Horgan's late flurry inspires Glen to back-to-back Cork titles
Cork star Patrick Horgan's five late points were the key to Glen Rovers retaining the county SHC crown as they overcame Erin's Own at Páirc Uí Rinn yesterday.
Glen Rovers 0-19 Erin's Own 2-11
Having led by 0-11 to 1-3 at half-time, the city side extended that advantage as wing-forward Dean Brosnan - who impressed throughout - added a point within a minute of the restart. However, Erin's Own - the last club to retain the title before yesterday, in 2006 and '06 - stayed in touch thanks to points from Cathal O'Mahony, Maurice O'Carroll and Eoghan Murphy.
They had cut the gap to 0-14 to 1-6 by the 40th minute, though the Glen's David Cunningham had been unlucky with a goal chance just before that. However, a knifing run by Colm Coakley set up Erin's Own captain O'Carroll, who fired home. A massive Murphy free brought them to within a point and, when Robbie O'Flynn was fouled after a great catch, Murphy levelled.
With ten minutes left, the corner-forward was on target again, a dead ball just outside his own 45, and then he added one from play to leave the Glen trailing by two and manager Richie Kelleher was worried, though Horgan's virtuoso display was to quell those fears.
"I genuinely thought it was gone when Erin's Own went two up in the final quarter," Kelleher said.
"We made a couple of switches. We knew if we were going to go down, we were going to go down fighting. Lads knock Patrick, but I know that every club in the country would take Patrick Horgan. That says everything about him."
As well as Horgan, Dean Brosnan was outstanding for the Glen, scoring four points from play.
Conor Dorris and Cathal O'Brien also got among the scores in the first half, but James O'Flynn's goal on 21 minutes had put Erin's Own 1-3 to 0-5 in front.
They wouldn't score again before half-time, however, and the Glen produced a fine response to lead by five at the turnover.
Having gone without the Seán óg Murphy Cup from 1989 until 2015, the Glen have now achieved the club's first consecutive titles since 1960.
"I always felt we had the players to do the back-to-back,'" Kelleher said.
"To win a county is special, but to win back-to-back means this team can now be considered a great team.
"I am delighted that they have got their rewards. It just shows that if you don't give in, you will get there."
Scorers - Glen Rovers: P Horgan 0-12 (6fs, 2 '65s), D Brosnan 0-4, C Dorris 0-2, C O'Brien 0-1. Erin's Own: E Murphy 0-8 (5fs), M O'Carroll 1-1, J O'Flynn 1-0, C O'Mahony 0-2.
GLEN ROVERS - C Hickey; C Healy, S McDonnell, G Moylan; G Callanan, B Moylan, D Dooling; D Cronin, D Noonan; D Brosnan, P Horgan, D Cunningham; C Dorris, C O'Brien, D Busteed. Subs: M Dooley for O'Brien, G Kennefick for Busteed (both 45), S Horgan for Power (55), E O'Connell for Dorris (60).
ERIN'S OWN - S Bowen; C O'Connor, C Dooley, J Sheehan; C O'Mahony, S Murphy, S Cronin; A Power, S Kelly; R O'Flynn, C Coakley, K Murphy; E Murphy, J O'Flynn, M O'Carroll. Subs: M Collins for Kelly (h-t), C O'Callaghan for J O'Flynn (44).
Ref - J Larkin (Ballinora)