In almost exactly four years, they have won a mere two championship games, both times against the since-relegated Killavullen.
They have also had to watch on as their ‘twin’ hurling club, Sarsfields, captured a pair of county senior titles while the footballers slid from being Premier Intermediate contenders to Intermediate also-rans.
However last year’s relegation finalists secured their intermediate status in this third round-cum relegation semi-final in Ballincollig.
They had to fight hard to guarantee their survival though; having been pegged back twice in the drawn encounter two weeks previous when, without the suspended Michael Cussen, Glanmire were the ones who had to come from behind before emerging victorious.
“We’ve been under pressure for the last few years and there’s been a lot of hurling played here, so it’s a huge thing for the club to avoid relegation,” said Glanmire top scorer, Alan Barry.
Glanmire were first level 49 minutes into a poor, error-strewn contest and had to rely on Barry to kick an equalising free late on to bring the game to extra-time.
However the Glanmire bench began to turn the tie, Duncan Tsu’s fantastic individual goal the difference between the sides after the first extra period, 1-11 to 1-8.
Nineteen minutes in, a poor Denis O’Sullivan shot was fielded by full-forward Eamonn Lyons who blasted Canovee into a four-point lead.
Trailing by five at the break, 1-4 to 0-2, Daniel Molden missed Glanmire’s third goal chance before Barry, moved to centre-forward, landed two stunning points as Glanmire outscored their opponents 0-7 to 0-2 in the second period.
“We were very flat in the first half and couldn’t get going,” remarked Barry. “We just tore into them in the second half, we got two early points and our bench was huge. We were just delighted to pull out the win.”
The pressure will be off Glanmire as they advance to play Kanturk while Canovee will meet Mayfield in the relegation final.
Scorers for Glanmire: A Barry (0-6, 3fs), D Tsu (1-0), D O’Brien, D Molden, M Cussen, D O’Connell (f), R Organ, B Kelleher (0-1).
Scorers for Canovee: D Ring (0-6, 5fs), E Lyons (1-0), A Moynihan, J Moynihan (0-2).
GLANMIRE: B O’Connell; C Power, B Murphy, J Leopold; C English, D O’Connell, M Connolly; M Cussen, T Leahy; T Drinan, D Molden, D O’Brien; F Burke, K Burke, A Barry.
Subs: J O’Sullivan for K Burke (28), J Cussen for F Burke (44) D Tsu for Drinan (49), R Organ for Molden (56), B Kelleher for Leahy (56), D Murphy for D O’Connell (67), T Hourihan for J Cussen (ht , et).
CANOVEE: D Shine; P O’Sullivan, J McCarthy, Daniel O’Sullivan; J O’Brien, T Murphy, A Cronin; B Barrett, Denis O’Sullivan; J Moynihan, G Ahern, W Ahern; A Moynihan, E Lyons, D Ring.
Subs: D Ahern for Denis O’Sullivan (49), G Lucey for O’Brien (50), M Deasy for G Ahern (57), O’Brien for Leahy (61), P Twomey for W Ahern (66), G Ahern for O’Brien (73).
Referee: D Whyte (St Mary’s).