Cloyne: D. Og Cusack; B. Fleming; E. O’Sullivan; B. McCarthy; D. Jermyn (C. O’Lomasney); K. Cronin; Diarmuid O’Sullivan (1-1; 0-1f); Donal O’Sullivan; J. Nyhan (K. Dennehy); D. Cahill (0-1); C. O’Sullivan (0-1); C. Cusack (0-1); C. Smyth (1-1); P. O’Sullivan (0-7; 0-5f); M. Walsh (1-0).
Glen Rovers: D. Hourihan; S. Kennefick; B. Murphy; G. Moylan; G. Callanan; B. Moylan; A. Dunlea; S. McDonnell (0-1); D. O’Callaghan; D. Brosnan (0-1); D. Goggin; D. Cunningham; E. Cronin (D. Cronin); P. Horgan (1-12; 1-7f); R. Whitty (1-0; B. Hackett).
The shock of the championship occured on Sunday night as Cloyne overturned last year’s finalists and one of the competition’s out-right favourites in The Glen. Despite being ahead for the vast majority of the game – even leading by eight points at one stage – the Glen’s lack of mental strength ensured a determined Cloyne comeback gave them an unlikely victory. Even though The Glen probably have the most skillful hurlers their performance was below par, ragged and stunk of complacency – in contrast, Cloyne showed considerable self-belief and physically bullied and rattled The Glen in the second half. Even though this was a tense match, the standard was again pretty bad, a slow match with few decent passages of play even taking into account the heavy conditions.
For Cloyne, Padraig O’Sullivan typically stood out as the target man in the Cloyne attack, effectively winning ball in front of his man throughout, laying off nice ball to the men around him and being clinical from deadball situations. Elsewhere, Micheal Walsh took his goal very well, Chris Smyth was excellent with the couple of scoring chances that came his way and Diarmuid O’Sullivan popped up at the important time to get the game winning score. In general this was a solid, hard-working performance from Cloyne throughout the pitch – they effectively limited their opponent’s goal chances whilst taking three of their ow and gained momentum in the second half by strangling off the supply into Patrick Horgan.
For The Glen, Patrick Horgan was again the MOTM, practically unmarkable until the supply of ball began to slow in the second half. Elsewhere, Whitty took his goal well and Moylan was solid at corner-back. By and large though, The Glen’s best players didn’t perform – Callinan had little impact at half-back, the midfield of O’Callaghan and McDonnell failed to get going until the closing ten minutes while The Glen completely struggled to get Dean Brosnan the ball in space. Moreover, besides Whitty’s chance, The Glen had no proper goal threat, and failed to get the ball into Patrick Horgan’s hand ten yard within Donal Og. Finally, the decision to start McDonnell midfield rather then full-back in hindsight probably cost them the game considering the Glen’s full-back line again conceeded soft goals (like they did against Na Piarsigh last year for example). All in all though this was a game that Cloyne won and the Glen lost through nerve and mental strength.