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Saturday 19 April 2014

Fermoy make experience count

The old men of the Fermoy team finish their North Cork U21 days in style after victory over Clyda Rovers in last weeks final. L to R: Darragh O'Carroll, Jeff Daly, Seanie Shanahan, Mattie Condon, Kieran Dorgan and Kieran Morrison. Photo: Eric Barry

Under 21 FC final

Fermoy 1-10

Clyda Rovers 0-8

FERMOY appearing in their sixth Under 21 FC final in-a-row proved too strong for Clyda Rovers in the Health & Safety Services sponsored competition at Castletownroche on Saturday.

Over the hour Fermoy dominated exchanges in vital sectors throughout the field but were also guilty of poor shooting. Clyda Rovers lacked scoring power all through the game with five of their eight points from frees. Rovers had the aid of the strong cold cross wind in the first half. Fermoy opened with two early points by Garry O' Callaghan. Clyda levelled by the 12th minute, but it was Fermoy who had an outstanding halfbackline and midfield pair that dominated from here.

Garry O'Callaghan pointed a free and their goal by Martin Brennan came in the 18th minute, which was a huge lift. Rovers replied with points by Conor Flanagan from play and a free. Fermoy regained the goal lead with another Garry O'Callaghan free and they led 1-4 to 0-4 at the break.

Clyda Rovers enjoyed a good spell on the resumption. They had two pointed frees by Daniel O'Callaghan. They were unable to get on parity and it was Fermoy who had a punched point by Kieran Dorgan in the 43rd minute after a quick free by Chris Buckley. From here on Fermoy defended very well.

Team captain Seanie Shanahan made some very good interceptions and clearances and they regained the goal lead in the 47th minute when Garry O'Callaghan put Padraigh De Roiste through for a fine point. O'Callaghan added another pointed free with Clyda never giving up and when Conor Flanagan and Conor O'Sullivan combined well to place Chris Buckley for a fine point.

It was vintage Fermoy in the last 10 minutes as their experience and physicality proved.

Three points by De Roiste, substitute Ronan O'Hagan and a great point by corner back Padraigh Clancy who soloed up and kicked a massive point. In these last few minutes Clyda had a point by Daniel O'Callaghan after a free by Chris Buckley.

It marked a huge win for Fermoy who lost the finals of '11 and '12. After the game Miceal Creed presented the Health & Safety Services cup to Seanie Shanahan Fermoy captain in the presence of John O'Donnell Board Chairman. Fermoy midfielder Darragh O'Carroll was named 'man of the match'.

FERMOY: R Clancy, P Clancy 0-1, P Murphy, J Pyne, C O'Keeffe, J Daly, S Shanahan (Capt) K Dorgan 0-1 D O' Carroll, P De Roiste 0-2, G O'Callaghan 0-5 (0-4f) J Ring, K Morrisson, M Brennan 1-0, M Condon Subs: A Forde for C O'Keeffe (inj) R O'Hagan 0-1 for M Condon

CLYDA ROVERS: E Meaney, K Fitzgerald, R Walsh, D Walsh, Donal O' Callaghan, S O'Connell, C O'Connell, C Buckley 0-1, Daniel O'Callaghan 0-4 (0-3f) Cian O' Sullivan, Conor O'Sullivan, Seamus Ronayne, C Crowley, C Flanagan 0-3 (0-2f) Sean Ronayne. Subs: M Linehan for C O'Connell, K Crowley for C Crowley

Referee: Dave O Farrell (Mitchelstown)

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