A polished start which delivered a glut of scores did the trick helped Glenmore get their intermediate hurling league campaign off to winning ways.
A first half in which they shone about the pitch, rattling off 1-8 for their troubles, did a lot of the legwork as they got the better of Dunnamaggin in their group opener at Mooncoin on Friday.
In truth, at one stage things looked grim for
That goal was quickly followed by more scores, as
The last quarter was completely at odds to how Dunnamaggin had performed in the early stages. They did have a chance to storm into an early lead when John Fitzpatrick saw his bustling run ended with an illegal challenge in the square.
Bill McCormack stepped up to take the penalty, drilling the sliotar towards the bottom left corner, but David Aylward made a superb save to turn the ball to safety.
The save did more than
Shane Murphy was the architect, showing incredible skill to kill David Aylward’s clearance on his hurley and, in one fluid motion, take the sliotar down and set Eoin Aylward free.
That goal was followed by a string of Glenmore points, the pick of which saw Alan Murphy and Eoin Aylward team up to work the ball back to Emmett Vereker, who confidently swept it over the bar from distance.
Dunnamaggin were reeling. Before the goal, they had been a point behind. Now, 12 minutes later, they trailed by nine (1-8 to 0-2). They did pull a point back before the break, John Fitzpatrick ending a 14-minute barren spell with a fine score, but they looked well out of the race at half-time (1-8 to 0-3).
Stung into action,
Dunnamaggin were growing in confidence, picking off points through the pacy Michael Cody and hard-working Victor Costello, but anything they could do so too did Glenmore.
They remained unruffled and in front, Shane Doherty highlighting his side’s confidence when he coolly picked off a 51st minute free from well inside his own half.
The mood changed a little when Dunnamaggin finally found their scoring touch late on. Glenmore
It may have been just one point, but it was enough to check
SCORERS: Glenmore – Alan Murphy (0-7, 0-5 frees, 0-1 65); Eoin Aylward (1-1); Eoin Murphy (0-3); Emmett Vereker, Shane Murphy, James Aylward, Shane Doherty (0-1 each).Dunnamaggin – Ronan Coffey (1-1);
Glenmore – David Aylward; Sean Duggan, Mark Phelan, James Aylward
Dunnamaggin – Mark Dowling; Paddy Delaney, Noel Hickey, Mark Heffernan; Aaron Doherty, Willie Phelan, Michael Cody; Victor Costello, Eoin Kearney; Tommy Maher, Darren Fitzpatrick, Kieran Bergin; Bill McCormack, Canice Hickey, John Fitzpatrick. Subs: Brian Farrell for Maher, 39 mins; Ronan Coffey for Bergin, 39 mins;
Referee – Eddie Crowley (Mooncoin).