Over the hour, Doon were the smarter hurlers and buoyed by two splendid wing backs in Michael Buckley and Mike Treacy and with centre-back Liam Reale in top form, they always had Glanmire’s measure.
Glanmire were slow to settle and despite the strong breeze at their backs in the opening quarter trailed 0-3 to 0-2.
However Glanmire did come more into the game in the second quarter as points from Gray and Martin Hickey and a brace from O’Sullivan (10) had them clear. But with Reale outstanding Doon were always able to keep in touch and trailed by just two points at the break, 0-8 to 0-6.
No question the standard improved in the second-half, but such was the strength of the wind it was palpable Glanmire’s lead was never going to be enough.
And once Ger McPartland and substitute Dean O’Dwyer had Doon level the writing was on the wall for Glanmire. Entering the final 15 minutes they trailed by just a point – 0-11 to 0-10 — but once Gleeson ghosted through for the all important goal the writing was on the wall.
To their credit Glanmire never gave up the chase, but O’Sullivan’s late 21 yard free which billowed the net was too little too late.
Scorers for Doon CBS: J. O’Neill 0-9 (0-7 frees), E. Gleeson 1-0, D. O’Dwyer 0-2, S. Power, L. Reale (free), G. McPartland, M. Treacy 0-1 each.
Scorers for Glanmire CC: E. O’Sullivan (B) 1-4 (1-3 frees), D. Roche 0-3, M. Hickey 0-2, G. Gray, J. Sheehan 0-1 each.
D. Martin; S. Shanahan, C. McNamara, J. Furlong; M. Buckley, L. Reale, M. Treacy; E. Gleeson, B. Fitzgerald; S. Power, P. Doyle, G. McPartland; R. O’Donnell, J. O’Neill, M. Barry.
Subs: D. O’Dwyer for Doyle, J. Hayes for Buckley, S. Kennedy for Barry, G. Ryan for Power.
C. Dooley; D. Murphy, J. Cashman, S. Corbett; G. O’Kelly-Lynch, C. Brosnan, I. O’Mahony; M. Hickey, E. O’Sullivan (M); E. O’Sullivan (B), D. Roche, S. Crowley; D. Collins, G. Gray, A. Power.
Subs: F. O’Leary for Collins, Collins for Murphy, J. Sheehan for Power. S. Landers for O’Leary.
D. Farrell (Mitchelstown).