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Tuesday 23 October 2018

Douglas shoot Clyda down

County SFC: Douglas 1-16 Clyda Rovers 2-12 (after extra-time)

Noel Horgan

This time twelve months ago Clyda Rovers went under by a point to eventual county champions Carbery Rangers in a first round SFC tie which went to extra-time.

So, it was easy to appreciate their frustration after they endured a similar fate last Sunday in Blarney where Douglas emerged triumphant in a contest that also required an additional 20 minutes to produce a conclusive result.

Edged out by defeated finalists Ballincollig in Round 3 last year, it will a source of some consolation for the Mourneabbey men that they confirmed they are a team capable of competing admirably at the top level on this occasion.

In fairness, Douglas went into the match without their selected midfield pairing of Eoin Cadogan and Conor Kingston, both of whom were ruled out by injury, and they will probably feel they might have found the task a little easier had they been available.

At the same time, the city side had the benefit of a preliminary round win over Newcestown under the belt, which was obviously no load heading into this fixture. It turned out to be a game which could have gone either way, and Douglas certainly had good cause to count their blessings after Clyda were denied a replay by Paudie Kissane's failure to find the target from a tricky free in the dying seconds of extra-time.

Clyda made the better start, with Cian O'Sullivan placing Paul Cronin for a well-taken goal which pushed them 1-2 to 0-1 ahead inside eight minutes. Following good work by substitute Eoin O'Sullivan and Kevin Conlon, Sean Powter rattled the net to give the Douglas the lead for the first time, 1-3 to 1-2, ten minutes later.

There was never more than a point between the sides for the rest of the first half, with a late effort from Cronin allowing Clyda to go in at the break 1-5 to 1-4 to the good.

Defences generally held in the opening period when Ray Carey and Chris Kenny were especially resolute at the back for Clyda, with the latter keeping a fairly tight on Douglas's key attacker Alan Cadogan.

At the other end, Conor O'Sullivan caused most problems for the Douglas rearguard with his powerful running on the left flank, while Cronin and Sean O'Connell also made their presence felt on occasions.

The battle for midfield supremacy was largely inconclusive, although Eoin O'Sullivan arguably achieved most in this sector for Douglas following his introduction for the second quarter. The tit-for-tat nature of the battle continued on the resumption before Douglas reeled off three points on the trot to forge 1-10 to 1-7 ahead at the three-quarter stage.

Just when it seemed as if the game might be slipping away from Clyda, however, they responded with a converted free by Conor Flanagan, to which Sean O'Connell added a fine goal in the 49th minute.

A couple of points from Alan Cadogan, which sandwiched a converted free by Paul Cronin, enabled Douglas to survive, 2-9 to 1-12, in normal time, and it was notable that Chris Kenny had found it increasingly difficult to keep Cadogan in check in the second half.

As things transpired, Cadogan proved a trump card for Douglas, bagging the match-winning score in the 74th minute, but Kevin Conlon also played a leading role up front, with both players chipping in with five points from play for the winners.

Clyda had lost Paul Cronin to a second yellow-card in the 58th minute and, while they had a full complement of players in extra-time, Cronin's departure was something the luckless losers could have done without.

Still, they twice inched ahead in the first period of extra-time, and Conor O'Sullivan negated a Kevin Conlon point on the turnover before Cadogan had the final say for Douglas.

Scorers

Douglas: K Conlon 0-9 (4f), A Cadogan 0-5, S Powter 1-0, L Dineen (f) and S Collins 0-1 each

Clyda Rovers: P Cronin 1-3 (2f) S O'Connell 1-2, C Flanagan 0-3 (f), Conor O'Sullivan 0-2, J Buckley and Cian O'Sullivan 0-1 each

Douglas: B Boyle; D Sheehan, D Sweeney, J Davis; D Murphy, N Walsh, R Keating; E Cotter, S Wilson; K Flahive, K Conlon, S Powter; S Collins, L Dineen, A Cadogan. Subs: E O'Sullivan for Wilson, 15, A Cullinan for Boyle (injured), 39, C Sheehan for Davis (bc), 48, S McCarthy for Dineen, 54, B Collins for Sheehan (bc), 58, M Dolan for Cotter, ht, et

Clyda Rovers: C Conway; C Kenny, R Carey, Sean Ronayne; C Buckley, P Kissane,J Buckley; K Fitzgerald, C Flanagan; Cian O'Sullivan, P Cronin, Conor O'Sullivan; S O'Connell, D O'Callaghan, Seamus Ronayne. Subs: O O'Hanlon for C Buckley, 40, R Willis (extra time replacement), M Forde for J Buckley, 65

Referee: J Ryan (Macroom)

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