Beirne hits 1-10 as Eslin produce amazing fightback to sink Glenfarne

A flying Fergal Clancy fists the ball past Eslin keeper Enda Turbitt for a goal for Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher last Sunday.
A marvellous Eslin comeback when all seemed lost and an impressive individual display from Conor Beirne, not for the first time, helped Eslin to a deserved victory over Glenfarne Kiltyclogher in Drumshanbo last Sunday.

A marvellous Eslin comeback when all seemed lost and an impressive individual display from Conor Beirne, not for the first time, helped Eslin to a deserved victory over Glenfarne Kiltyclogher in Drumshanbo last Sunday.

Fox’s Monumentals Intermediate Championship

Eslin 2-15

Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher 3-5

A marvellous Eslin comeback when all seemed lost and an impressive individual display from Conor Beirne, not for the first time, helped Eslin to a deserved victory over Glenfarne Kiltyclogher in Drumshanbo last Sunday.

Twenty three minutes into the game, Eslin found themselves trailing by seven points 2-3 to 0-2 and at the break still trailed by six but an amazing second half performance, in which they outscored the losers by 13 points, saw then run out easy winners in the end.

Conor Beirne’s scoring exploits for Eslin are nothing new and the Eslin man remains one of the most potent forwards in the county, certainly powerful enough to have fans of the county team wondering what if.

What makes Eslin’s transformation all the more remarkable is that it was achieved without Tomas Beirne and two suspended players, a huge drain on the resources of one of the smallest clubs in the county.

After an early exchange of points, it was the losers who edged into a two point lead with points from Niall Walsh & Niall Clancy with Conor Beirne keeping his team in touch with a point 20 minutes in.

But two goals in as many minutes, both from Fergal Clancy, put the losers in a commanding position. The first goal came for a penalty awarded by referee Eamon O’Grady when Niall Walsh was taken down by corner back Paul Kilcrann as he cut through the Eslin defence.

Clancy expertly dispatched the kick with Eslin being dealt a double blow with Kilcrann receiving a black card, to be replaced by Cian Wrynne.

A minute later and another goal for Clancy, this time punching to the net following a high cross from Diarmuid Clancy.

A good response from Eslin saw them hit three points without reply, two from Beirne and one from Ronan Reynolds to reduce the arrears to four points.

But within a minute they were dealt a further blow when a high ball into their goal area was expertly tapped down by Niall Walsh to the incoming Darren Murray who fired to the Eslin net to regain their seven point advantage.

Conor Beirne ended the first half scoring with a point but whatever was said in the Eslin dressing room at the break certainly worked.

Within seven minutes of the restart, they were level with points from Beirne (4) and one each from Brian Higgins and Ronan Reynolds.

The losers were struggling around the middle of the field but did manage to stop the rot and in the process hit over a couple of points from Walsh & Fergal Clancy to go two ahead.

But they couldn’t build on it and when Eslin hit two excellent goals in a seven minute period from Ronan Reynolds and Beirne, along with a point from Adrian McCaffrey, it was game over. McCaffrey and Beirne added a point each to ensure victory for Eslin.

Eslin: Enda Turbitt; Barry Bohan, Ronan Reynolds (1-2), Paul Kilcrann; Conor Reynolds, Eamon Stenson, Declan Ward; John O’Flynn, Brian Higgins (0-1); Jason Barry, Peter Reynolds, Joseph Stenson; Adrian McCaffrey (0-2), Conor Beirne (1-10), Shane Beirne.

Glenfarne Kiltyclogher: Tommy McManus; Niall McManus, Conor O’Rourke, Stephen McManus; Patrick Kilkenny, Michael McGuire, Barry McDermott; Niall Clancy (0-1), Diarmuid Clancy; Ciaran Clancy, Declan Sweeney, Darren Murray (1-0); Niall Walsh (0-3), Fergal Clancy (2-1), Dermot O’Rourke. Subs: James Murray for Conor O’Rourke.

Referee: Eamon O’Grady