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Wednesday 22 October 2014

Donard-The Glen men on a mission!

Published 26/06/2013 | 05:44

Donard-The Glen, relegated from the Senior grade last year have their sights set on a quick return to the top and proved it again at Aughrim on Sunday when they brushed the challenge of luckless Coolboy.

Donard-The Glen, relegated from the Senior grade last year have their sights set on a quick return to the top and proved it again at Aughrim on Sunday when they brushed the challenge of luckless Coolboy.

It was their third straight win and all but assures them of at least a place in the knockout stages

The wind blowing into the town goal was to prove a spoil sport but wind or not there was quite a gap between the sides. Recently relegated Donard-The Glen had more strength and fire power and were always in control.

Coolboy have hit bad times; there was only one O'Keeffe and one Willoughby on the team and that tells you all you need to know. When emigration bites in a small village the struggle is to stay afloat.

Donard-The Glen had first use of the wind and Ed Flynn and Harry Mangan had them on the score sheet within minutes. Despite missing some good scoring chances they still stretched their lead to 0-6 to 0-1 by the end of the first quarter, the Coolboy point scored by Wayne Kavanagh from a free in the 10th minute.

Harry Mangan pointed a free won by Kevin Kealy; Alan Daly had one from play; Ed Flynn pointed another free when Conor Healy was fouled while Bryan Lennon stormed into the game with two great points.

Sean Kenny, Dan Nolan and the Gregans were defending bravely but with John Hanbidge and George Finlay on top a midfield the Coolboy forwards were seeing little of the ball.

County Minor Conor Healy tacked on two more points but Wayne Kinsella closed the scoring with an injury time point.

Half time - Donard-The Glen 0-10; Coolboy 0-2

It was a case of game keeper turning poached as the second half got under way.

Coolboy brought on two subs at half time; one was James Barnes and he went into goal to release Stephen Dagg. In the very first attack Dagg used all his great experience to box a goal for Coolboy.

It was the score the game needed but it was not enough to turn the clash. However it did lift the underdogs for a while. Wayne Kinsella and P.J. Mulhall tacked on points and only a goal separated the sides.

Just as we were starting to believe that we had a match on our hands Donard-The Glen struck again. Three goals in as many minutes and the game was over as a contest.

Conor Healy struck in the 14th minute; Dermott Daly had just handed his slip to the referee when the ball broke in his patch and he blasted the net.

When the experienced Ed Flynn struck for the third in the 16th minute the game had slipped beyond Coolboy's reach.

Wayne Kinsella pulled back a point in the 20th minute but Donard had the wait until the third minute of injury time to get their first point of the second half.

Midfielder John Hambidge, who had a great game kicked over that point.

Donard-The Glen did all that was required of them but manager Mervyn O'Neill may not be all that pleased with the overall display.

All right, with three wins on the trot Donard-The Glen are now all but sure of a place in the knock out stages but they will find bigger cats lurking in the long grass.

Scorers - Donard-The Glen - Conor Healy 1-2; Ed Flynn 1-2; Dermot Daly 1-0; Harry Mangan 0-3; Bryan Lennon 0-2; Alan Daly and John Hanbidge 0-1 each.

Coolboy - Stephen Dagg 1-0; Wayne Kinsella 0-4; P.J. Mulhall O-1.

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