Green and yellow dreams.
Generally speaking, playing activities would be well and truly over for the glanmire teams and well earned break is on the cards till late January/early February for everyone, But this year is a little different for the 36 strong panel and 8 management team who have not just surpassed the dream of their own but that of all the members past and present, the junior team set out in mid February through wet, cold and snow having just one goal in mind, to reach the county final, an achievable goal set out by glanmire boss Geraldine o Flynn.
As the game rolled by we found ourselves in the county final playing Valley-rovers a strong west cork side who really pushed us hard and thankfully we just managed to squeeze by with a win, as the Munster series started playing against Thurles sars and Spa of Kerry in the Quarter and semi finals and playing and winning in our first ever Munster final against kill rush. All games that we privileged to play.
Celebrations were short and sweet as it was back down to business of football and fundraising for our all Ireland quarter final where it took us across the waters to Coventry, a trip to remember and another win for us to see us in to the all Ireland semi-final.
The semi final took us on another road trip to Co Tyrone to the town of trillick, a small town bordering Fermanagh, filled will a the most pleasant and welcoming football club and people, who looked after every need before and after the game. As the game started the 2 teams were very much even in terms of football with glanmire lucky on occasion to score, half time score of Glanmire’s 0-6 to trillick a 0-1 didn’t do the trillick team justice as their defense was solid. After half time a burst of energy from Kate Hannon as she took a goal 52 seconds back from the half time mark and Sarah O’Brien’s few minutes later saw the glanmire well in line for a all Ireland final, but trillick weren’t giving up very easily and responded with 2 goals before glanmire settled back down again. A Few points and a hard defense from glanmire before the full time whistle insure a first ever all Ireland club final for the glanmire side.
We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who has helped us on the journey so far especially to the hard working management team the equally hard working committee, local and cork businesses, especially ryan’s super supervalu, supporters and the playing panel who have done the whole of glanmire proud.
We now look forward to our final on the 9th of December, where a dream will come or go in 60mins of play. #glanmireabu
Glanmire – A Carey; R Kelleher, A McNamara, A Turpin; A McCarthy, E Baker, L Cashman; E Twomey, A O’Mahoney; S O’Brien, E Murphy, S Murphy; N McAllen, K Hannon, S Deane.
Subs – R Cowley for S Deane (ht), K O’Connor S Murphy (42), C Murphy for A Turpin ( 46)