Glin Rovers A ensured premiership status for next season with a fine 3-0 victory over NCW Rovers A at clonreask last sunday morning.
Glin Rovers 3 Newcastlewest Rovers 0
“SURVIVAL SUNDAY WIN FOR GLIN”
It was a great result for Glin with our Junior A team winning against NCW Rovers at Clounreask in their relegation playoff tie. Glin started the brighter as Tadgh sent a long ball over the top to Barclay, who forced a great save from the keeper. Jack Fitz was very influential on the right wing as he seen alot of ball throughout the game. Jack sent in a dangerous cross, tommy flicked it onto Christy who’s shot was just blocked en route to goal. Mark and his brother Shane were working tremendously on the left wing linking up several times to create numerous chances. A long throw by Mark found Tommy in the box and forced another wonderful save from the NCW Rovers Custodian. It was half an hour into the game when NCW Rovers had their first chance of the game as their striker just shot wide of Stack’s post. NCW Rovers received a corner shortly after as Tadgh cleared the danger. Edmund along with his centre field partner Sweeney were battling hard in the middle of the park winning headers and tackles that helped out the team immensely. Barclay was full of running often threatened the Rovers defence with his blistering pace. On the stroke of half time, Glin were rewarded a free which was dangerously whipped in by Mark, Ed rose highest but couldn’t steer his effort on target. The ref sounded the half time whistle straight after.
The second half was a more even contest with NCW Rovers really testing Glin’s defence of Christy McSweeney, Brian Donovan, Tadgh and Mark Culhane but they were well organised and stood strong in challenge. 15 minutes into the second half Glin made their first sub John Kelliher on for the hard working Barclay Costello. Glin were always going in search of that goal they so badly needed in order to secure safety but NCW Rovers nearly caught Glin on the counter attack twice in the space of five minutes but Stack was on top of his game and pulled off fine saves to keep his clean sheet intact. With only 20 minutes remaining and the deadlock still not broken Glin had to throw the kitchen sink at it. Sean Mulvihill was next to enter the fray on the left wing for Shane Culhane as he worked hard all day. Chances were few and far between and it seemed it was going to take something special to break the deadlock and so it proved. Glin got that break when a long ball over the top was met by Ed who was fouled inside the box. The ref pointed to the penalty spot which Tommy stood up to it and sent his effort into the bottom left hand corner of the net. This settled any remaining nerves as Glin were now in the driving seat. One-nil was always a tricky lead as there was always the fear that one mistake would change the match, but we seemed to be in control of the game as NCW Rovers seemed to run out of ideas. With only five minutes remaining we doubled our lead. Kelliher flicked it onto the in-coming Sean Mulvihill who powerful header finished into the top corner. This goal really seem to kill the game as we were approaching the end of normal time. Glin really finished the game off in style as neat interlink play from Tommy found Kelliher’s run into the box and cooly despatched his effort into the bottom corner. There was seven minutes additional time added on as Glin used their third and final sub Oliver Wallace was sent on to kill off the game and time but no chances arose. Eventually the full time whistle sounded and we came out on top as worthy winners to continue our run in the Premier Division. Team:Micheal Stack, Christy McSweeney, Brian Donovan, Tadgh and Mark Culhane, Jack Fitz, Ed Horan, Micheal Sweeney, Shane Culhane, Tommy Culhane and Barclay Costello. Subs:John Kelliher for Barclay Costello (60mins), Sean Mulvihill for Shane Culhane (70mins), and Oliver Wallace for John Kelliher (95mins) Unused Subs:Jack Costello and Ollie Mulvihill. On behalf of the club I would like to thank the managers of Shane Culhane, Mike Mcloughlin, John Fitzgerald and Pa McMahon on thier tremendous and hard work all year with this team.
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