It wasn’t the most stylish game of football, but what it lacked in quality was made up for with passion.
Glanworth started brightly with two points in the first three minutes from Chris Quirke and Michael Pierce, but Éire Óg shot in front two minutes later when John Crowley goaled after fine work by Kevin Hallissey.
Glanworth responded well to a Hallissey point seconds later and took the initiative with two points from Pierce and Sean O’Keefe. However, Éire Óg hit back with two scores of their own to regain the two point advantage.
Glanworth were awarded a penalty in the 15th minute when Pierre O’Driscoll was hauled down and full-forward Tommy Fitzgibbon made no mistake with the shot.
Glanworth added one further score in the first-half, but Éire Óg drew level before the interval with two further points from Kevin Hallisey.
The second-half was a real dogfight with Éire Óg taking the lead on three occasions in a 20-minute period, but with just nine minutes to go the sides were still level. Then came the two game match-winning scores for Éire Óg when Hallissey fired over two points to seal the deal.
Scorers for Éire Óg: K Hallissey 0-6 (2fs, 1 45), J Crowley 1-0, J Dineen 0-2, A Herlihy, A O’Connor, T O’Leary 0-1 each.
Scorers for Glanworth: T Fitzgibbon 1-2 (1-0 pen, 2fs), M Pierce, C Quirke 0-2 each, S O’Keeffe, P O’Driscoll 0-1 each.
ÉIRE ÓG: C Hallissey; F Landers, T Coveney, C O’Mahony; B Corkery, D Herlihy, T Dineen; S Murphy, A Herlihy; J Crowley, S McCarthy, C Lowney (Cpt); K Hallissey, A O’Connor, J Dineen.
Subs: F O’Rourke for Crowley (51), T O’Leary for Dineen (53), P McDonagh for Corkery (56)
GLANWORTH: C Cotter; W Blackburne, D Gallagher (Cpt) S Kiely; T Pierce, B Gallagher, S O’Keeffe; R O’Driscoll, S Finn; C Quirke, G O’Neill, D Pyne; M Pierce, T Fitzgibbon, P O’Driscoll.
Sub: D Healy for R O’Driscoll (55).
Referee: Niall Barrett (Carrigtwohill).