Glenravel come out on top of fiery affair on the Glen Road

Casement SC JHC Group 2

St Teresa’s 1-14   Glenravel 2-18

Photographs: Bert Trowlen

Con Magees, Glenravel emerged victorious in this Casement Social Club, Junior Hurling Championship played in glorious conditions on the Glen Road, West Belfast. Referree Rob Lappin had to consult his umpires on more than one occasion for “off the ball” incidents which saw both teams reduced to thirteen aside by the time the game ended in what was a hard fought but fiery affair. The lead had changed hands a few times before the first red card for the locals with effectively ten minutes remaining on the clock changed the ebb and flow in favour of the visitors who would go on to win by a margin that may have flattered their endeavours. Glenravel had eight different scorers over the hour, twice as many as their opponents and it was that breadth of talent that in the end won the day for the Glensmen.

Niall Donnelly put Con Magees ahead on three minutes but two minutes later Philip Maguire equalised from a free. The big number eleven would end the game with eight points to his name, all from placed balls. Those of a slightly older generation will remember Philip’s father, Danny Maguire who served St Teresa’s so well over the years. The Maguire clan, originally from Garrison, Fermanagh moved to Belfast many years ago and have been synonymous with the Glen Road outfit for a very long time. Padge O’Neill and Sean McKay would trade scores with Niall McGettigan and Sean Maguire to leave honours even on sixteen minutes. Glenravel then went on the rampage and scored five unanswered points, two each from Sean McKay and Niall Donnelly with Jonathan Fyfe providing the other score to leave Con Magees ahead 0-08 to 0-03 with seven minutes of the half remaining. It was now the turn of the home side to take control and four points in succession from Sean Maguire, Philip Maguire (0-02) and Pierce O’Rawe brought the score to 0-08 to 0-07 in favour of Glenravel. As the half time whistle blew there was general agreement on the terraces between home and away supporters that the score was 0-08 to 0-87 but the referree had the teams level at 0-08 each so we go with his score. Unfortunately this reporter doesn’t know who scored St Teresa’s eighth point.

Sean McKay restored Glenravel’s lead after twenty seconds of the re-start but Philip Maguire’s unerring accuracy from frees levelled the game again. A minute later, St Teresa’s registered the first “major” of the game through Sean Maguire and the Belfast lads were ahead by three. The next ten minutes however belonged to Glenravel when indiscipline in the home team defence led to a series of frees which Niall Donnelly (0-02) and Sean McKay (0-01) were happy to convert. Conleth O’Loan added to that spree with a nice score from a tight angle to leave Glenravel back in the lead by a single point. St Teresa’s were reduced to fourteen with twenty minutes gone in the second half and through they would level with a free from Maguire shortly after, Glenravel enjoyed greater freedom with the extra man. Shane Woulahan grabbed a high ball on the edge of the square, pivoted and rifled a shot which went marginally north of the bar instead of south – keeper Conor McCann wouldn’t have seen it either way! Three minutes later, Seam McKay goaled with a clever “over the shoulder” flick and Con Magees were back ahead by four. The next five minutes would deliver tit for tat scores from both teams. Philip Maguire with two frees and Sean Maguire from play would draw responses from Sean McKay and Eoin McCusker to leave one goal between the teams three minutes into injury time. As tensions rose in the final few minutes Referree Lappin had to dismiss two more players, one from each side. At times like these you need experience and cool heads and Niall Donnelly provided both when he netted a screamer seven minutes into injury time to all but put the game to bed, Glenravel now leading by six points. Declan Traynor added one for the visitors and a few seconds later it was fitting indeed that Philip Maguire should register St Teresa’s last and his eighth point from a free but it was too little too late. Declan Traynor again pointed for  Glenravel with eleven extra  minutes played to put them seven points clear and beyond catching. 

St Teresa’s: Conor McCann, Philip Glennon, Gerard O’Rawe, Aodhan Dugan, Ciaran Rouse, Conor O’Rawe, James Magornan, Pierce O’Rawe (0-01), Colm McGoldrick, Christopher Turley, Philip Maguire (0-08 all frees), Niall Mccann, Niall McGettigan (0-01), Kevin Burns, Sean Maguire (1-04)

Glenravel: Chris McCann, Michael McQuillan, Shan lee kerr, Michael McDonald, Eoin McCusker (0-01), James Duffin, Rian lennon, Sean McKay (1-06, 0-02f), Brian O’Neill, Niall Donnelly (1-05, 0-03f), Shane Woulahan (0-01), Padge O’Neill, Declan Traynor (0-02), Conleth O’Loan (0-01), Jonathan Fyfe (0-01)

Subs: Stephe Acheson for Brian O’neill, Odhran McAleenan for Jonathon Fyfe.

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