Led by the experience and accuracy of Tom Gilmartin, Glencar/Manorhamilton claimed the first championship title of the year with some ease.
The Manorhamilton clubs fourth string featured the usual mix of old stagers and new faces and it was one of the old crew who led the way as Tom Gilmartin scored eight points on the night.
Glenfarne/Kilty had actuallly started best but inaccuracy plagued them as they missed a host of good chances, two goals in the space of two minutes set Manorhamilton well on the road to victory.
Glenfarne staged an impressive second half recovery as they trailed at one stage by 2-9 to 0-2 but although they outscored their neighbours by 1-5 nto 0-1 in the last 20 minutes, the first half gap was simply too big for them to overcome.
Despite the intense heat, it was an entertaining encounter and playing the championship played so early in the year was a great success.
Glencar/Manorhamilton made the more confident start with two Tom Gilmartin scores in the first five minutes, one after a lovely move but Glefnarne/Kilty were enjoying a lot of possession but had wides before scoring with a high effort on 14 minutes.
Instead of inspiring Glenfarne/Kilty, it was Manor who hit back with two goals in as many minutes. First a long ball was well fielded by Alan Hickey and his fixted pass put Paul Boylan in for an easy goal.
The second came when Tom Gilmartin’s free dropped short but was fumbled by a defender, Niall Hickey poking home from close range. Manor would dominate the remainder of the half with Gilmartin kicking three points and Colm Callahan adding another.
Glenfarne/Kilty did have a chance of a goal only for Martin Cleary to make a good save to deny Tommy McManus a goal as the halftime score stood at 2-6 to 0-1.
A Michael Ferguson free and a good Cleary save seemed to give Glenfarne hope but three excellent Gilmartin points looked to spell the end of their dreams.
Glenfarne weren’t finished and two Declan Murray points and a Rory McLoughlin effort gave them hope before Sean Dolan finished off a good move with a close range goal on 50 minutes.
Manor, however, should have sealed it when Boylan, after hitting a fine point, turned the defence and crashed a shot off the bottom of the crossbar with three minutes to go.
Ferugson did add two late points but Manor held out comfortably.
Glencar/Manorhamilton: Martin Cleary, Darren Kerrigan, James O’Hara, Kenneth McMorrow, Dermot McMorrow, Paul Lonigan, Colm Callahan (0-1), Dominic Kelly, Stephen O’Hara, Gerard Cullen, Tom Gilmartin (0-8), Sean Watters, Paul Boylan (1-1), Alan Hickey, Niall Hickey (1-0). Subs: Alan Gillgian for (41 mins), Pat Mawn for N. Hickey (47 mins), Declan Ryan for Kerrigan (52 mins), Conor O’Hagan for Watters (61 mins).
Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher: Padraig McGourty, Brian Fox, Sean McLoughlin, Daniel Fee, Sean Dillon, John McManus, Alan McSharry, Michael Ferguson (0-4), Enda Gallagher, Sean Dolan (1-0), Darren Murray, (0-2), Francis Dillon, David McDermott, Rory McLoughlin (0-1). Subs: Cian Rock for Fee (HT), Joe Keaney for McDermott (32 mins), McDermott for Fox (47 mins).
Referee: Gerry Gallogly.
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