'I said I'd throw a boot at it and see what happened' says Clancy of wonder-strike
Published 13/03/2014 | 05:26
WING-forward on the All-Ireland winning Cork junior team in 2011, Fermoy's Tomás Clancy wasn't exactly in unfamiliar territory when he popped up at the edge of the square to take a pass from John Hayes in the first half of last Sunday's encounter with Derry.
Still, he admitted his initial thoughts were to lay the ball off to one of the forwards, but he said the way the situation unfolded left him with little option but to have a cut himself
"I spotted Daniel Goulding outside me, but his marker didn't come towards me, so I said I'd throw a boot at it and see what happened."
What happened was that after the ball left the corner-back's boot, it flashed into the top of the net for what will surely go down as one of the goals of the season. It propelled Cork into a commanding ten-point lead, but its value had increased considerably before the end of the game, as Derry staged an admirable recovery which only just fell short.
Clancy said he was convinced the deal was done and dusted following his stunning strike, which was quickly followed by a Brian Hurley point, but he agreed the picture had changed dramatically before half-time.
"It was a strange match to be honest, and I thought the pressure we applied during the first 30 minutes was unreal, but then we conceded two sloppy goals which gave Derry a bit of hope.
"We slackened off a bit in the second half, and Derry really came at us in the last quarter, but, in fairness to the forwards, anytime we got the ball up to them, they were able to score. Colm O'Neill came on and kicked three wonderful points to show what a class player he is, but you'd have to say we made hard work of it in the end.
"At the same time, this was exactly the sort of test we wanted, and that we managed to grind out the win shows there is great heart in the team. It was important to build on the victory over Dublin, to get a bit of consistency going, and, with four wins from four games, we've done that now, so we're delighted.
"We'll be facing another stiff challenge next weekend against Mayo, and, having reached the All-Ireland final last year, they are obviously a very good team. We are fully aware of what Mayo can produce, but we'll be concentrating on ourselves, which is what we've been doing all year, and I think we are well capable of collecting another two points up in Castlebar."