Battling Glenville dethrone champions Nemo in testing conditions

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In the end Glenville edged home thanks to late points from Paidí Cahill and Kieran Coakley, relieving the champions of their title in the process — and deservedly so, for they adapted to the conditions better and there was far more purpose to their game.

Just four Nemo scores overall, including a fortuitous 19th-minute Conor Allen goal which kept his side in the hunt. Definitely un-Nemo like, whereas Glenville had real eager beavers in John Halbert and Paidí and Ger Cahill up front and always looked that little bit slicker.

Glenville, more focused from the off, upset the Nemo rearguard early on. Halbert, Noel O’Riordan and Coakley were on target in the opening quarter as Glenville led 0-3 to 0-0.

Then Allen gave Glenville a reminder of what Nemo are capable of when he pounced for a goal after Joe Kavanagh’s cross was fumbled, and Glenville’s hard work came to nought.

Halbert put them ahead again with a free, but Nemo who finished the half the stronger with points from John Kerins and a Shane O’Callaghan free to lead 1-2 to 0-4 at the break.

Nemo put the pressure on after the restart. Paidí O’Shea hit the upright after getting a touch to Jerry Kerins’ 45, and though they stretched their lead with a 34th minute Shane O’Callaghan free they flattered to deceive afterwards and couldn’t register another solitary score.

With Sean O’Leary and Kieran Coakley full of running at midfield, Glenville kept plugging away and points from John O’Keeffe and Halbert had the sides level entering the final quarter, 0-6 to 1-3.

An untidy closing 15 minutes at times, yet there was no shortage of effort even as conditions deteriorated. Glenville had more ammunition, those late Cahill and Coakley points giving them some late-year solace and a nice little Christmas cheque.

Scorers for Glenville: J. Halbert 0-3 (0-1 free), K. Coakley 0-2, N. O’Riordan, J. O’Keeffe, P. Cahill 0-1 each.

Nemo: C. Allen 1-0, S. O’Callaghan (f) 0-2, J Kerins 0-1.

GLENVILLE: E. Fitzgerald; S. O’Callaghan, D. Ryan, K. O’Keeffe; W. O’Leary, P. O’Regan, N. O’Riordan; S. O’Leary, K. Coakley; D. McCarthy, P. Cahill, J. O’Keeffe; J. Halbert, G. Cahill, E. O’Reilly.

Sub: P. O’Neill for O’Callaghan (60m).

NEMO RANGERS: R. Heaphy; L. McCarthy, S. Twomey, B. O’Connor; P. Hogan, I. Gibbons, K. Weldon; M. Dorgan, J. Kerins; C. Allen, JP O’Neill, S. Marshall; S. O’Callaghan, J. Kavanagh, P. O’Shea.

Subs: K. Stone for Hogan (6m), C. McGrath for O’Connor (ht), A. Hogan for O’Shea (43), M. Morgan for O’Callaghan (52).

Referee: P. Downey (Inniscarra).

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