The Great Escape – Under 16s reach League Final – Glanmire Football Club
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The Great Escape – Under 16s reach League Final

Glanmire hosted Canovee in the East League Divisional semi-final in Sallybrook on Monday night. It was a game that had it all, last minute equaliser, extra time, red card, black cards and yellow.

At this stage everybody can probably guess how I start off this report!! Glanmire as per usual got off to a slow start and were in big danger of being overrun by Canovee. 20 minutes into the game Canovee were leading by 0 8 to 0 0. Slowly but surely the Glanmire defence battened down the hatches and kept Canovee scoreless for this crucial quarter. Daniel Hogans tireless efforts finally resulted in Glanmire getting on the scoreboard with 2 quick points. Nathan O Connell kept Glanmire in the game with crucial saves at this stage and the turn in fortunes continued with Fionn Barry scoring a goal just before half-time.
Glanmire made 4 changes at half time and these proved to be beneficial as Brian Lagrue, James Crowley Cian Murray  and Jake Bowen in the attack became a handful for Canovee. Mickey Funchion was his usual busy self mopping up every loose ball and Mark Guinnane imposed himself in the attack as Glanmire gained parity. But Canovee never gave up and fought back to gain a 3 point lead in the dying minutes with a goal. But Glanmire now down to 14 men with a sending off showed their fighting spirit and pinned Canovee back in defence and with the last kick of the game James Crowley scored the equaliser to bring it to extra time.
In extra time Glanmire dominated and were now picking up scores as Canovee understandably were deflated. The defence were rock solid at this stage and Glanmire finished the game with goals running out worthy winners on a scoreline of 5 13 to 2 12 .
Man of the match undoubtedly falls to Daniel Hogan who was outstanding and left absolutely everything out on the pitch . There were also fine performances from Mickey Funchion, James Crowley, Brian Lagrue Jake Bowen James Gibson and Danny O Flynn. All the lads gave it their all and now have the potential to do a double with a league final v Ballinora to come .

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