MICHAEL GLAVEY’S 3-14
IT’S been a memorable year for Claregalway’s footballers but this week they’ll probably be the first to admit that they were beaten by a far superior side in this Connacht club intermediate final at Hyde Park on Sunday.
This was lively and entertaining fare with 30 scores delivered over the course of the hour while there was a bucketful of goalmouth incidents that could have yielded three or four more major scores.
While Claregalway might say that the luck didn’t go with them on the day – and there was a slice of good fortune about Glavey’s two goals – the Roscommon champions turned in an impressive display of positive attacking football.
Michael Glavey’s are situated in a pocket of Roscommon territory on the edge of the Galway and Mayo border in the villages of Ballinlough, Cloonfad and Granlahan, so Sunday’s victory – completing a semi-final and final double against the Mayo (Moy Davitts) and Galway champions – will be especially sweet.
The Glavey’s most famous son is the late Dermot Earley from Gorthaganny and he surely would have been proud of the style and prowess on show last Sunday in front of a fine crowd of about 3,000 at ‘The Hyde’, whose new pitch barely showed a scar after the hour’s endeavours.
Glavey’s led this match from start to finish and laid down a clear marker during the opening 10 minutes of action, virtually spending that entire period in the Claregalway half of the pitch, the only blot on that dominance being their failure to turn possession into scores.
Full coverage in this week’s Connacht Tribune.