Classy Cloyne signal title intent as Glen humbled

BEATEN in the last two finals, Cloyne produced the kind of performance against Glen Rovers in the third round of the Evening Echo SHC in Páirc Uí Chaoimh yesterday to suggest that the coveted title could finally be theirs this year.

It was an awesome display which left the Blackpool side floundering. Defensively Cloyne were majestic with Donal Óg Cusack, as he has been doing for years with both club and county, orchestrating matters from goal; full back Killian Cronin was never beaten by a succession of opponents, while Eoin O’Sullivan, Liam O’Driscoll and Donal O’Sullivan were equally efficient.

James Nyhan and John Cotter gave the east Cork side a grip on midfield while in attack, Paudie O’Sullivan was a revelation at right-corner forward and Conor Cusack finished as their top scorer with 2-2.

This defeat was a huge setback for the Glen. They went into the game confident of giving a good account of themselves, but they struggled from the throw-in to cope with Cloyne’s pace and stick work and were a well beaten side at the finish.

Looking to add a bit more punch to their attack, Cloyne had county senior full back Diarmuid O’Sullivan at centre forward and he had his side on the scoreboard with a point after just two minutes.

The Glen were under pressure almost from the throw-in and conceded a penalty in the fifth minute when Philip Cahill was fouled going through but goalkeeper Hourigan denied Diarmuid O’Sullivan a goal, deflecting O’Sullivan’s pile driver over for a point.

With Paudie O’Sullivan sparkling at corner forward, Cloyne had 1-4 on the board after 11 minutes after Conor Cusack intercepted a quick puck-out; as the Glen defence stopped, anticipating a whistle, the left-corner forward planted the sliothar in the net, which was allowed after the referee consulted his umpires.

The Glen never recovered from that setback and it got worse for them when Paudie O’Sullivan fed Cusack, who first-timed it to the net and the city side were in danger of being completely over-run.

Cloyne took their foot off the pedal and failed to score for the next 10 minutes and the Glen finally began to play. A general tightening in defence where Donal Óg O’Donovan and David Cunningham finally got on top, meant pressure for the Cloyne defence.

Glen were badly in need of a goal if they were to make a match of it but, with Killian Cronin and Eoin O’Sullivan solid in defence, they never threatened and their cause wasn’t helped by some poor free-taking which cost them at least four points. At the break, Cloyne were full value for their 2-7 to 0-4 lead.

Cloyne’s teamwork continued to cause endless problems for the city club, and with Paudie O’Sullivan giving his marker a torrid time, the east Cork side finally killed off the Glen challenge with a third goal.

Again the youngest of the five O’Sullivan brothers on the team was involved. He made a lot of ground up the right hand side before putting the ball into Philip Cahill, and the big man coolly goaled to put his side into an unassailable lead.

Credit to the Glen, who continued to press for the goal which might have given them some hope, but they had to be content with points from the industrious Kieran O’Callaghan and John Anderson, but Cloyne were never going to be caught. They can look forward with confidence to their quarter-final tie against the winners of the Blackrock/Midleton game.

Scorers: Cloyne: C. Cusack 2-2; P. O’Sullivan 0-5 (0-3 f); D. O’Sullivan 0-4 (0-1 f); P. Cahill 1-0; M. Naughton 0-3; J. Cotter, J. Nyhan 0-1 each. Glen Rovers: J. Anderson 0-6 (f); G. Callanan, K. O’Callaghan 0-3 each; P. Horgan, D. Dorris 0-1 each.

CLOYNE: D. Óg Cusack; E. O’Sullivan, K. Cronin, B. Fleming; L. O’Driscoll, M. Cahill, Donal O’Sullivan; J. Cotter; J. Nyhan; M. Naughton, Diarmuid O’Sullivan, C. O’Sullivan; P. O’Sullivan, P. Cahill, C. Cusack.

Subs: V. Cusack for C. O’Sullivan; J. Costine for P. O’Sullivan.

GLEN ROVERS: D. Hourigan; G. Hackett, D. Óg O’Donovan, A. Dunlea; L. Leahy, D. Cunningham, B. Moylan; S. Kennefick, R. Rice; S. Hegarty, K. O’Callaghan, G. Callanan; P. Horgan, J. Anderson, S. McGrath.

Subs: D. Dorris for Leahy; D. busted for Hegarty; E. Cronin for McGrath; N. Harte for Rice.

Referee: J. Sexton (Ballyhea).

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