Glen Battle Past Moycullen To Reach All-Ireland Final

Glen Battle Past Moycullen To Reach All-Ireland Final
Michael Bolton
By Michael Bolton
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In a hard fought battle in Croke Park, Ulster and Derry champions Glen had too much for Moycullen to reach the All Ireland Senior football final.

After losing out to eventual champions Kilcoo last year, Glen's defensive strengths were on display on their 1-11 to 0-12 win over the Galway side.

They will now face Dublin champions Kilmacud Crokes, who defeated Kerry's Keirns O'Rahilly's 1-14 to 0-14.

For a lot of this Glen side, it has been a long, frustrating and challenging journey to reach the final, with this season showing how they have overcome the odds.

Nobody enjoyed this more than manager Malachy O'Rourke who praised his side for keeping their composure under pressure.

It's brilliant, for all the boys to put in such massive work since the start of the year. We came into the unknown a wee bit today against Moycullen, we played well at times, other times we were holding on a bit, but just delighted to get through.

You know going out that you aren't going to play well all the time, it's in the rough patches where games are won. The boys just had to keep their head and now it would turn. Just keep working hard for each other, trust each other and glad we got through.

We know we will have to improve a lot for the final, but sure look it it's great to be there.

Glen Reach All-Ireland Final


In a tight physical encounter at Croke Park, it was Man of the Match Danny Tallon who opened the scoring after five minutes with a well taken score.

Glen were always just ahead of Moycullen in the first half, as the Derry side took their chances, with Emmett Bradley grabbing the highlight of the scores with a long range point after 26 minutes.



After taking a 0-06 to 0-03 lead at the interval, Glen scored the only goal of the game in the second half through Tiernan Flanagan to give themselves breathing space.

However, they couldn't make the most of their lead a Moycullen found a way back into the game, and had got within two points of the Ulster champion

Some outstanding defending towards the end kept the Connacht champions out, and setup a mouthwatering final against Kilmacud Crokes in two week's time.


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