Glenealy withstand late rally
Glenealy 3-9 Carnew Emmets 3-6
Glenealy had to withstand a late goal rush by Carnew to secure their 12th county senior hurling title at Aughrim yesterday.
With less than 13 minutes left, the defending champions appeared to be coasting to another win, leading by 3-7 to 0-6. Carnew had been unable to break down the Glenealy defence, while at the other end Enan Glynn was turning in a tremendous performance.
Glynn had drilled home a goal in each half and had set up a third maximum for Eoin Dunne to stretch the lead from 1-6 to 0-4 at the break to 10 points with just seven minutes left on the clock.
Carnew had not scored at all from play up to that stage, with their six points by Don Hyland coming from frees and a '65'. Glenealy's big hitters Jonathan O'Neill, Wayne O'Gorman, Leighton Glynn, and MA O'Neill were doing the heavy lifting and they appeared to be in cruise control going into the last 10 minutes.
Out of the blue, though, Carnew produced a storming rally, rushing in a pair of goals by Gary Doran, and a third by Nick Skelton just before full-time.
But it was not enough and Carnew were left to wonder if things would have been different had they mounted their challenge to Glenealy's dominance earlier.
Scorers -- Glenealy: E Glynn 2-1, E Dunne 1-0, L Glynn, J O'Neill (2f, 1 '65') 0-3 each, W O'Gorman, A Driver 0-1 each.
Carnew: D Hyland 0-6 (5f, 1 '65'), G Doran 2-0, N Skelton 1-0.
Glenealy -- J Driver; C O'Neill, MA O'Neill, R Byrne; G Byrne, P Dunne, G Devlin; J O'Neill, L Glynn; T Doyle, N Driver, E Dunne; W O'Gorman, E Glynn, A Driver.
Carnew Emmets -- T Kennedy; S Doyle, P Nolan, O Doyle; G Keogh, L Kennedy, W Collins; S Kinsella, B Osbourne; TJ Hennessy, T Kennedy, T Collins; D Hyland, G Doran, N Skelton. Subs: J Murphy for Hennessy, B Bolger for Nolan, M Collins for Kennedy.
Ref -- D Peppard (Hollywood).