It looked to be Cloyne’s night when they forged four points clear entering the closing minutes, but in a grandstand finish the Blackpool stormed back to force a replay.
Pat Horgan drove a long-range free over the bar for his eighth point and O’Callaghan touched home Shane Kennefick’s 65 which tied the game for the fourth and final time.
A draw was no more than the Glen deserved. While they played second fiddle to Cloyne for most of the second half, they refused to throw in the towel and that storming finish which earned them a deserved draw.
Much was expected of this game, but it failed to live up to its billing. All the action was packed into the closing five minutes.
In difficult underfoot conditions — after a very heavy shower — there were a number of excellent individual performances which must have pleased the county senior selectors.
Glen’s Pat Horgan showed magnificent skill and accuracy from both play and frees, scoring 11 of his side’s tally of points, eight from placed balls, but it will be of concern to their coach Tomas Mulcahy that apart from a point by David Busteed and O’Callaghan’s goal, no other forward got on the scoresheet.
For Cloyne Paidí O’Sullivan looked to be back to his very best after being out of action for almost a year following a cruciate operation.
Killian Cronin was excellent at centre-back for the East Cork side, but his job was made far easier by Glen’s tactic to play with only five forwards. Cloyne used the same ploy in their forward division and Brian Moylan cleared an amount of ball in the Glen defence.
There was little to choose between the sides and they were level twice in the opening quarter before Paidí O’Sullivan’s point from a 30-metre free gave Cloyne the lead for the first time which they held up to injury time.
Glen were almost totally reliant on Patrick Horgan for scores and his accuracy kept his side in touch.
Coming up to half time Cloyne had crept two points in front, thanks to Paidí O’Sullivan’s excellent free taking, but Horgan pegged them back with a great point from play before Donal Óg Cusack pointed his second 65 to give his side a half time lead of 0-8 to 0-6.
There was no real improvement in the standard of play on the change over and only Pat Horgan’s superb free taking gave the good size crowd some to shout about.
At the end of the third quarter the sides were still tied, this time at 0-10 each, but there was a lot more urgency in Glen play and they forged two points clear as Hogan and David Busted found the target, and they were hurling with sufficient drive to suggest they could win this game.
However they were rocked by Clone’s goal in the 22nd minute when the sliothar came back off the Glen defence from Donal Óg Cusack’s long delivery and James Nyman was on hand to first time it to the net.
The city side didn’t expect that to happen but it had the effect of lifting their challenge up a couple of notches, but not before Clone had tacked on three points in a row, two of them by Mike Naughton.
The decision to play with only five forwards on six backs looked to have backfired on the Glen as pressure on Cloyne was repelled time again by Killian Cronin and Eoin O’Sullivan, but they weren’t to be denied.
From their second 65 in a row, Shane Kennefick’s effort was touched home by Kieran O’Callaghan to set up a replay, s likely to be next weekend.
Glen Rovers: P. Horgan 0-11 (0-8 frees); K. O’Callaghan 1-0; D. Cronin, D. Busteed 0-1 each. Cloyne: P. O’Sullivan 0-4 (0-3 frees); J. Nyhan 1-0; M. Naughton, D. Cusack (0-2 65s, 0-1 free) 0-3 each; D. Ring 0-2 (0-1 free); Diarmuid O’Sullivan 0-1.
D. Ellis; B. Moylan, N. Horgan, G. Moylan; G. Callinan, P. O’Brien, J. Anderson; D. Cronin, S. McDonald; P. Horgan, D. Cunningham, S. Kennefick; E. Cronin, G. Hackett, D. Busteed.
B. Corcoran for Hackett; K. O’Callaghan for Corcoran.
D. Cusack; B. Fleming, D. Motherway, E. O’Sullivan; B. McCarthy, K. Cronin, L. O’Driscoll; J. Nyhan, Donal O’Sullivan; J. Cotter, C. O’Sullivan, M. Naughton; P. O’Sullivan, Diarmuid O’Sullivan, D. Ring.
G. Fleming for Ring; P. Cahill for cotter.
D. Copps (Ballyhea).