Rangers went into the game as reigning Cork, Munster and All-Ireland intermediate champions, but they could never come to grips with the slickness of their opponents, who had this game well and truly won by half-time when they led 1-11 to 0-1 after playing with the strong wind.
Clon were magnificent in everything they did. Their pace and passing movements were superb and the fact that all of their scores came from play speaks volumes for the accuracy of their attack.
All six forwards got on the scoresheet, but the contributions of Conrad Murphy, Colin O’Donovan, and Colm Callanan were immense.
Clon had the strong wind to their back for the first half after winning the toss and made maximum use of it. Playing superb football they carved open the Carbery defence with ease.
Clon won every breaking ball around the middle of the field and their eager forwards, led by Conrad Murphy proceeded to kick over a litany of points to storm into an 1-5 to nil lead after 15 minutes.
The Rosscarbery side were badly in need of a score to settle the nerves but they wasted a chance of a point when Niall Hayes opted to take a quick close in free but drove it wide. The Clon tactic of breaking the ball away from the two tall Carbery midfielders, Michael O’Sullivan and Kevin McMahon, worked well and, with every one of their eager forwards keen to score, they forged 1-10 to nil in front by the 28th minute and it looked as if Carbery would go in at the break without a score. Fortunately Maurice Moore saved them that embarrassment and they trailed 1-11 to 0-1 at the short whistle.
Carbery employed the Clon tactic of breaking the ball around midfield for the second half and were given a glimmer of hope with two quick points, but Clon were never going to let this game slip away and effectively killed Carbery off with a second goal in the 40th minute. Again the industrious Brendan Walsh was the instigator and he put Martin O’Brien in for the score. By the end of the third quarter they had stretched their lead to 2-13 to 0-4 and Carbery were a spent force. To cap a marvellous day for Clon, the hugely impressive Colm Callanan drilled home a third goal.
: Clonakilty: C. Callanan 1-4; M. O’Brien, P. Griffin 1-0 each; C. Murphy, C. O’Donovan 0-3 each; B. Walsh 0-2; C. McManus, D. Murphy, D. Lyons 0-1 each. Carbery Rangers: M. Moore 0-5 (0-4 frees, 0-1 45); K. McMahon, J. Fitzpatrick, Sean Hayes (free) 0-01 each.
: P. O’Regan; T. O’Sullivan, T. Anglin, B. Murphy; D. Murphy, N. Griffin, N. Hayes; B. Walsh, C. McManus; C. O’Donovan, C. Murphy, D. Lyons; M. O’Brien, C. Callanan, P. Griffin. Subs: D. O’Brien for B. Murphy; L. Lyons for McManus; E. O’Brien for B. Walsh.
: K. Santry; J. Murphy, E. Murphy, S. Hayes; G. Ryan, A. Roche, P. Whyte; M. O’Sullivan, K. McMahon; S. Hayes, N. Hayes, D. Creedon; D. Hayes, J. Fitzpatrick, M. Moore. Subs: J. Kingston for Creedon; A. Ronan for Roche; J. McCarthy for N. Hayes.
: J. Geaney (Kilshannig).