Extra-time failed to separate the teams on a balmy night that perfect for flowing football. With both sides under fierce pressure, it was, well, a game that won’t be remembered for much more than the fact it was competitive.
The quality of play was questionable, to the point that there were a lot more missed chances than scores; Canovee, for instance, had 15 wides while Glanmire missed the target on 12 occasions, at least half of them very poor attempts.
Of the two sides, Glanmire will arguably be the more disappointed as they failed to build upon a very bright start. Alan Barry knocked over two points before Donal Molden tacked on two points from frees to give his side a huge boost inside seven minutes.
But while Barry added two further points in a low-scoring first half, Canovee managed to keep in touch with a couple of Darragh Ring points and two further scores from James Moynihan and Con Dunne.
The West Cork side should really have pulled away after the break, having drawn level with points from Ring and Denis O’Sullivan. They looked capable of doing so but were hauled back quickly when Molden grabbed a 45th minute goal that came from brilliant build-up play involving Barry and Killian Burke. Glanmire, however, couldn’t hold that lead and Canovee, despite missing several clear-cut point chances, drew level through Ring (0-2) and Daniel O’Sullivan, to force the game into extra-time.
Ring pointed from a free six minutes into the first period of extra-time and that, remarkably, gave his side the lead for the first time. Yet again, however, nerves took over in the second spell; both sides had opportunities to win it, but Canovee had to be satisfied with two points and Glanmire with three.
In the finish, it was left to Aidan Moynihan to produce an excellent point and keep Canovee in the competition and avoid the possible drop back into junior competition.
Both teams have room for considerable improvement, but at least they’ll each be pleased to have an opportunity to fight another day.
Scorers for Canovee: D Ring (0-6, 5 frees), C Dunne (0-2), J Moynihan, A Moynihan, Denis O’Sullivan, Daniel O’Sullivan (0-1 each).
Scorers for Glanmire: D Molden (1-2), A Barry (0-5, 1 free), E McEvoy, T Leahy (0-1 each).
CANOVEE: D Shine; P O’Sullivan, J McCarthy, A Cronin; J O’Brien, T Murphy, Daniel O’Sullivan; B Barrett, E Lyons; J Moynihan, Denis O’Sullivan, M Deasy; C Dunne, A Moynihan, D Ring.
Subs: S O’Connor for Deasy (ht), L Ahern for O’Brien (45), G Lucey for Daniel O’Sullivan (73), D Ahern for P O’Sullivan (77).
GLANMIRE: S Conlon; A O’Mahony, B Murphy, J Leopold; C Harrington, D O’Connell, D Murphy; E McEvoy, T Leahy; K Burke, D Molden, J O’Sullivan; T Drinan, D O’Brien, A Barry.
Subs: D Tsu for J O’Sullivan (ht), M Connolly for Drinan (45), B Kelleher for Tsu (56), J O’Sullivan for D O’Brien (72).
Referee: C Murphy (Nemo Rangers).