Glenbeigh / Glencar
(Saturday, September 14,
COULD this be it?
Could this be the year that Glenbeigh / Glencar transform themselves from contenders into champions? From pretenders to the throne into kingpins?
They certainly appear to have the stuff to do so. Then against we've said that before. The three names that trip off the tongue whenever discussing Glenbeigh / Glencar's chances are Pa Kilkenny, Darran O'Sullivan and Gavan O'Grady.
Kilkenny and O'Sullivan are the Kerry panellists, but it's thought that O'Grady is their key performer. It's easy to see why. He was hugely impressive for UCC in 2011 in their run to the Cork County title and, indeed, the Munster Final where they faced the might of Dr Crokes. If he gets enough space, if he gets enough ball, if Colin McGillicuddy and Fergal Griffin do their bit in the middle of the park, then O'Grady has the stuff (along with Darran and guys like Bernard Murphy) to fire Glenbeigh / Glencar to the final.
They shouldn't under any circumstances underestimate Cordal, however. They are back in the semi-finals of their competition for the second time in three years. They went to Duagh – not an easy place to get a result – in the quarter-finals and came away with a very creditable victory. It was a victory that came after extra-time. This is a team that's ready and willing to battle and to dig out a result.
This is also a team that plays a nice brand of football. They are somewhat reliant on Eamon John O'Donoghue, however. If O'Donoghue plays well around the middle of the park, then Cordal play well. He pulls the strings. He sets the tempo for their entire team. If O'Donoghue plays well then guys like Philip Griffin and Phillip O'Connor play well.
With Seán Óg Ó Ciardubhain, the top keeper in the junior championship, doing his best to locate O'Donoghue with every kick-out Glenbeigh / Glencar will have to be on guard.
Verdict: Glenbeigh / Glencar