This intermediate hurling league game in Kilmacow on Sunday midday was all about self-esteem, bragging rights and personal pride in one’s place as both were out of the running for honours, writes Barrie Henriques.
There was a good crowd to witness the action, and they were not disappointed. It was a good, engaging contest between two well prepared outfits.
I was of the opinion that Glenmore would win with more to spare, but how wrong I was. Maybe Glenmore were of a similar disposition pre-match, but once the game had settled, such opinions was rendered futile. Intense parish rivalry can be a great leveller!
Defences were generally dominant. Shane Doherty, Mark Phelan and Fergal Freyne played with great co-ordination on the Glenmore full-back line. The Tullogher full-back line had the luxury of a superb half-back trio in front of them. You could count the number of balls that arrived in their manor.
In Pat Hartley at No. 6 Tullogher had a hurling colossus. He was a giant, with no master. It was the best single display I have seen from any hurler in any grade for a long number of days.
Free taking was central to the progress of both. Cian O’Donoghue slotted nine over for Tullogher. Alan Murphy - remember the display against Waterford in Croke Park? - was equally efficient. Walter Walsh tried as hard as he could, but he was well policed, often by two or three markers.
There were near goal misses on both sides during the first half, and Tullogher suffered more frequently than their opponents.
Brendan Lawlor was busy in the first half for Tullogher. He bagged three points from midfield. Cian O’Donoghue collared four from frees, while Walter Walsh got one of their first half haul of eight. Alan Murphy shot four of his side’s points from frees, adding one from play.
Ger Aylward got a couple, while Mark Phelan got a lone point from play. It was 0-8 each at the break.
The second half panned out in similar fashion. Glenmore. A well-worked Glenmore attack resulted in Alan Murphy slamming home the only goal of the game. Tullogher engineered two great chances of majors, but shunned both.
There were 10 scores from frees recorded during the frantic second half. Tullogher nearly deserved a share of the bragging rights.
Scorers: Glenmore - Alan Murphy (1-11, eight frees, one 65); Ger Aylward (0-2): Mark Aylward (0-1). Tullogher-Rosbercon - Cian O’Donoghue (0-9, frees); Brendan Lawlor (0-3); Walter Walsh (0-2).
Glenmore - Davy Aylward, Shane Doherty, Fergal Freyne, Mark Phelan, Philip Roche, John Cody, Colm Foran, Ciarán Foran, Colm Doherty, Alan Murphy, Eoin Murphy, Michael Phelan, Ger Aylward, Mark Aylward, Liam Hennessy. Sub - Emmett Vereker for M. Phelan.
Tullogher Rosbercon - Martin Roche, John Hartley, John Grennan, Sean Murray, Anthony Cottrell, Pat Hartley, Donnacha O’Connor, Brendan Lawlor, Richie Dollard, Walter Walsh, John Cottrell, Moling Cottrell, Cian O’Donoghue, Edmund Cullinane, John Barron. Sub - Eoin Mullally for E. Cullinane.
Referee - Domo Connolly (Mooncoin).