Breska Rovers B 2 - 4 Glin Rovers B
Glin started the game very lively after a break of 6 weeks. A few long range efforts from Ollie and Connor were off target. On 15 mins great pressure by Ed Mulvihill on the keeper made the keepers attempted clearance hit his own defender and into the back of the net for a very fortunate goal. Glin upped the tempo for for the next 15 minutes after this goal and deservedly doubled the lead on the half hour mark through a Johnny O’Sullivan penalty after Johnny himself was fouled by the keeper. After this Breska to their credit took the game to glin and deservedly got a goal back just before half time. Glin started the 2nd half on the front foot and got the opportunity to get a 3rd goal, Johnny again being fouled for a penalty but unfortunately his strike hit the post with the penalty. Glin remained in control and on the hour mark a bandaged Ollie (cut head from clash of heads just before half time) scored our 3rd from a bullet of a header from 10 yards into the top corner. Not long after a pin point through ball from Connor Shine with the outside of his boot sent Johnny in one and one and he chipped the advancing keeper to make it 4-1. Shortly afterwards Shane gave away a soft penalty but to his credit made a fantastic full stretch save down low to his right, unfortunately Breska were first to the rebound and made it 4-2. Glin finished out the game very well and held on for a valuable 3 points.
Team: Shane o sullivan, Stephen Barrett, Bernard Dalton, Aidan Mulvihill, Joe Stack, Ed Mulvihill, Ollie Wallace, Connor Shine, Ronan Culhane, Kieran McMahon, Johnny O’Sullivan Subs: Joe Martin for Ronan Culhane, Paraic O’Connor for Ed Mulvihill, Eoin Wolfe for Kieran McMahon and Dara McKenna for Ollie Wallace.
Desmond League Premier Division
Glin Rovers 3 – 2 Newcastle West Town
Glin’s fightback moves them 3 points clear at the top.
Quite a battle played out in Glin Sunday morning when NCW deservedly doubled their lead minutes before half time to be cruelly denied by an OG 15mins from time to leave Glin without a result. NCW set the tempo straight from the start and moved the ball around the park with some good passages of play. Early dominance was rewarded by a 10 minute goal with a neat low finish. Glin tried to attack NCW down the flanks but many a time across the 90mins the away side gave away freekicks to prevent Glin from building attacks to the frustration of the home players. NCW continued to create decent chances and Stack got down low to deflect a shot around his left post. Another effort from the away side was inches from dropping under the crossbar with NCW controlling the game early. Glin weathered the storm and were rewarded a freekick which didn’t inflict any danger on the NCW goal but led to two corners with the away keeper saving a header from the second to see clear of the danger. NCW continued their dominance ending the half with Brian O Donovan blocking a goal bound effort. The away side doubled their lead with less than 5mins left in the opening half with a well taken strike with no one arguing their 2 nil lead. However 2mins later Glin gave themselves a less of a mountain to climb facing the second period. A truly inch perfect floating ball from Gary Culhane was picked up by Martin McSweeney who did very well to bring Tommy Culhane into the attack, Tommy’s first effort on goal was blocked by the NCW centre half, he didn’t make any mistake with his second bite of the cherry by smashing his shot at the underside of the crossbar and into the net.
Glin upped their performance in the second half and denied NCW from getting a foothold in the game like they did in the opening period. They found themselves level when 55mins had elapsed when they were rewarded a free kick out the right side. Another perfectly in swinging cross from Gary Culhane was heroically met by his elder brother who somehow managed to powerfully head the ball across the goal and into the bottom corner. Tadgh fell awkwardly in the act of scoring but the warrior he is he played through the pain barrier for the remaining 35mins. NCW began to spread the ball around the park but couldn’t manifest the chances they were creating in the first half. This was down to the defence growing in confidence with Brian, Tadgh, Gary Kelly and Christy defending brilliantly. The home side were putting some good passages together which were being led by Gary, Tommy, Darren and Shane around the middle of the park. Martin and Zach ran themselves into the ground and worked very hard up front. The fresh legs of Gerald brought a new outlet up front, minutes from his introduction he found himself in a race with the keeper but the away side’s keeper just managed to deflect the ball away. He once again found himself inches from gaining Glin the lead when his knock on from a corner was pushed over the bar by the NCW defender. From the resulting corner the NCW midfielder who was very solid in the air throughout the game cruelly headed the ball into the back of his own net. The lead was handed to Glin with over 15mins to play. Ger Riordan came close with another half effort minutes later. With Glin defending their lead NCW were given a final straw with a freekick outside the D, the blocked effort was directed for a corner which was cleared by the home side to the sound of the final whistle. Glin deserve huge credit for battling back to claim all 3 points when on two occasions last season NCW denied them results from late goals. The lads should be very happy with the win and credit to the management for building a good squad with the quality they can introduce to gain results.
Team: Mike Stack, Brian ODonovan, Tadgh Culhane, Gary Kelly, Christy McSweeney, Gary, Tommy & Shane Culhane, Darren Sheahan, Martin McSweeney & Zach Behane.
Subs: Gerald O’Sullivan for Zach, Ger Riordan for Martin, Edmond Horan for Shane, Colin Enright, Jamie Fitzgerald, Cian Culhane, Kevin Sweeney, Johnny O’Sullivan & Seanie Lynch.
A special Challenge game is being organised by Shane Culhane which will take place at our pitch on St Stephens Day 2019. The game itself is a fundraiser for PIETA House and will feature the Current Glin Rovers Players against a selection of " Golden Oldies" and players from the 2009 Desmond Cup winning team.
Glin Rovers FC would like to offer its sympathies to the McMahon Family on the recent passing of Ned McMahon. May he Rest in Peace.
Congratulations to Karl O Sullivan who has just signed for Finn Harps. Best of luck in Ballybofey Karl.