After a tight first half, Glencar/Manorhamilton eventually pulled away from a persistent Allen Gaels in Ballinamore last Saturday.
Glencar/Manorhamilton 1-12 Allen Gaels 0-10
Allen Gaels matched Manor almost stride for stride in the first half despite suffering the loss of Nicholas Moore through injury after 14 minutes. Moore had already shot two points for Allen Gaels prior to having to come off and after he had caused quite a number of headaches for the Glencar/Manor defence.
It took a Colin Ryan goal ten minutes from time to put the game out of reach of Allen Gaels. Given their injury problems, the League leaders will be happy with a win that virtually guarantees them a place in the quarter-finals.
Allen Gaels need only better the result to Drumreilly to make the quarter-finals.
Glencar/Manor got a dream start with Adrian Croal and Evan Sweeney pointing but Allen Gaels kept in touch with points from Brian Mulvey and Moore.
James Glancy doubled the lead but Moore and Martin Beirne hit back for the Gaels. Niall Brady & Evan Sweeney edged Manor back in front but Emmet Burke kept the Durmshanbo men in touch with three frees but points from Croal & Sweeney gave Glencar/Manor a 0-8 to 0-7 halftime lead.
The third quarter saw Manor take control as points from James Glancy, Adrian Croal and Evan Sweeney opened up a four point lead by the 44th minute. Allen Gaels, who hadn’t scored for 20 minutes, opened their second half account when Emmett Burke scored a 49th minute free.
But Glencar/Manor struck the vital blow when Fintan McGourty found Colin Ryan who hammered home soccer style. Allen Gaels finished with a little flurry, points from Burke & sub James Flynn.
Glencar/Manor: Gary Hickey; Thomas McDonald, Pat Gilmartin, Shane Loughlin; Mark McGourty, James Rooney, David Poniard; Darren Sweeney, Fintan McGourty; Adrian Croal (0-4), Colin Ryan (1-0), Anthony McDonald; Niall Brady (0-2), James Glancy (0-2), Evan Sweeney (0-4). Subs: Aaron Hickey for A. McDonald (48 mins).
Allen Gaels: Kevin Nolan; Ciaran Matthynssens, Thomas Mulvey, Adrian Sorohan; David Wynne, Sean McGourty, Martin Rafferty; Brian Mulvey (0-1), Michael McManus; Martin Beirne (0-1),, Colm McGovern, Ryan Higgins; Nicholas Moore (0-2), Alan Wynne, Emmett Burke (0-5). Subs: Shane Walsh for Moore (14 mins.); James Flynn (0-1), for McGovern (55 mins); Derek McGourty for D. Wynne (55 mins); Mark Gunning for A. Wynne (57 mins).
Referee: Eamon O’Grady.