GLYNN-BARNTOWN pulled off the most dramatic of victories when they came back from an 11-point deficit to beat Buffers Alley in the Senior relegation final in Bellefield on Saturday afternoon, sending the hurling stronghold down to Intermediate ranks for the first time in almost 50 years.
After a one-sided first half where Buffers Alley were by far the better side, Glynn-Barntown completely outplayed their opponents in the second half with a powerful display of determination and skill.
Buffers Alley raced to a four point in the tenth minute thanks to Tomás O'Leary, James Foley, Shane Grannell and Keith Burke after Paul Carley had opened the scoring for Glynn.
But Glynn came back thanks to Gary Moore and Carley before Willie Doran and Burke put the Alley three clear with 10 minutes remaining in the half.
Michael Doyle got Gylnn back within two points moments later but the Alley laid down a marker coming up to halftime as Seán Óg Whelan pointed before Andrew Kenny ran behind the Gylnn defence and found the net.
O'Leary added another point minutes later and Pat Doran put Buffers Alley in a great position as he struck a lose ball to the net after a brief goalmouth scramble to put his side 10 points in front at half-time.
When a Craig Doyle point was sandwiched by points from Tomás O'Leary and James Foley putting Buffers Alley 11 points clear early in the second half, a lot of the crowd in Bellefield presumed that there was no way back for Glynn, but what followed was a tremendous come-back.
Paul Carley and Michael O'Regan got the ball rolling with well-taken scores before Carley somehow found the net kicking a shot to the net midway through the half when there seemed to be nothing on.
Less than a minute later Alan Cowman gave a great pass to Gary Moore who found to the net leaving a goal between the sides and when Michael Doyle fired over seconds later it was obvious a thrilling finish was on the cards.
Carley added two frees to level matters with eight minutes remaining but the momentum was all with Glynn and as Michael O'Regan, John Leacy, Gary Moore and Michael and Brenadn Doyle all put in sterling performances they finished they game in an exhibitionist fashion.
Michael Doyle scored from a tight angle and Moore added a lineball before Craig and Brendan Doyle added two great scores near the sideline to go four ahead in injury time.
A great individual goal from Andrew Kenny gave Buffers Alley some hope but the final whistle soon sounded resulting in massive celebrations for Glynn-Barntown.