Glynn the star man for Ire­land

IN­TER­NA­TIONAL RULES WICK­LOW PLAYER SHINES

Bray People - - Bray Sport - Mark KENNEDY

WICK­LOW’S LEIGHTON Glynn earned rave press re­views for his dis­play for Ire­land in their com­pro­mise rules open­ing match in Perth on Fri­day last.

Press re­porters cov­er­ing the match were vir­tu­ally unan­i­mous in their ver­dict that the Rath­new club­man turned in the man-of-the match per­for­mance for Ire­land as they eked out a nar­row one point win over Aus­tralia.

In­tro­duced to the fray early in the first quar­ter, Glynn was the en­gine room and play­maker for Ire­land and not only that he also ended up as one of their top scor­ers with ten points.

Af­ter Aus­tralia had the bet­ter start in the first quar­ter, Glynn set Ire­land on fire with a ter­rific goal early in the sec­ond quar­ter, pro­vid­ing the plat­form for Ire­land to go on and es­tab­lish a 17 point lead in the third quar­ter and then hold out for victory in the fi­nal quar­ter.

Con­sid­er­ing that the Ire­land team was bristling with foot­ball tal­ent from many of the top coun­ties, in­clud­ing Al­lIre­land cham­pi­ons Ty­rone, Leighton Glynn’s dis­play was truly awe­some and he cer­tainly did his club Rath­new and Wick­low proud.

He is the first player from Wick­low to be cho­sen to play for Ire­land since the days Kevin O’Brien and Aughrim’s Pat O’Byrne, who also did the county proud when they par­tic­i­pated.

Leighton’s siz­zling dis­play for Ire­land last week­end did not come as a big sur­prise to Wick­low peo­ple as they have been used to him star­ring for club and county in re­cent years.

For in­stance he won player of the month awards in each of the last two years and turned in an in­spi­ra­tional dis­play for Wick­low’s county team in their de­feat of Kil­dare in this year’s Le­in­ster cham­pi­onship.

Sim­i­lar per­for­mances marked Leighton’s per­for­mance against Louth in the three games in last year’s Le­in­ster cham­pi­onship; he had a hand in the goal that won the Tommy Mur­phy Cup fi­nal in 2007; and the only sur­prise was that he did not get All­Star recog­ni­tion last year.

His star as an in­ter­county foot­baller has risen par­tic­u­larly since the ar­rival of Mick O’Dwyer in Wick­low as county team man­ager and at the week­end he gave a lot of the credit to the Kerry mae­stro for his out­stand­ing per­for­mance for Ire­land in Aus­tralia.

‘Micko rang me,’ Glynn is re­ported as say­ing. ‘He wished me the best and told me to get stuck in. ‘And I car­ried out Micko’s or­ders to a tee’.

Hav­ing spent most of the game on the field of play, Leighton Glynn proved to be a very ef­fec­tive ball car­rier, set­ting up his col­leagues for vi­tal scores at cru­cial stages of the game.

Dur­ing his first week­end in Perth, Leighton was taken to din­ner twice by two for­mer Rath­new foot­ballers, Clif­ford Dowl­ing and Ge­orgie Duffy.

Ge­orgie Duffy is mar­ried and liv­ing in Perth while Clif­ford Dowl­ing, the owner of the Leitrim Lounge in Wick­low town, has been on hol­i­day in Perth with friends.

In their play­ing days, Ge­orgie and Clif­ford were part of Pat Mitchell’s all-con­quer­ing U-14 team of 1982 and his U-16 team of 1984.

Leighton Glynn scor­ing Ire­land’s open­ing goal against Aus­tralia.

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