Clyda put down quick marker with win over Naomh Abán

Clyda Rovers 0-7 Naomh Abán 0-4

Beaten in the last two finals, the Mourneabbey men served notice of their intentions again with a competent display to nudge themselves into the fourth round.

Far from a spectacle, the driving wind and monsoon-like downpours, resulted in this being little more than a free-riddled, error-strewn affair but the end result was one few in the attendance could argue with.

The Ballyvourney men could have snatched an equaliser with four minutes to go when their imposing centre-forward Shane MacCarthaigh thumped a high ball goalwards which Sheamus Ó Laoghaire did well to knock down to himself.

The full-forward had turned Cork senior Ray Carey with impressive ease and all he needed to do was pick his spot from five yards out but lost his footing and skewed his shot horribly wide.

Playing into the gale-force breeze in the opening spell Clyda dictated matters and played an intelligent brand of keep-ball that frustrated Naomh Abán.

Their fitness was impressive and time after time their wing backs, two midfielders, Paudie Kissane in particular, and two wing forwards swarmed midfield, created overlaps and used corner forward Cian O’Sullivan as often as they could.

O’Sullivan, a Cork minor last year, looked threatening in possession and kicked three smashing points in the first-half, though Kissane can take the some credit for both with two wonderful turnovers in midfield.

Kissane’s partner Fionn O’Shea as well as centre-back Chris Buckley also impressed during that spell.

They held a 0-3 to 0-1 lead approaching the break but Naomh Abán produced their best spell and former Cork senior Micheál Ó Cróinín showed his class with two booming points in the space of a minute.

The first came from play after Shane MacCarthaigh robbed Ray Carey of possession while the second came from a long-range free.

Naomh Abán went into the lead for the first time on 38 minutes when Ó Cróinín tapped over a close-in free but Carey quickly tied the game up when he galloped 60m before slipping over a neat point.

Though their wides tally mounted to seven for the second-half, Clyda enjoyed their best spell and Gavin Carey put them in front again after being set up by Conor Flanagan before Derek O’Brien made it a two-point game on the three-quarter mark.

Kissane curled over a smashing free with nine minutes remaining but Naomh Abán weren’t finished and with Anthony Lynch driving them on from defence they came in search of an equalising goal.

Unfortunately for them Ó Laoghaire’smiss was their last chance.

Scorers for Clyda Rovers: C O’Sullivan 0-3, P Kissane (1f), R Carey, D O’Brien and G Carey 0-1 each.

Scorers for Naomh Abán: M Ó’Cróinín 0-3 (0-2f), S MacCarthaigh 0-1.

CLYDA ROVERS: C Conway; N O’Mullane, R Carey, C Kenny; M O’Brien, C Buckley, K Fitzgerald; P Kissane, F O’Shea; C Flanagan, P O’Mullane, G Carey; C O’Sullivan, D O’Brien, J Murphy.

Subs: O O’Hanlon for A O’Brien inj. (18), J O’Sullivan for D O’Brien (51).

NAOMH ABAN: S Ó hUidhir; S Ó Riada, S Ó Mathuna, T Ó Scannaill; C deHide, A Ó Loingsigh, C Ó Loingshigh; M Ó Laoghaire, A Hankus; D Ó Croinin, S MacCarthaigh, M Ó’Cróinín; S A MacCarthaigh, S Ó Laoghaire, D Ó Suilleabháin.

Subs: J MacCarthaigh for S Ó Laoghaire (50).

Referee: Kevin Murphy (Nemo Rangers).

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