Philpott’s strike proves crucial for 14-man Rangers

SUBSTITUTE Jordan Philpott’s 20th-minute goal proved the decisive score in this keenly contested fourth round tie at Riverstown on Saturday night.

There was little to choose between the teams in the opening quarter during which they were level four times as they traded points at regular intervals, Paudie Cahill and Kieran Coakley scoring a brace each for Glenville while Shane Horgan got two of Nemo’s four.

Paudie Cahill was very tricky on the ball at corner-forward for Glenville but he lacked support and, once Nemo settled, they looked likely winners.

The introduction of Philpott for the injured David Kearney after 10 minutes added greater penetration to the Nemo attack and the Coláiste Chríost Rí colleges star proved his worth with the lead point, before the Capwell side grabbed the game’s only goal.

Nemo’s football was its usual slick self going forward and a very busy Glenville defence was overstretched at times. It finally cracked after excellent work by Drew Murphy saw Kieran Weldon send Philpott racing clear to find the net.

Murphy quickly added a point to stretch his side’s lead to two goals — 1-7 to 0-4 — but then received a straight red card for an off-the-ball incident spotted by the linesman. Paudie Cahill’s then pointed to leave Nemo five clear at the short whistle.

Glenville found it hard to benefit from their numerical advantage as 14-man Nemo worked tirelessly and it took the east Cork side 10 minutes to score, a point by Noel O’Riordan.

That score sparked a great period by Glenville and when Paudie Cahill and Kieran Coakley tacked on a point each, the game was in the melting pot with just the minimum between the sides.

As the tension mounted, Paul Brophy came up from defence to ease the pressure for Nemo with a point, but 15-man Glenville were back in the Nemo half of the field from the kick-out for a point by the impressive Paudie Cahill to again close the gap with eight minutes remaining.

Nemo, however, are past masters at frustrating a team when a man down and played the possession game to perfection.

When Glenville had Brendan Healy sent off for a second yellow card, they played out the remaining minutes with ease.

Glenville did manage to create one late chance to force a replay when they won a free on the 45m line but, after being told he had to score direct, Noel O’Riordan’s effort flashed inches wide and Nemo were through to a quarter-final clash where they will meet the winners of the St Michael’s/Ballingeary game.

Scorers for Nemo: G Philpott 1-1;S Horgan 0-2; L O’Sullivan (1f), K Weldon (1f), D Nation, D Murphy, P Brophy, C Allen 0-1 each.

Scorers for Glenville: P Cahill 0-6 (2f); K Coakley 0-3; N O’Riordan 0-2.

NEMO RANGERS: D Farry; K Stone, R Murphy, N O’Sullivan; D Murphy, P Brophy, S Martin; D Nation, S Twomey; C Allen, L O’Sullivan, K Weldon; S Horgan, M Kearney, D Kearney.

Subs: G Philpott for D Kearney (10), A O’Donovan for Weldon (50).

GLENVILLE: K Cronin; W O’Leary, S O’Callaghan, D McCarthy; B Healy, P O’Regan, P Cronin; G Cahill, N O’Riordan; J Halbert, E O’Reilly, A Cronin; P Cahill, D Buttimer, K Coakley.

Subs: J Dorgan for Halbert (25), M Barry for McCarthy (40).

Referee: D Farrell (Mitchelstown).

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