Gleeson on double to ward off Maynooth challenge
A second-half double by Conor Gleeson saw Spa hold off Maynooth in yesterday's All-Ireland Club IFC semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.
Spa looked buried when Karl Ennis stuck a superb point in the 54th minute to put Maynooth 2-9 to 1-10 in front. But the Kerry champions finished stronger, with Gleeson finding the net after a great team move. Michael O'Donoghue then added the insurance point.
Maynooth were leading 1-5 to 0-7 at the interval -- their goal coming in the 22nd minute, when Ennis blasted a 20-yard drive to the net.
Gleeson got Spa's first goal in the 37th minute to put them ahead by 1-8 to 1-6. Maynooth responded through the Ennis brothers with Alan McAndrew scoring his side's second goal in the 47th minute. However, Gleeson again goaled to book a final date with Cookstown on February 14.
Scorers -- Spa: C Gleeson 2-1, N O'Mahony 0-4, M O'Donoghue 0-3, F Clifford, T Lynch, E Cronin 0-1 each. Maynooth: K Ennis 1-3, A McAndrew 1-0, P Ennis 0-3 (0-1f, 1 '45'), N Naughton, H Purcell, M Bennett 0-1 each.
SPA -- J Devane; B Gleeson, A Cahill, F Clifford; E Cronin, H O'Donoghue, D O'Sullivan; K Healy, P Murphy; C Gleeson, N O'Mahony, C Tobin; C Cronin, M O'Donoghue, T Lynch. Subs: A Garnett for C Cronin (28), P Russell for Murphy (62).
MAYNOOTH -- P Flood; A Gunn, C O'Neill, J Brennan; A McAndrew, K Comerford, S Kennedy; M Bennett, H Purcell; K Ennis, C Carr, C Canning; V Hanrahan, P Ennis, N Naughton. Subs: J McAndrew for Hanrahan (h-t), M Fahey for Naughton (46), J Comerford for Purcell (58), P Warren for O'Neill (62).
Ref -- D Corcoran (Mayo).