Carbery Rangers 1-7 Clyda Rovers 0-8: An opportunist 45th minute goal by Declan Hayes proved the decisive score in this sterile and disappointing Cork SFC second round tie at Coachford yesterday.
There appeared to be no danger as Clyda goalkeeper Conor O’Donoghue lined up a kick-out into the strong wind but his poorly struck kick deflected into the hands of Hayes who dispatched it to the net to give his side the lead for the first time.
Last year’s defeated finalists drove on from there to ensure their name is in the hat for the fourth round draw.
Unfortunately the game fell well short of what one would expect from a senior championship tie. Both teams opted to play the possession game which frustrated the small crowd, and did nothing to lift the standard on offer.
Understandably the Rosscarbery camp was a much relieved outfit at the final whistle.
“It wasn’t pretty but we won and that’s all that matters,” said team mentor Michael O’Sullivan.
“We went into the game minus three key players due to injury, knew Clyda would make it difficult for us, but we have a very honest, totally committed group of players, and more importantly, a very strong bench and the lads we used today did extremely well.”
Clyda won the toss and elected to play with the strong wind. The long ball into the Carbery defence was the obvious tactic but strangely the Mourneabbey team preferred to play the possession game which suited the hard-tackling Rosscarbery side.
Both teams opted to get men behind the ball when they lost possession which meant, from the 45 metre line in, it was particularly crowded, with the result scores that were hard to come by.
The sides were level twice in the opening 10 minutes before Clyda took a grip on proceedings.
Paudie Kissane at centre-back and Niall O’Mullane on his left began on win a lot of possession, and with James Murphy sure-footed both from play and frees, they turned over 0-5 to 0-3 in front, but it didn’t seem to be enough given the strength of the wind.
Clyda continued to frustrate their opponents with the possession game and they stretched their lead with a James Murphy point from a 30-metre free.
Carbery struggled to get their hands on the ball, but Clyda began to lose possession in the tackle and in two breakaway attacks, Rangers had the deficit down to the minimum by the end of the third quarter, thanks to points by the Hayes’, Declan and Seamus.
Carbery continued to come more and more into the game as the half wore on and that bad mistake by the Clyda ‘netminder which resulted in a Declan Hayes goal gave them the lead for the first time.
There was a lot more urgency in Clyda’s play now as they found themselves in arrears for the first time, but points by the excellent Cian O’Sullivan and Conor Flanagan tied the game for the third time and extra-time beckoned.
However, twice Clyda lost possession in the tackle and were punished each time with points by James Fitzpatrick and sub Christopher O’Donovan as Carbery ensured they stay in the title race while the North Cork side await the draw to know their opponents in Round 3.
Scorers for Carbery Rangers:
D. Hayes (1-1); S. Hayes (0-2); K. Fitzpatrick, J. Fitzpatrick, J. Hayes, C. O’Donovan (0-1 each).
Scorers for Clyda:
J. Murphy (0-2, 1 free, 1 ‘45’); C. O’Sullivan, C. Flanagan (0-2 each); K. Fitzgerald (0-1).
P. Shanahan; R. Hegarty, T. O’Rourke, A. Roche; S. Murray, P. Hodnett, R. Kiely; B. Shanahan, J. Fitzpatrick; A. Jennings, J. Hayes, C. O’Rourke; D. Hayes, S. Hayes, K. Fitzpatrick.
C. O’Donovan for C. O’Rourke (35).
C. O’Donoghue; C. Kenny, R. Carey, S. Ronayne; R. Willis, P. Kissane, N. O’Mullane; K. Fitzgerald, C. Flanagan; C. O’Sullivan, J. Murphy, G. Carey; S., O’Connell, D. Roche, D. O’Callaghan.
R. Walsh for R. Willis (55).
J. Bermingham (Bride Rovers).
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