While Glenville returned to East Cork wondering how they threw away a 1-10 to 0-5 lead with just 20 minutes to play, Naomh Abán similarly questioned how they could have been in such a position as they outscored their opponents 3-8 to 1-1 in the remaining time.
Maybe it was the luxury of a backdoor, maybe it’s because it’s only May but the big issue for both sides was the lack of championship intensity yesterday at Ballincollig. And if Naomh Abán harbour serious ambitions of winning this year’s title they will need a huge improvement by the fourth round. And they know it.
“We’ve a lot of stuff to be working on. That first half wasn’t good enough,” said Naomh Abán captain Séamus Ó Mathúna.
Given that Naomh Abán didn’t panic was a credit given the situation they were in. Anthony Cronin and Paudie Cahill were terrorising them while they couldn’t compete with Noel O’Riordan, Kieran Coakley or William Connolly for breaking ball. Connolly’s goal, finished after racing on to a bouncing ball, gave them a deserved 1-8 to 0-3 lead at the break.
Even when Naomh Abán kicked two quick scores inside the opening minutes of the second half, Glenville’s Connolly and Cahill responded to keep the lead at eight points.
Naomh Abán looked finished until substitute Maidhcí Ó Duinnín, who came in for the injured Colm Ó Murchú, was felled in the square and Michéal Ó Cróinín blasted home. That score transformed them from hopeless to confident.
Suddenly Ó Cróinín couldn’t miss. Michéal Ó Laoire caught everything that went his way. Donncha Ó Cróinín was a terror in the corner.
Séamus Ó Laoire drew the sides level when he caught his own effort off the posts to smash it home. Seconds later he picked up a loose Kieran Cronin pass and slipped it into Ó Cróinín all alone inside the square.
Glenville threatened a comeback with an Anthony Cronin goal but by then they were running on empty, Noel O’Riordan sent off and Paudie Cahill soon to follow. Four unanswered points by Naomh Abán ensured their defeat was emphatic and a meeting with Macroom in the second round.
Scorers for Naomh Abán: M Ó Cróinín (1-0pen, 1f) 2-4, S MacCarthaigh (2fs) 0-4, M Ó Laoire 1-1, M Ó Duinnín 0-2, S Ó Laoire, D Ó Cróinín 0-1 each.
Scorers for Glenville: P Cahill (1f) 0-5, A Cronin 1-2, K O’Neill 1-0, W Connolly 0-2, E O’Reilly, K Coakley 0-1 each.
NAOMH ABÁN: S ÓhUidir; C Ó Deaúna, T Ó Scannaill, É Ó Criodáin; D Ó Scannaill, S Ó Mathúna, M Ó Liatháin; M Ó Laoire, S Ó Laoire; D Ó Liatháin, M Ó Cróinín, D Ó Cróinín; S MacCarthaigh, C Ó Murchú, D Ó Cróinín. Subs: M Ó Duinnín for Ó Murchú (18, inj.).
GLENVILLE: K Cronin; M O’Donoghue, S O’Callaghan, W O’Leary; P Cronin, P O’Reagan, K Coakley; N O’Riordan, B Healy; K O’Neill, E O’Reilly, W Connolly; B Maloney, Paudie Cahill, A Cronin.
Subs: B Halbert for Maloney (53).