Glynn the star man for Ireland
INTERNATIONAL RULES WICKLOW PLAYER SHINES
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.