Clinical Glenbeigh Advance To Mid Kerry Final Meeting With Laune Rangers
By Dara O'Connor
Glenbeigh/Glencar advanced to the Mid Kerry Senior Football Championship Final for 2018 today after travelling to Milltown and dispensing of the opposition with little trouble over the sixty minutes. A more experienced and wily Glenbeigh/Glencar side who competed in Division 1 over the past two seasons eventually wore down a Milltown/Castlemaine side who battled hard all throughout but were shorn some key players today from the panel such as Cathal Moriarty, Kieran O'Carroll, Ciaran O'Connor, Shane Murphy & Jonathan O'Sullivan amongst others but this is by no way in taking away from a much deserved win for Glenbeigh/Glencar on the afternoon as their forward play was sublime all through and their ruthlessness in front of goal was something Milltown/Castlemaine simply were unable to match on this occasion.
Glenbeigh/Glencar kicked 0-10 from play whereas all Milltown scores came from frees another decisive statistic today in the grand scheme of things.
Glenbeigh take a commanding lead into the break
Tommy Cahill started the game as he wished to go on with two points in as many minutes at the start of the 1st half both from play and both splendidly taken off his right leg to push the visitors into an early lead. This was soon followed by a surging run from County man Darran O'Sullivan who fired over when it looked as if he was about to rattle the net, 0-3 to 0-0 after 5 mins.
Milltown/Castlemaine knew already at such an early stage that the next score would be important and after David Roche was pulled around the neck, Jerome Flynn slotted over a free from 14 yards on the left to make it 0-3 to 0-1. This was followed by a great goal chance for the home side but despite a brilliant run Gavin Horan seen an effort sail marginally past the far post of Donal O'Neill's goal.
Kieran Courtney with the first of three outstanding pointed efforts for Glenbeigh/Glencar on the day exchanged a score with Jamie O'Shea of Milltown who put over a free from the right to leave it 0-4 to 0-2 after 15 mins.
Milltown/Castlemaine essentially will feel looking back that the final quarter of the opening half was their undoing as despite creating quite a number of opportunities, they failed to add to their tally despite efforts from Jerome Flynn, Donal Dennehy & Gavin Horan. Glenbeigh/Glencar made the home side pay for the missed chances and Tommy Cahill with 2 frees in the 20th and 28th minutes and another terrific score on the run after a one-two pass from Kieran Courtney had the away sides support roaring in approval heading into the break with Glenbeigh/Glencar leading by 0-7 to 0-2 and in pole position.
No way back for Milltown-Castlemaine
The 2nd half was more of a slow burner but again Glenbeigh/Glencar won the half with a bit to spare and ultimately the game as a whole.
Caolim Teahan got the first point of the half on 38 mins from all of 45 yards with an effort showing the confidence now well and truly flowing through the away side.
Milltown/Castlemaine substitute Jack McCarthy pointed from a free on 42 mins to reduce the arrears to five at 0-8 to 0-3 but despite the game not being over on the scoreboard, it was hard to see the game swinging in the home sides direction unless they could raise a green flag, which failed to materialize.
Keen to kill the game off and make sure there would be no late rally by the home side, Tommy Cahill with his 3rd free of the afternoon and Kieran Courtney's 3rd from play on the turn shooting back against his body in a sharp movement extended Glenbeigh's lead out to 0-10 to 0-3 by the 47th min.
Jack McCarthy with his 2nd free after being introduced brought the visitors lead back to six but there was to be no late comeback as Glenbeigh/Glencar finished strongly, controlling possession and the pace of the game impressively with some good game management from all the team using their numerical advantage in their favour after Damian Murphy was sent to the line after receiving a second yellow card with ten minutes remaining.
Darran O'Sullivan after a run along the end line seen an effort sail between the posts and this was followed by efforts from Daniel Griffin off his right boot & a fisted Tommy Cahill point to round off an impressive days work for Glenbeigh/Glencar who adapted well to tricky conditions.
A disappointing end undoubtedly to the season for the Milltown/Castlemaine lads but with so many young players being integrated into their panel this season and many lads making championship débuts in 2018 along with many to return from injury, brighter days lie ahead & 2019 is only around the corner!
We wish Glenbeigh/Glencar all the best in the Final
Tommy Cahill (0-6, 0-3 from play), Kieran Courtney (0-3 play), Darran O'Sullivan (0-2 play), Caolim Teahan (0-1 play), Daniel Griffin (0-1 play)
Jack McCarthy (0-2 frees), Jerome Flynn (0-1 free), Jamie O'Shea (0-1 free)