Glyde and Roche serve up cracker

Glyde Rangers Roche Em­mets 4-7 3-10

Drogheda Independent - - SPORT -

ON a cold evening in Tal­lanstown, Glyde and Roche served up a cracker to warm the spec­ta­tors, with honours even at the fi­nal whis­tle.

At a pace more akin to July cham­pi­onship fare, the two sides went toe-to-toe, with Roche’s cor­ner for­ward Barry O’Hare show­ing he had ice in his veins to con­vert a 35-me­tre free with the last kick of the game to level the match.

Glyde will prob­a­bly be the more up­set with the re­sult as they dom­i­nated mid­field through David De­vaney and Ciaran Sheri­dan, but some way­ward shoot­ing cost them the game.

It took five min­utes be­fore the first score came from the foot of Trevor O’Brien af­ter Glyde had kicked five wides. Roche, how­ever, scored their first goal four min­utes later through Kevin Cal­laghan fol­low­ing a blis­ter­ing run. O’Hare added a sec­ond three min­utes later fol­low­ing a mix-up in the Glyde de­fence.

The home side stuck to their task and their dom­i­nance in the pos­ses­sion stakes gave them their own two-goal blitz in the 23rd and 24th min­utes from O’Brien and Aaron Devlin.

O’Brien added his sec­ond and Glyde’s third just be­fore half-time, latch­ing on to a sweet long pass from Conor Sheri­dan to leave Glyde ahead by 3-5 to 2-4 at half-time.

Scores were hard to come by in the sec­ond half as the tack­ling and the in­ten­sity reached fever pitch from both teams.

Roche were how­ever pick­ing off their scores from what lim­ited at­tacks they had, and with O’Hare and Cal­laghan both pitch­ing in with frees they hauled back Glyde.

Roche at­tacker Enda Mur­phy was handed a black card for a rash challenge on Conor Sheri­dan, but de­spite los­ing their tal­ented play­maker they con­tin­ued to build and Niall McAr­dle found the net to put Roche ahead by two points. Ev­ery challenge was now a mas­sive con­test, but Roche’s cause was not helped when sub Ciaran Sav­age was dis­missed.

Glyde fi­nally found some space and when Conor Sheri­dan was dragged down in the square Ciaran Sheri­dan stepped up to con­vert the penalty and put Glyde ahead by two points with five min­utes left.

Glyde tried to fin­ish off the game but were con­stantly thwarted by a solid Roche de­fence led by Harry O’Con­nell, and in the end it came down to two con­verted frees from O’Hare to level the game.

There were some fine dis­plays on both sides, with Glyde’s Niall Sharkey and Mark O’Brien and Roche’s Robert Mackin and Cathal Byrne im­press­ing. ST KEVIN’S got their Div­sion 3 cam­paign off to the best pos­si­ble start when they recorded a 12-point win over John Mitchel’s at Philip­stown on Satur­day evening.

The reign­ing Ju­nior cham­pi­ons are among the favourites for the Di­vi­sion 3 ti­tle this year and they turned in an im­pres­sive dis­play to se­cure both points.

It was the vis­i­tors who got off to the bet­ter start and their bright open­ing was re­warded when they built up a 0-4 to 0-2 lead in­side the first quar­ter.

How­ever, the Kevin’s stepped up a gear and a goal from Darren McMullen helped them to take a 1-8 to 0-4 lead by the 20th minute. And with Lee Cros­bie kick­ing some nice points, they in­creased the ad­van­tage at the break to 1-11 to 0-6.

The Mitchel’s needed a good start to the sec­ond half to give them­selves any hope of res­cu­ing the game, but it wasn’t to be as a goal from Paul Duff straight from the restart saw them fall 11 points be­hind.

The re­sult was never in doubt af­ter that score, but the Mitchel’s con­tin­ued to bat­tle un­til the end and gained some con­so­la­tion through a Mikey Nulty goal.

The Kevin’s sealed vic­tory when Lee Cros­bie fired in a third goal to bring his per­sonal tally to 1-6 for the night.

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