Inspired by Cork senior footballer, Paudie Kissane, Clyda led 0-6 to 0-2 at the break and held Castletownbere scoreless for over 40 minutes before easing to victory.
Kissane’s 35th minute goal effectively ended the tie as a contest with the centre-forward contributing 1-4.
Conor O’Sullivan, Gavin Carey and Fionn O’Shea also impressed and Clyda coach John Walsh was quick to heap praise on his team’s efforts.
“This was a good win as Castletownbere are never easy to beat, especially after winning the Intermediate grade last year. Paudie Kissane will rightly grab all the headlines but this was a real team effort.”
Castletownbere began without the services of the suspended Andrew O’Sullivan as well as the absent Enda Wiseman, Colin Sheehan and Alan O’Regan.
One point from open play during the entire hour tells its own story and the Beara side will struggle to survive at this grade unless big improvements are made in the coming months.
The sides were level at two points apiece after the opening quarter with Dave Fenton and Dean Murphy (free) on target for Castletownbere and Paudie Kissane (free) and Conor O’Sullivan raising white flags for Clyda.
Despite playing into a galeforce wind, Rovers took control and added four additional points through Fionn O’Shea, Declan Roche and two Kissane frees to lead by four at the break.
Castletownbere’s struggles in front of goal resulted in 12 wides and allowed Clyda to dominate the entire second half. Paudie Kissane soloed through for a point on 34 minutes and followed that effort up with a superb goal shortly afterwards to make it 1-7 to 0-2.
A converted Dean Murphy free was Castletownbere’s only score of the second-half before late Gavin Carey and Conor Flanagan points put the seal on a 1-9 to 0-3 win.
Such was their dominance that Clyda could even afford to leave Cork senior Ray Carey on the bench as an used substitute but his services will be required in the coming rounds.
John Walsh commented: “Ray only came back on Friday night but was the first man down training. He was on the bench today but thankfully we didn’t need him but he’ll see action before long”.
Based on this performance and with Carey yet to be added to the fray, Clyda Rovers, under the guidance of John Walsh and Ned English will have a big say in the destination of this year’s Premier title.
Scorers for Castletownbere: D Murphy 0-2 (2f) and D Fenton 0-1.
Scorers for Clyda Rovers: P Kissane 1-4 (3f), C O’Sullivan 0-1, F O’Shea 0-1, D Roche 0-1, C Flanagan 0-1 and G Carey 0-1.
CASTLETOWNBERE: J Power; JJ O’Leary, D Wiseman, L Harrington; T Collins, L Hanley, K O’Sullivan; S McCarthy, D Fenton; J Walsh, S O’Regan, D Murphy; G Healy, J Creedon, R Dillane.
Subs: D Hegarty for S O’Regan (50); CLYDA ROVERS: C O’Donoghue; K Fitzgerald, C Buckley, C Kenny; S O’Connell, F O’Shea, N O’Mullane; J O’Hanlon, C Flanagan; C O’Sullivan, P Kissane, G Carey; C O’Sullivan, P O’Mullane, D Roche.
Subs: R Willis for C O’Sullivan (26), C Roynane for G Carey (55), J Fitzgerald for C Buckley (55) Referee: D O’Leary (Kiskeam).