Men’s Division 3 Playoff
Glenanne 4 (Matt Lucas 2, Jonathan Kane, Clive Kennedy) Pembroke 0
Glenanne finally claimed the division one/three double at Belfield this evening, bursting over the hurdle of Pembroke with three goals in the closing seven minutes sealing the deal.
The regular season had ended level on 44 points while the first attempted playoff was cut short with the scores level at 1-1 45 minutes in as the floodlights at Whitechurch Park went off.
But a campaign which began way back in mid-September was finally settled as the Tallaght club had the edge in the first half and saw the tie home with late efforts to calm the nerves.
Clive Kennedy’s individual skills created the first on 32 minutes, swishing first left and then right before angling an excellent ball from the right of the circle wide of the left post where Matt Lucas tapped home.
Pembroke toiled in the opening period, creating little of note while finding Paul Fitzpatrick’s stick a magnet for crash balls. But the Serpentine Avenue outfit smartened up in the second period, Mossie Elliott key while a buzz of excitement greeted Justin Sherriff’s interventions.
Chances were limited, though, Kennedy shutting down a first corner and, with time running out, Glenanne showed a much more potent attacking threat.
Jonathan Kane – the first team’s top scorer this term – scored a brilliant second, racing forth from halfway before laying off to Neil Byrne. The Leinster underage star did really well to draw the last defender and lay off around his left shoulder and Kane delicately chipped over the sliding Peter Collins.
Persistence from Lucas saw the striker capitalise when he charged down an attempted clearance, finishing into an empty net, before captain Kennedy did likewise after an initial fresh air – both efforts greeted with Mourinho-esque slides down the sideline by coach David O’Malley.
12 Responses to “Glenanne complete div one/three double”
May 3, 2012 4:52 am Mourinho says
Celebration of the season by David Mourinho! Come on you Tallaght Glens!!
May 3, 2012 8:03 am Parsons says
Well done lads great achievement!!
May 3, 2012 8:28 am j catford says
The futures bright the future is glenanne – bring it on!
May 3, 2012 9:32 am Jason says
Well done Glens, it’s been a long time coming.
May 3, 2012 10:34 am C. Kennedy says
Great night for the Glens. Dave O’Malley for Coach of the season.
May 3, 2012 12:16 pm Johnny G says
Congrats lads, a very good mix of experienced players and bright young talent
May 3, 2012 2:58 pm j catford says
Actually – can i take back my comment above –
I have just seen the Photo of the glenanne team that won the league – its made up of half their 1st team !
So the future is no so bright afterall !
May 3, 2012 9:00 pm Stickler says
Good stuff Catford…join the line of Glenanne Doubters. Im sure that wont come back at ya.
May 3, 2012 11:22 pm Stickler says
also if thats how you judge bright futures then im afraid no leinster club has a bright future. Take a look around at all the other 2nd teams. Its the same for all of them.
May 4, 2012 11:06 am j catford says
First team regulars should not be playing 2nds –
A First team top goalscorer should not be playing 2nds
Yes there will be times when a 1st team regular plays a few games of 2nds to get back fitness after injury.
2nds should be used to develop new players for the 1st team squad
This goes for all clubs – registrations should be enforced
May 4, 2012 11:17 am Paul Baz says
Well done lads. Brilliant result and well deserved for all the hard work that has gone in over the last two years. Congrats to Clive and Dave especially as captain and coach.
@ J Catford. There has been cross over for years between 1st and 2nd teams – this is not a new issue. How else are fringe first team players supposed to get some hockey???
May 4, 2012 3:01 pm Stephen Findlater says
Going to draw a line under this comment chain at this point; both sides of this issue have been raised. Some comments have veered toward unfortunate innuendo which should be raised elsewhere if you have an issue but cannot be discussed here. Apologies for the inconvenience.
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