Rovers progress to JAFC fi­nal

Irish Examiner - County - - Sport - Derek Kiely

Glen­bower Rovers 0-7 Lis­goold 0-4

GLEN­BOWER Rovers will play Erin’s Own in the Michael O’Con­nor Mo­tor Fac­tors-spon­sored East Cork JAFC fi­nal, for the Jim Ryan Cup. They beat Lis­goold in the semi-fi­nal in Rostel­lan.

In a low-scor­ing first-half, Glen­bower Rovers dom­i­nated, but should have had a few more scores.

Their open­ing point was kicked over by Johnny O’Con­nor, from play.

It took a fur­ther eight min­utes for the Kil­leagh men to reg­is­ter their next score, from a Kieran Lane free, fol­low­ing three very score­able chances and two missed frees.

Glen­bower added an­other, placed-ball score from Lane in the 13th minute, but, at this stage, Lis­goold were start­ing to get into the game.

Ciaran O’Shea scored a point for Lis­goold in the first quar­ter and the game then turned a lit­tle nig­gly, with yel­low cards be­ing dished out at a tremen­dous rate, de­spite the fact that it was a tough, but not dirty match.

Glen­bower Rovers fin­ished the half with a very well-taken point from play, from the boot of Matthew Mur­phy, and they led by three points at half­time.

On the re­sump­tion, it was a com­plete turn­around. Lis­goold started to come alive and two se­cond-half John Cash­man frees, in the open­ing ten min­utes, brought the Glen­bower lead down to the bare min­i­mum.

At this stage, Lis­goold had Glen­bower in all sorts of trou­ble, but couldn’t de­liver the killer blow and, even­tu­ally, Rovers broke and Sean Long sent over the ball from a free. With 12 min­utes to go, Cash­man replied with an­other mon­ster free and, again, Lis­goold looked like push­ing on in the game, but Glen­bower Rovers never pan­icked.

In yet an­other counter-at­tack break, Long was on tar­get with an­other free, 15 me­tres out, and Lis­goold had to throw cau­tion to the wind.

Rovers again pun­ished them on the counter-at­tack, with a score from Long in in­jury time, to lead by a goal, and that is how it fin­ished. Scor­ers for Glen­bower Rovers: S Long 0-3, Kieran Lane 0-2 f, M Mur­phy, J O’Con­nor 0-1 each.

Lis­goold: J Cash­man 0-3 (0-2 f), C O’Shea 0-1.

GLEN­BOWER ROVERS: S Scully; A Mor­ri­son, A Keniry, M Fitzger­ald; S Mur­phy, C Fog­a­rty, J Dul­lea; K Lane, G Collins; C O’Brien, D O’Brien, P O’Neill; M Mur­phy, S Long, J O’Con­nor. Subs: P O’Brien for J O’Con­nor (h-t), D Matthews for P O’Neill (48).

LIS­GOOLD: C Cronin; C Healy, B Flynn, C O’Shea; M O’Connell, K Cash­man, C Scan­nell; L Stack, N Con­nery, P Leahy; C O’Shea, J Cash­man, P O’Ma­hony.

Subs: A O’Dono­van for C Healy (47), J O’Connell for P Leahy (53).

Ref­eree: Brian Walsh (Aghada)

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