SUCCESSmight come easier, but it will never taste sweeter for the Clyda Roverslion-hearted footballers who earned their place in the history books onSaturday evening last at Blarney when they outbattled Douglas to claim aplacein the Co Senior Football championship semi-final against either Nemo Rangersor St Finbarr's.SUCCESSmight come easier, but it will never taste sweeter for the Clyda Roverslion-hearted footballers who earned their place in the history books onSaturday evening last at Blarney when they outbattled Douglas to claim aplacein the Co Senior Football championship semi-final against either Nemo Rangersor St Finbarr's.
This was an amazing contest that saw the sides deadlocked on nine occasionsat 0-1, 0-4, 0-5, 0-6, 0-7, 0-8, 0-9, 0-10 and 0-11 each after 54 mins play.
The lead changed hands on a number of occasions with two points the mostseparating the sides on just two occasions during the opening half.
In the opening minute, a foul on John Walsh for Clyda Rovers led to theopeningpoint from a free by Paul Holland. Three mins later, a foul on Paul Aherneled to the equalising point by Ronan McCarthy. Clyda conceded two freeswith Ronan McCarthy having one attempt cleared on the goalline.
In the 8th minute, a solo run by Pádraigh O'Mullane led to the Clyda captainkicking a fine point. Then, a foul on Niall O'Mullane providedPaul Holland with his second pointed free, 0-3 to 0-1.
Pat McSweeney pointed for Douglas from a tight angle in the 13th min. PaulHolland (free) and Pat McSweeney exchanged points by the 20th min and aminute later,a foul on Pat McSweeney provided Willie Coveney with the equalisingpoint from a free, 0-4 each.
Good work by Pádraigh O'Mullane led to a fine point by Kieran Cronin. RonanMcCarthy placed Cormac Dineen for the equaliser in the 26th min. Twomins later, Cormac Dineen was put through by Ronan McCarthy but was denieda goal when Brian Flanagan made a superb save.
Good work in the dying moments by Cormac O'Sullivan, Kieran Cronin and TadghO'Mullane led to younger brother Niall O'Mullane pointing. It gave the winnersan interval lead of 0-6 to 0-5.
The second half was very tight with both defences doing very well. Bothsides used the short passing to good effect.
Douglas were level within a minute when Conor McCarthy placed Willie Coveneyfor a point from near the end line. Clyda again took the lead with a breakat midfield by Pádraigh O'Mullane to Johnny Walsh who passed to TomMcGlinchey who pointed on the run, 0-7 to 0-6.
Douglas fought back and were level within three mins through a Ronan McCarthyfree. Douglas now looked dangerous with Thomas Sheehan making some goodruns out of defence. Clyda defended well with Derry Cronin, Brendan Walshand Mick O'Shea in very good form.
The North Cork side had a point when John Walsh placed Cormac O'Sullivanwho scored from long range to give his side the lead. In a quick break,Douglasgained possession with Eoin Coveney being fouled on the 13 metre line. RonanMcCarthy pointed from the resultant free and then a great ball out ofdefenceby Tomas Sheehan provided the lead for Douglas through Willie Coveney.
Clyda's Paul Holland struck the upright with a free which went out wide.In the 41st min, Holland levelled with a pointed free, 0-9 each. Douglasagain edged ahead through a William Deasy free. A quickly taken sidelinekick by Paul Holland to John Walsh had the sides level for the 8th timewith 13 mins remaining. Douglas made a brave attack in search of the leadand a five man movement was broken up by Derry Cronin.
Clyda's Pádraigh O'Mullane gained the delivery which went wide off the sameupright. Pat McSweeney gave the City side the lead with Paul Holland levellingfrom a free for the Mourneabbey side for the 9th and last time. There werestill six mins remaining.
A Douglas attack by Conor McCarthy led to a foul on Willie Coveney. RonanMcCarthy was wide from the free. At the other end Johnny Walsh forced TeddyO'Donovan to make a superb save. In the 59th min, Paul Holland pointed his6th and last free of the evening.
In injury-time Douglas forced a free 50 yards from goal near the sideline.Cork senior star Ronan McCarthy was instructed to score direct. His freedropped on the goal line just under the crossbar where the Clyda keeper and anumber of backs were on hand to take the free to safety. Tadgh O'Mullanecollected the free which was followed by the final whistle.
It marked the end of a great game that saw Clyda Rovers, in senior gradeonly since 1997, reach the Co semi-final.
Scorers - Clyda Rovers: Paul Holland 0-6 (frees), Niall O'Mullane 0-1,Cormac O'Sullivan, 0-1, Tommy McGlinchey 0-1, Pádraigh O'Mullane 0-1, KieranCronin 0-1, John Walsh 0-1.
Douglas: Willie Coveney 0-4 (0-2 frees), Ronan McCarthy 0-3 (frees), PatMcSweeney 0-3, Cormac Dineen 0-1.
Teams - Clyda Rovers: Brian Flanagan, Tommy Walsh, Willie Walsh, BrendanWalsh, Gavin Carey, Mick O'Shea, Derry Cronin, Tommy McGlinchey, CormacO'Sullivan, Paul Holland, Derek O'Brien, Pádraigh O'Mullane, Niall O'Mullane,Kieran Cronin, John Walsh.
Subs: Tadgh O'Mullane for Derek O'Brien, SeánBreen for Tommy McGlinchey, Dylan O'Shea for Kieran Cronin.
Douglas: Teddy O'Donovan, David McSweeney, Killian Hogan, Cormac Cahill,Thomas Sheehan, Graham Swanton, Pat Barry, Paul Aherne, Cormac Dineen, ConorMcCarthy, Ronan McCarthy, Donal O'Callaghan, Willie Coveney, Eoin Coveney,Pat McSweeney.
Referee: Niall Barrett (Carrigtwohill).