In a tense game when the sides were only separated by more than a point after Glenville’s last score, the Imokilly side were thankful to be able to call upon Cahill, who had missed the heavy defeat to Macroom in round two due to suspension.
Glenville manager John Halbert Snr hailed the contribution of his side’s attacking star afterwards.
“Paudie wasn’t available to us for the Macroom match,” he said, “so it was a boost to have him back.
“He’s a huge addition to us, he gives us a focus. In saying that, Seán O’Callaghan broke his arm against Macroom and he missed out, so it’s swings and roundabouts.”
The backdoor path is one Glenville are used to treading, having not won a first-round tie since 2009. Halbert was pleased with his team’s ability to grind out victory, repeating the win of two years ago against the same opposition at the same stage, especially as defeat would have meant exiting the championship and having to negotiate the relegation play-off.
“Such is the structure of the competition, you’d have to be very relieved,” he said.
“We were hurt after the Macroom game, which we never got into, and we knew that we had something extra to offer. It was always going to be tight, we played Carrigaline two years ago and it was like that.
“We’re always going to be on the border, given the size of the club, but our fellas are good at facing the struggle. We’ve proved again tonight that whoever draws us tonight will know that they’ve been in a game.”
Carrigaline, shorn of so many players through emigration and injury, knew they had been in a game, and regretfully for them it was a game that they will feel that they could have won.
Killian McIntyre, shouldering a lot of responsibility in attack with Simon O’Brien and David Drake absent, kicked three points and was always lively, with Barry O’Keeffe, Niall Coakley and Wesley O’Brien all contributing for them as well, while Cillian McSweeney did well in the half-back line.
Though Glenville were more reliant on Cahill for scores, they were never in trouble, and the forcing of frees within range allowed the attacker, who was linking well with John Halbert, to punish Carrigaline.
Cahill’s fifth point made it 0-5 to 0-4 in the 23rd minute, and while O’Brien equalised with the best score of the game up to then — involving McIntyre, Matthew O’Reilly and Nicholas Murphy — William Connolly ensured that Glenville led at half-time.
Though Carrigaline lost wing-back Owen O’Brien to a nasty neck injury in injury time before the break, it didn’t seem to affect them upon the restart as Nicholas Murphy levelled with a fine score.
At the other end, they needed goalkeeper Seán Mellett to save well from Kevin Coakley and while Eoin Barry made it 0-7 to 0-6 from the loose ball, O’Keeffe and McIntyre turned things in Carrig’s favour by the 40-minute mark.
Cahill was on form, though. On 42 minutes he sent over yet another free and then capped a fine run with an excellent effort to give his side the impetus once more.
O’Brien again tied matters for Carrigaline, but they had run out of steam; Brendan Healy putting Glenville ahead once more before, fittingly, Cahill had the final say to condemn Carrigaline to a clash with Kinsale to see who is relegated.
Scorers for Glenville: P Cahill 0-8 (six frees), E Barry, B Healy, W Connolly 0-1 each.
Scorers for Carrigaline: K McIntyre 0-3, B O’Keeffe, W O’Brien 0-2 each, N Coakley (free), N Murphy 0-1 each.
GLENVILLE: P O’Leary; M Barry, D McCarthy, W O’Leary; B Healy, P O’Regan, P Cronin; N O’Riordan, G Cahill; J Halbert, E O’Reilly, K Coakley; E Barry, P Cahill, W Connolly.
Subs: Kevin O’Neill for G Cahill (ht), B Maloney for E Barry (44), G Cahill for M Barry (52).
CARRIGALINE: S Mellett; P Ronayne, S Griffin, K Forbes; O O’Connor, C Barry, C McSweeney; E Kavanagh, G Harrington; W O’Brien, B O’Keeffe, N Coakley; K McIntyre, N Murphy, M O’Reilly.
Subs: A Noonan for O O’Connor (30), B Coakley for O’Reilly (44).
Referee: David Daly (Brian Dillons).