Erin’s Own, who conceded a goal in the first half, recovered well and despite playing into the breeze were slightly unlucky to be just level at the break.
However, there was no way they could recover from the double whammy of conceding two second-half goals through Brian Phelan and Calvin Healy as the Glen upped the ante.
Indeed the straight line running of Glen’s Dean Brosnan and Graham Callinan in particular through the heart of the Erin’s Own rearguard caused lots of problems for an overworked defence in that second half.
Star Cork forward Patrick Horgan expressed himself “very happy with the Glen’s second-half performance and the fact that we are consistently running up good scores in our matches.”
The first half was a slow burner. Mark Collins, outstanding for the East Cork side, had a point after just 20 seconds and he along with full-forward and captain Eoghan Murphy were Erin’s Own’s most potent attackers. Much speculation surrounded who might pick up Patrick Horgan. He fetched up on the wing and was generally tightly marked by the youthful Niall Scanlon but the Glen man’s facility to land difficult long-range frees kept the scoreboard ticking over.
Points from Colm Coakley, Collins again and unerring freetaker Eoghan Murphy put Erin’s Own into an early lead but they were pegged back at the end of the first quarter with points by Horgan, a beauty from Paul Virgo and then a brilliant 50m solo run and score from Dean Brosnan to edge his team into a 0-5 to 0-4 lead.
Points were swapped through the impressive Mossy Carroll and Brian Moylan and the Glen moved Paul O’Brien on to Mark Collins in an effort to contain him.
The first major breakthrough for the Glen came in the 19th minute. A long ball from Calvin Healy found Paul Virgo and he showed a predator’s instincts to collect and bury the ball past Shay Bowen. Credit to Erin’s Own who finished the first half well with points from Eoghan Murphy and a smart point from Mossy Carroll following a pass from Killian Murphy. And it was all square at the break, 0-10 to 1-7.
Early second-half points from Mossy Carroll and an outstanding over the shoulder effort from Eoghan Murphy put Erin’s Own into a two-point lead.
Crucially, however, the Glen had moved Graham Callinan to midfield and early in the second half he, along with the impressive Donal Cronin, began to get a grip on things.
Then came a flash or rather two flashes of brilliance from Horgan. He took two men out of the game with two classy flicks of the wrist and played the ball perfectly into the path of Brian Phelan who, in a one-on-one situation, did what the Glen expected of him.
That goal visibly lifted the city team and they tagged on points through Virgo and a rampaging 60m run by Callinan ended in a point.
A similiar run through by Dean Brosnan brought a good save from Shay Bowen and at the other end Fergus Murphy squeezed through and got a shot away but it was well saved by Cathal Hickey as the game opened up.
Mark Collins pointed twice more but the Glen had the initiative now and turned the knife further with a goal by Calvin Healy with five minutes left that left his team five points to the good and enough leeway to win the day.
Delighted Glen manager Tony Wall pointed to “the 91 training sessions and 20 matches as being instrumental in shaping that fine second half performance as it took us a while to get going. And to beat a side of the calibre of Erin’s Own you have to score goals.”
That they did.
Scorers: Glen Rovers: P. Horgan 0-8 (0-7 frees and 0-1 ’65), P. Virgo 1-2, C. Healy 1-1, B. Phelan 1-0, D. Brosnan, D. Cronin, B. Moylan and G. Callinan 0-1 each
Erin’s Own: E. Murphy 0-8 (0-5 frees), M. Collins 0-5 (01 ’65), M. Carroll 0-3, C. Coakley and Kieran Murphy 0-1 each
GLEN ROVERS: C. Hickey, S. Kennefick, B. Murphy, S. McDonnell, G. Callinan, P. O’ Brien, D. Noonan, D. Cronin, B. Moylan, D. Brosnan, B. Phelan, P. Horgan (c), P. Virgo, D. Cunningham, C. Healy.
Subs: G. Moylan for Callinan (temp.)(13 mins.), G. Moylan for B. Moylan (44 mins.), E. Healy for S. Kennefick (58 mins.)
ERIN’S OWN: S. Bowen, S. Murphy, P. Fitzgerald, Kilian Murphy, B. Clifford, S. Cronin, N. Scanlon, Kieran Murphy, S. Crowley, C. Coakley, M. Carroll, M. Collins, A. Power, E. Murphy, F. Murphy.
Subs: S. Kelly for S. Crowley (26 mins.), J. O’ Carroll for A. Power (47 mins).
Referee: D. Copps (Ballyhea).