Castlewellan hammer Glenn in Down Division One clash

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

GLENN'S trip to Castlewellan on a wet Friday night is one they will want to forget, writes John Cookston.

GLENN ...0-14

Right from the start the home side meant business and they never allowed Glenn to settle, they turned on the style from the word go and any chance of the visitors got was few and far between.

Towards the end of the second half Glenn did hit six points on the trot, but at that stage it wasn't going to make much of a difference giving Castlewellan their biggest win so far and six victories out of six.

Glenn were missing Niall McParland while Castlewellan were short a few of their regulars, Castlewellan were three points up inside the first five minutes, two from Daniel Morgan and the other by Sean Dornan.

Ronan Millar sat Glenn's opener from a free before Kevin Duffin fired one over of the top of the cross-bar. A foul on Jack McCartan saw Ronan Millar kick over another free, but from there on it was all one-way traffic, a good solo effort from Daniel Morgan was followed by a good score from Luke Toner, Daniel Morgan added one from a free before Sean Dornan scored from play.

In the 18th minute a mix-up in the Glenn Box let in Rory Burns for their first goal.

Following a Sean Dornan cross, goal keeper Michael Cunningham converted 45 before Sean Dornan set up Jason Croskery for their second goal.

Damien McGrady kicked over a point putting them fourteen ahead, Glenn did make a spirited comeback, Shay Millar finished off a good move with a nice score as he then crossed the ball to Jack McCartan but home keeper Michael Cunningham saved well.

Mattie Bagnall scored from a free, Cathal Crilly got on the score sheet when he pointed from play following a coupled 1-2s with Kevin Duffin, Dylan Bagnall got another Glenn minor but Castlewellan finished the half with two Daniel Morgan scores from frees leaving the score at the break.

Castlewellan ...2-13
Glenn ...0-5

Castlewellan continued the onslaught straight from the whistle, sandwiched between two Daniel Morgan frees came a penalty following a foul on Sean Dornan.

Kevin Duffin took the kick, it came back off the post but he gathered the rebound and drove it to the net. In the 35th minute they got their fourth goal when Damien McGrady put Cathal Crilly clear and his shout found the back of the net.

Mattie Bagnall and Daniel Morgan swapped frees before Michael Cunningham in the Castlewellan net made a super save stopping a certain Shay Millar goal.

Ronan Millar tapped over another Glenn free before Liam McKibben finished off a Castlewellan move with a good score, and another good home move saw sub Gareth McKibben get clear only for Glenn keeper John O'Hare's touch that tipped the ball onto the bar before getting it clean, a foul on Jason Croskery saw Daniel Morgan knock over his eighth free.

Glenn took control for the next eight or nine minutes with Ronan Millar sending over five nice scores, four frees and the other from play before Jack McCartan set up sub Joe Sands for another, but Castlewellan were not finished and when subs Gareth McKibben and Aidan Garland combined well, Jason Croskery was in the right place to finish the ball to the back of the net. Ronan Millar pointed another Glenn free just before the end leaving nineteen points between them.

All Glenn can do is go back and prepare themselves for their next game. There are no division one fixtures next Friday, the following week see's Glenn travel to Mayobridge while Castlewellan hosts to An Riocht.

GLENN: John O'Hare, Conor Cranney, Declan Murtagh, Tiernan O'Brien, Kevin Rice, Denis Murtagh, Stevie Clarke, Michael Turley, Cormac Clarke, Ronan Millar (0-9), Mattie Bagnall (0-2), Shay Millar (0-1), Dylan Bagnall (0-1), Tiernan Byrne, Jack McCartan.

Subs used: James Friel, Joe Sands (0-1).

CASTLEWELLAN: Michael Cunningham (0-1), Fearghal McLoughlin, Ruairi McArdle, Keelan Burns, Daniel Morgan (0-10), Barry Travers, Colm Flanaghan, Luke Toner (0-1), Kevin Duffin (1-1), Damien McGrady (0-1), Cathal Crilly (1-1), Rory Burns (1-0), Liam McKibben (0-1), Jason Croskery (2-0), Sean Dornan (0-2)

Subs used: Joe McNeill, Brennan McComiskey, Gareth McKibben, Adam Garland, William Og McCauley Referee: Con Reynold (Saul).


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