Clyda Rovers 0-12 Aghada 0-7: James Murphy gave an exhibition of point scoring for Clyda Rovers as they defeated Aghada in the third round of the Cork senior football championship at Watergrasshill on Saturday night.

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Majestic James Murphy the driver for Clyda Rovers

Clyda Rovers 0-12 Aghada 0-7: James Murphy gave an exhibition of point scoring for Clyda Rovers as they defeated Aghada in the third round of the Cork senior football championship at Watergrasshill on Saturday night.

Majestic James Murphy the driver for Clyda Rovers

Making light of the difficult underfoot conditions caused by persistent rain, Murphy landed seven points, from play, frees, side-line kicks and a 45 as they condemned their opponents to a relegation final against Clonakilty.

The scoring exploits of the Clyda corner-forward was about the only highlight of a substandard game of football.

Time and again both teams appeared more intent on retaining possession rather than taking their chances when in the scoring zone.

However it was all about winning, staying in the title race and avoiding that dreaded relegation final. That Clyda managed to emerge victorious was mainly due to the superb point scoring of Murphy, and their two former county seniors Ray Carey and Paudie Kissane.

Carey was magnificent at full-back while Kissane was immense throughout the field and inspired his colleagues.

The opening half was a tight affair at the end of which Aghada led 0-5 to 0-4.

The sides were level twice in that opening 30 minutes, and the Mourneabbey side were fortunate not to be further behind as their ‘keeper Cian Conway denied Aaron Barry a goal with a wonder save midway through the half.

The standard of football improved greatly on the changeover with Clyda in particular showing far more drive up front.

The third quarter belonged to them entirely as James Murphy showed his prowess both from play and placed balls — the best of them a sideline ball 30 metres out — kicking four points in a row.

Still Clyda continued to try and walk the ball into the Aghada net and regularly got caught in possession as a result.

Aghada were equally guilty of some very poor finishing, and when the busy Conor Buckley landed a Clyda point, the North Cork side led by double scores, 0-10 to 0-5 at the three- quarter stage.

Aghada needed a goal and while they enjoyed a lot of possession, they found the Clyda rearguard impregnable. With 10 minutes remaining the East Cork side still hadn’t added to their half-time tally, and Pearse O’Neill’s point in the 52nd minute was their first score in 27 minutes of football.

Both sides added a point apiece in the closing minutes as the Mourneabbey side booked their place in the hat for the fourth round draw tomorrow night.

Scorers for Clyda Rovers:

J. Murphy 0-7 (0-4 frees, 0-1 45); C. Flanagan 0-3 (0-1 free); P. Kissane, C. Buckley 0-1 each.

Scorers for Aghada:

P. O’Neill 0-3 (0-1 free); T. O’Neill 0-2; J. Looney, A. Barry (free) 0-1 each.

CLYDA ROVERS:

C. Conway; C. Kenny, R. Carey, R. Ronayne; R. Willis, K. Fitzgerald, N. O’Mullane; P. Kissane, F. O’Shea; Cian O’Sullivan, C. Flanagan, G. Carey; J. Murphy, D. O’Callaghan, Conor O’Sullivan.

Sub:

C. Crowley for Willis (50).

AGHADA:

C. O’Shea; K., O’Connor, B. Hennessy, E. Leahy; S. Wall, JP O’Connor, C. Power; P. O’Neill, T.O’Neill; J. O’Shea, R. Power, T. Hartnett; A. Barry, C. O’Driscoll, J. Looney.

Subs:

A. O’Connell for Wall (5); C.O’Donoghue for C. Power (45); M.O’Connor for Looney (50); J., O’Donoghue for R. Power (55).

Referee,

D. O’Leary (Kiskeam).

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