Match Report on Senior Hurling County Final 2015-10-23 10:16:00

report from EveningEcho.ie

SHC
Glen Rovers 2-17
Sarsfields 1-13
IT was expected to be a one horse race, Sars the favourites, though most neutrals were secretly hoping for a Glen win.
No one predicted the ease at which Glen Rovers would push aside the reigning champions, the most impressive side of the decade.  Glen Rovers v Sarsfields - Cork County Senior Hurling Championship Final
That new Glen Rovers’ following isn’t down to any particular love for the city side, more that new blood, and in particular new successful city blood was desired to make the championship more of an open and exciting competition. 
With players of the likes of Patrick Horgan, Brian Moylan, Conor Dorris and Dean Brosnan in their line-up the Glen went into this game with a real chance of causing an upset and with the pain from last year’s final defeat to Sars still hurting the same bunch of players it was no surprise that they were up for it right from the off. That may have gone some way to closing the supposed gap between the sides, yet the Glen were still fancied to come unstuck against a Sarsfields side that most people thought had it all.
For long periods of this game the difference in styles was clearly apparent with the Glen adopting a more fire and brimstone approach while Sars looked to stroke the sliotar around and find their man in a more deliberate and stylish fashion. Brian Moylan and Cian McCarthy 11/10/2015
The first 25 minutes was a tight and to be honest disappointing affair as the sides cancelled each other out without any real show of passion making its way to the surface however a couple of quick points on the stroke of the break sent Glen Rovers in at the turn with the slight advantage and a spring in their collective step.
The second half was a different matter entirely as the victors smelt blood in the water and stepped it up a gear, or two, only to find no real response from the defending champions.
While the Glen’s goal on 48 minutes (David Cunningham) looked to have settled things the second from wing back David Dooling (53) really did signal the changing of the guard as it was always going to be a huge ask for Sarsfields to respond. A fact not lost on the scorer of the game’s opening three-pointer, Cunningham.
Glen Rovers v Sarsfields - Cork County Senior Hurling Championship Final“I just can’t believe what we have done here,” said one of the most influential players on the day. “We threw everything we had at this and it finally paid off. 26 years is far too long for a club like ours, you can see here what it means to everyone. The likes of Mul (Tomás Mulcahy) jumping around the place at the end is just amazing.”
“The goals proved to be major factors but I think our overall play was exceptional, all over the pitch. You couldn’t miss out anyone from the win. Everyone played a major part in this win. Yes I got a good goal but honestly all I had to do was just stand there and wait for it to come. It was the others that did all the work. The defenders were just magnificent today and they deserve the majority of the credit for this win.”
Cunningham couldn’t be more on the ball if he tried. Plaudits will go to Horgan for his nine points and to Cunningham himself for the goal, and his overall performance, but this win should be and probably will be attributed to the defensive pack. 
The likes of Stephen McDonnell, Gavin Moylan and Ben Murphy were exceptional with Dooling adding to his fine display with a brilliant goal however all need to take a back seat to the display given by wing back Graham Callanan.Graham Callanan lifts the cup 11/10/2015
The number seven stood head and shoulders above all on the pitch and dominated the Sarsfields attackers with his non-compromising, passionate and skillful style.
Cathal Hickey and Ben Murphy celebrate 11/10/2015 Keeper Cathal Hickey will be the toast of the city club for a long time to come after he made two great saves, in particular the 48th minute save he pulled off from Sars wing-forward Cian McCarthy when the man in blue looked to be dead set on cutting the gap to a single point.
Dave Noonan in the midfield also gave a stellar performance and dominated his area for long periods but the first title in 26 years and Glen Rovers’ 26th title in all will go down to the performance of their dogged defensive that looked as if they were prepared to die for the win.
Next up for Glen Rovers is a trip into the Munster series but neither Cunningham nor any of his ecstatic team mates are likely to care one bit about who they are going to face in that competition as Glen Rovers celebrate what is a long awaited but thoroughly deserved Cork senior hurling title.



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