Our Lady’s, Templemore were sweet, very sweet, at Mitchelstown yesterday — particularly in the second half when they needed to up the ante — in blowing Glanmire CS away and qualifying from their Dr Harty Cup Group C section as top dogs.
Glanmire, despite a good opening half, hardly knew what hit them after the break as the Tipp boys ripped them apart, Templemore’s second-half tally of 2-14 ending the Cork’s side’s venture on a disappointing note.
In a lively opening half, splendid hurling at times, perhaps Glanmire will bemoan missing two free chances in the opening two minutes, Eoin T O’Sullivan off target.
They soon found themselves two points in arrears, thanks to some sweet ball striking from Loughmore-Castleiney’s Noel McGrath.
Glanmire were back in business in the seventh minute, when Mark Collins was quickest to react when Gary Kelly-Lynch’s ‘65 came back off the upright and he goaled from close range. Strong in the half backline now, where Stuart Landers, Cillian Brosnan and Joe Cashman were hurling well, Glanmire looked up for it and led 1-3 to 0-5 after the opening quarter.
But Templemore were always menacing, as Cian Hennessey and Adrian Ryan began to turn it on up front. McGrath fired over another majestic free and 26 minutes into the contest the dangerous Ryan struck for Templemore’s opening goal.
Glanmire keeper Cormac Dooley then made a terrific save to deny Ryan a second goal but battling Glanmire kept plugging away, with O’Sullivan firing over two late frees as his side trailed by just a point at the break, 1-6 to 1-5.
Templemore were merciless in the second half as they played Glanmire off the park with high quality hurling. Eight points in as many minutes after the resumption did the damage.
Ryan, McGrath, Hennessey and Sean McCormack were doing the damage on the scoreboard but it was sterling play from Andrew and Willie Ryan in defence and Cathal Scully at midfield kept Templemore motoring.
Eanna Murray’s introduction at half-time was another big plus — he scored 1-3 — as Templemore led 1-14 to 1-7 entering the final quarter. They scored the goal of the match on 47 minutes, Murray taking Willie Ryan’s fine pass at pace and firing a beauty.
A third goal from another substitute, Pa Lupton, late on made it a horrible afternoon for Glanmire, who had full-forward Jack Sheehan dismissed for a second yellow. All they could muster in the half was two placed ball strikes from O’Kelly-Lynch and points from play by Daniel Roche and Gary Gray.
Templemore: Adrian Ryan and E. Murray 1-3 each, N. McGrath 0-6 (0-5 frees, 0-1 ‘65), C. Hennessey 0-5, P. Lupton 1-0, S. McCormack, L. Treacy and W. Donnelly 0- each.
Glanmire CS: E. D. O’Sullivan 0-4 (0-3 frees), M. Collins 1-0, G. O’Kelly-Lynch 0-2 (0-1 65, 0-1 free), J. Sheehan, D. Roche, G. Gray 0-1 each.
OUR LADY’S TEMPLEMORE: D. McCormack; Andrew Ryan, L. Butler, P. Ryan; S. Delaney, W Donnelly, W. Ryan, C. Scully; N. McGrath; C. Hennessey, S. McCormack, L. Treacy; A. Fogarty, Aidan Ryan, S. Leahy.
Subs: E. Murray for Fogarty (ht), P. Lupton for Leahy (43m), D. Lynagh for Andrew Ryan (55), P. Moynihan for McGrath (55).
GLANMIRE CS: C. Dooley; I. O’Mahony, G. Gray, S. Corbett; S. Landers, C. Brosnan, J. Cashman; G. O’Kelly-Lynch, M. Hickey; S. Crowley, D. Roche, M. Collins; E. D O’Sullivan, J. Sheehan, E. T O’Sullivan.
Subs: A. Power for Collins (25m), Collins for E. T. O’Sullivan (ht), D. Collins for M. Collins (43).
Referee: D. Farrell (Mitchelstown).