This game will be remembered for the scoring exploits of 20-year-old Patrick Horgan who bagged 3-6. All three of his goals came from frees, though two were the result of rare goal-line errors by Bernard Rochford.
In a game that rarely rose above the mediocre, Horgan’s impressive strike rate was the brightest highlights. Mulcahy too was impressed.
“What can I say about the guy?” said the Sunday Game analyst. “He has plenty confidence. Obviously he doesn’t listen to me because I went up to him twice to put the ball over the bar and he went for two goals and they ended up in the back of the net!”
Mulcahy also added that his side showed understandable signs of rustiness since their last championship match in May, but nevertheless he was looking forward to the quarter-final where Newtownshandrum await.
Killeagh played with the aid of the strong breeze in the first-half but a one-point half time lead was never likely to be enough. They had enough possession and created plenty chances but with star forward Joe Deane looking tired, the east Cork side were always going to struggle. They were even forced to move Mark Landers to full forward on the turnover to add more punch to their attack.
Brendan Barry gave Glen full back Ray Considine a torrid time in the opening half and was rewarded with a goal in the eighth minute. Killeagh led by a goal at the end of the first quarter before Horgan struck his first goal from a 20-metre free. He appeared to be aiming for point but his effort at crossbar height somehow hit the net via deflections off two goal-line defenders.
Deane quickly replied with a free and, minutes later David Kelleher took advantage of some lax defending in the Glen full back line to scoop home his side’s second goal. When Deane followed up with a 23rd minute close-in free, the score stood at 2-5 to 1-3, but the Glen finished the half strongly with 1-2 from the stick of Horgan, flashing a fiercely-struck goal from another 20 metre free to leave it 2-6 to 2-5 at half time.
With the wind to their backs the Glen hurled with real purpose and resolve on the resumption, with Gavin and Brian Moylan, Paul O’Brien and Graham Callinan starring.
Horgan secured his hat-trick on 36 minutes, scoring a 70-metre free that deceived Rochford. Landers levelled matters at 3-6 to 2-9 in the 41st minute but from there to the finish the Glen moved up a level.
Hackett finished a sublime three-man move to the net in the 45th minute before the Blackpool side starting picking off points at will and ended up with a final tally that will give them every confidence against a fancied Newtownshandrum side.
Glen Rovers: P Horgan 3-6 (3-2 frees, 0-1 ‘65’); G Hackett 1-1; D Cunningham and D Busteed 0-2 each; B Moylan and E Cronin 0-1 each. Killeagh: D Kelleher 1-1; B Barry 1-0; J Deane 0-3 (frees); M Landers and J Budds 0-2 each; K Lane and B Collins 0-1 each.
D Ellis; N Horgan, R Considine, G Moylan; B Moylan, P O’Brien, G Callanan; S McDonald, D Cronin; P Horgan, D Busteed, D Cunningham; E Cronin, R Rice, S McGrath (c).
G Hackett for Rice (ht); S Kenefick for McGrath (42); C Dorris for D Cronin (49).
B Rochford (c); C Fogarty, K Scully, P McCarthy; M Landers, C Fogarty, J Fitzgerald; D Kelleher, K Lane; L Collins, A Walsh, B Collins; J Budds, B Barry, J Deane.
P McGrath for L Collins and S Crowley for Walsh (both 49).
K Healy (Ballymartle).