Glen Rovers 1-26 Midleton 4-11: They say that a rising tide lifts all boats and following the success of the senior team, the intermediate hurlers of Glen Rovers set sail in the opening round of the Cork IHC with a well-merited win over Midleton on Saturday.

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Gritty Glen Rovers underline depth of scoring talent

Glen Rovers 1-26 Midleton 4-11: They say that a rising tide lifts all boats and following the success of the senior team, the intermediate hurlers of Glen Rovers set sail in the opening round of the Cork IHC with a well-merited win over Midleton on Saturday.

Gritty Glen Rovers underline depth of scoring talent

The scoreline might suggest that this was a cracking game of hurling, but the truth is that the city team had built the platform which led to their eventual triumph in the opening half hour when they registered 17 points to their opponent’s 1-3.

Evan O’Connell, Dean Brosnan, Barry Hackett, Andrew Evans and Eoghan Cronin all were on target in that period with O’Connell firing over some superb points from play and placed balls. Dean Brosnan, who missed the senior team’s opener against Carbery last Sunday, was in scintillating form too, rifling over a quartet of points which was matched by the impressive Barry Hackett.

Midleton had the first of their four goals when Brian O’Sullivan netted in the 15th minute, while Paudie O’Keeffe, Mark O’Keeffe and Michael Keohane had points.

When the teams resumed for the second-half the Glen took up from where they left off with the very impressive O’Connell rifling over two more points.

However, with the city team becoming a bit lethargic in their defensive play, Midleton responded with a goal from Paudie O’Keeffe and a couple of points from Killian Hurley and sub Mike Abernethy.

The Glen kept things ticking over with more points from O’Connell, but Midleton were on target at the other end with points from Hurley again from a 65 and Conor O’Neill who impressed in that second-half.

Midleton were now doing much better as the Glen’s defensive slackness continued, but the East Cork team were rocked a few minutes later when sub Mark Dooley delivered the city side’s only goal in the 50th minute.

But Midleton were not done, and a third goal from Paudie O’Keeffe in the 58th minute after another point from O’Neill added a lot more respectability to the scoreline. David Goggin belted over a Glen point as the game entered injury time but it was Midleton who had the last say with another goal from Abernethy, followed by a pointed free from Paudie O’Keeffe.

Scorers for Glen Rovers:

E O’Connell (0-12, 6 frees), D Brosnan (0-5), B Hackett (0-4), M Dooley (1-0), A Evans (0-2), E Cronin, C O’Brien, D Goggin (0-1 each).

Scorers for Midleton:

P O’Keeffe (2-2, 1-1, frees), C O’Neill (0-4), M Abernethy (1-1), B O’Sullivan (1-0), K Hurley (0-2, 1 65), M O’Keeffe, M Keohane (0-1 each).

GLEN ROVERS:

R Healy; A Lynch, K McCarthy-Coade, J Mulcahy; J Horgan, A Dunlea, S Milner; S Kennefick, D Goggin; D Brosnan, A Evans, E O’Connell; B Hackett, C O’Brien, E Cronin.

Subs:

M Dooley for O’Brien (50), J Maher for Mulcahy (60).

MIDLETON:

J Loftus; A Daly, G Bagnall, E Mulcahy; B O’Shea, L Dineen, K Hurley; S O’Farrell, S Ryan; P O’Keeffe, L Coughlan, C O’Neill;M O’Keeffe, B O’Sullivan, M Keohane.

Subs:

A Stanton and M Abernethy for Ryan M O’Keeffe both h-t, R cConville fot Dineen (50).

Referee:

M O’Mahony (Kilbrittain).

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