Sides must meet again af­ter ti­tanic hurl­ing fi­nal

Glenealy will have Glynn back for re­play against Carnew

Bray People - - Sport - Mark KENNEDY

DE­FEND­ING CHAM­PI­ONS Glenealy and chal­lengers Carnew must meet again to de­cide who will be the Se­nior hurl­ing cham­pi­ons for 2008.

Last Sun­day’s fi­nal ended in a draw af­ter a ti­tanic hurl­ing strug­gle be­tween th­ese teams who have been the dom­i­nant forces on the Se­nior hurl­ing scene in the county this decade.

Ex­changes were ex­tremely tight and hard fought all the way through and it took a pres­sure point from a free by Glenealy’s mid­fielder Jonathan O’Neill to save the day for the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons.

Ear­lier it had looked as if Carnew, who had al­ready won the league ti­tle, would pre­vail when they opened up a five-point gap at the three quar­ter stage, but Glenealy came storm­ing back in the clos­ing fif­teen min­utes to put the fi­nal to a re­play.

There was no quar­ter asked or given by ei­ther side through­out last Sun­day’s match – best typ­i­fied by a crunch­ing shoul­der by Carnew’s Der­mot Do­ran on Glenealy’s ca­reer­ing full-for­ward An­thony Driver that pre­vented what would have been a decisive goal late in the game – and hope­fully we will have a reprise of such high oc­tane ex­changes in the re­match.

Un­der in­tense pres­sure from both camps af­ter last Sun­day’s draw, Mick Ha­gan went onto con­clave with his fix­tures peo­ple im­me­di­ately af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle and de­cided that the re­play will take place on Satur­day week, Novem­ber 8, at Aughrim.

This means that Glenealy will most likely have Leighton Glynn for the re­play as he is due home from Aus­tralia dur­ing next week.

Un­less a post­pone­ment is sought and granted, the newly crowned cham­pi­ons will be due to play in the Le­in­ster Club In­ter­me­di­ate cham­pi­onship the next day af­ter the county fi­nal re­play.

Carnew's Wil­lie Collins has eyes only for the ball dur­ing the Se­nior hurl­ing cham­pi­onship fi­nal against Glenealy in Aughrim on Sun­day.

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