Glenville GAA Club News

09 December, 2013


Eventhough we are only a few weeks away from xmas the activity this week was again very busy with Sunday featuring two great wins for the club. The adult season concluded with the Junior C final  great win over Lisgoold while the U16 team qualifed for the County Premier 2 FL Final with a great win over Clonakilty. The lotto still remained in tack and is now up to €3700. While the AGM is now fixed for Dec 11th in the new hall behind the church.

East CorkJunior C Football Final
Glenville 5-8 Lisgoold 2-8

Last year these two sides met in the Final again in rain soaked Ballynoe as Glenville were beaten with an injury time point but this time in perfect conditions for football in Castlelyons Glenville turned the screw and dug out a great win showing massive effort and resolve along the way. In a tough close fought first half Glenville started well with a John o Connell point. James Dorgan followed but Lisgoold leveled things up two two minors of their own. When Pips o Connell latched onto a breaking ball and burried a great goal we followed with a Joe Colloty point things looked good as we led 1-4 to 0-3 . A defensive mistake gifted Lisgoold a goal and at half time going in level 1-4 apiece it was anyones game. Lisgoold took complete control at the early stage of the second half and after 40 minutes played had opened up a four point lead and looked odds on for victory but thats when the desire of the Glenville side began to tell and another goal from Pips brought us back to within a point. At this stage the fresh legs introduced began to give us extra pace in the forward line and the likes of Niall Griffin and Colm Fenton making immediate impact. The two 17 year olds scored 1-3 from play between them immediately after entering the fray and contributed superbly. Two other 17 year olds Denis o Farrell and Aaron Ricken made telling contributions but the cuteness and wily old heads like the experienced captain John o Keeffe Paud o Neill Joe Culloty John o Connell and Kevin o Donovan were vital in closing out the game. One cant only mention the superb display of top drawer finishing of Pips o Connell who struck the net on four occasions and i wonder any statiticians out there when was the last man to score four goals in an adult championship football final ?? Two late goals sealed a great victory and gave us breathing space.This Glenville team become the first team from the club to win a championship with its third string selection which is an outstanding achievement and an indicater of the great work done in keeping players playing and using it as an introduction to blooding new up and coming players into the adult circle. Captain John o Keeffe who has given trojan service through many decades thanked everyone involved for the outstanding commitment throughout the year, and with close to 60 players playing Premier Intermediate Junior A and Junior C this year,this wouldnt be possible without the nessessry dedicated commitment from so many people involved. Well done to lisgoold who put up a brave fight as the game was on a knief edge up until the two late Glenville goals. Incidently three of Sundays team John o Keeffe JJ Kearney and Paud o Neill 18 years ago to the day Nov 26th 1995 were leading lights in Glenvilles County Junior A Football championship victory. Im sure theyll cherish this medal just as highly.

U16 County P2 semi final v Clonakilty
Glenville 1-13 Clonakilty 1-12

Sunday morning this team travelled to Brinny to take on Clonakilty in the semi final of the County Premier 2 FL. Glenville with the tighest of panels managed to scrape the bare 15 and took to the field in more hope than confidence. Glenville battled away and at half time trailed 1-9 to 0-3 Clonakilty scored the opening point of the second half and look set to deliver the mother and father of all throuncings out. Clonakilty were reduced to 14 when their centre back struck out and from then on Glenville took complete control and played like men possessed. Chipping away at the lead Glenville through Josh Cooke got a fortunate goal which brought the lead down from 1-10 to 0-3 to 1-10 to 1-6 and we still had 15 mins to play and the momentum firmly on our side. With Clon getting more and more frustrated Glenville kept chipping with points from Aaron Collins Cathal Maloney and Josh Cooke the lead was whittled away. Dilan o Donovan levelling with three mins to play. Clonakilty on a rare surge up field regained the lead but Glenville through Denis Hegarty kicked a super score. Josh Cooke kicked the winning point from the kickout and unbelieveably we were a point ahead. From the kickout the final whistle blew and we are through to the County Final which is a massive result and turnaround. Ahan Gaels are in the Final and this will be a tough ask for our side against this strong amalgimated West Cork side.