper Terence Cronin had made a tremendous save from Dorris.

Scorers for Glen Rovers: K. McCarthy 0-5 (0-3 frees), D. Busteed 1-1, K. Hackett 0-2 (frees), E. O'Sullivan, D. Cronin, D. Cunningham, G. Browne, B. Hackett 0-1 each.

Valley Rovers: K. Canty, B. Canty (frees) 0-2 each, R. Fleming, R. Butler 0-1 each.

GLEN ROVERS: E. Hourigan; D. O'Callaghan, N. Horgan, B. Murphy; S. O'Donoghue, D. Cunningham, A. Dunlea; K. McCarthy, E. O'Sullivan; S. Hegarty, D. Busteed, P. Twomey; D. Dorris, D. Cronin, K. Hackett. Subs: G. Browne for Dorris, B. Hackett for K. Hackett, Dorris for Cunningham.

VALLEY ROVERS: T. Cronin; S. Manning, D. Lynch, E. Lehane; B. Lehane, M. O'Brien, M. Sheehan; H. O'Neill, E. Manning; R. Fleming, D. O'Driscoll, R. Butler; T. Fitzgerald, K. Canty, B. Canty. Subs: F. Coughlan for Fitzgerald, S. O'Donovan for O'Neill, D. Kelleher for O'Driscoll.

Referee: S. Crowley (Timoleague).

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