Sides must meet again after titanic hurling final
Glenealy will have Glynn back for replay against Carnew
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.