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Millsteet impress despite defeat


Kevin Crowley wins possession for Millstreet against Glenville

Kevin Crowley wins possession for Millstreet against Glenville

Kevin Crowley wins possession for Millstreet against Glenville


Debutants Millstreet delivered a battling show yet came up short to a more experienced Glenville in the opening round to the County IFC at Coachford on Monday evening.

At the end of the hour, Glenville's cuteness surfaced, the East Cork side regraded from Premier level dominated key stages and possessed more zip in their game to land the spoils.

Credit Millstreet on offering plenty of spirit and resolve, recovering from a 0-7 to 0-1 deficit to come within a point of their opponents twice in the second half. Indeed Millstreet passed up on goaling opportunities after the break.

A turning point surfaced in the 52nd minute, Millstreet trailing 0-11 to 0-10, a great move saw Paul Sheehan and Patrick Coleman create the opening only for Michael Murphy's effort come off the woodwork. The ball transferred promptly downfield for Glenville nippy corner forward Ben Halbert post a sweet point.

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For good measure, effective full forward Paudie Cahill added on a pair of points to rubbertamp Glenville victory, leaving Millstreet to ponder ahead of a back door route to remain in the campaign.

Early on, Millstreet flattered to deceive, opening smartly for a Kevin Crowley point and a lead for the only occasion. A willing Glenville responded to grab control of the proceedings and points to Dylan O'Donovan, Noel O'Riordan and Cahill earned a clear 0-4 to 0-1 advantage at the close of the initial quarter. The initiative remained with Glenville, ruling with authority through the dominant work of Paddy O'Regan, Denis Hegarty and O'Riordan.

Upfront, Cahill and Halbert threatened with Seán O'Callaghan and Kieran Coakley adding points to strengthen their position. Millstreet failed to add to the scoreboard for 20 minutes but set about redressing the deficit on two points from Michael Vaughan and another by Tadhg Collins halved the deficit.

The sides swapped pointed frees to Cahill and Vaughan to allow Glenville hold a 0-8 to 0-5 advntage at the break.

On the restart, Glenville continued to dominate, Halbert extending their hand. However, there was an increased urgency to Millstreet's game through Kevin Crowley and Patrick Coleman linking up at midfield, Mark Ellis at centre-forward with Patrick Randles and Paul Sheehan putting in timely interceptions in defence.

That allowed attacking options for Collins, Ellis and Crowley shoot points to leave the minimum between the pair. Glenville answered and a productive spell yielded a pair of points to O'Donovan and Willie O'Leary.

Again Millstreet stemmed the tide to remain in contention on points to Collins and Vaughan to trail 0-11 to 0-10. Indeed Millstreet passed up goaling opportunities with Ellis and Vaughan wide of the mark.

And Millstreet held a great opportunity to force parity on Murphy denied, Glenville made the most of the let off and kicked for home on late points to the enterprising Halbert and Cahill.

GLENVILLE: A Ricken; D McCarthy, M Barry, S O'Callaghan 0-1; E O'Reilly, P O'Regan, D Hegarty; N O'Riorda 0-1, K O'Neill; W O'Leary 0-1, D O'Donovan 0-3 (1f), K Coakley 0-2; A Collins, P Cahill 0-4 (2f), B Halbert 0-2 Subs: P Cronin for Collins (29), W Connolly for O'Reilly (38), O'Reilly for Coakley (56), G Cahill for Cronin (59)

MILLSTREET: D Twomey; C Feley, B O'Connor, P Randles; J Buckley, P Sheehan, L Murphy; P Coleman, M Ellis 0-1; O Murrphy, K Crowley 0-2, D McCaul; T Collins 0-3, M Murphy, M Vaughan 0-5 (3f) Subs: C Crowley for McCaul (ht), T Kiely for Sheehan (57), A Murphy for Randles (58), J Broxton for C Crowley (59)

Referee: P O'Leary (Kilmurry)