O’Mullane shines as Clyda stand firm to earn semi spot

CLYDA ROVERS are just one game away from a third successive Premier IFC final after they overcame Macroom in a dour quarter-final at Donoughmore on Saturday evening.

While there was just a score between the teams at the end, Clyda never looked like being denied passage to a semi-final clash with Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, having scored all but one of their points in the first half, at the end of which they led by 0-7 to 0-2.

In the second period, solid defending from the north Cork side, exemplified by the outstanding performance of Niall O’Mullane at centre-back, did enough to frustrate Macroom. Last year’s IFC champions were generally restricted to long-range efforts, kicking seven wides for their three points.

O’Mullane’s brother Padraig pulled the strings for Clyda at centre-forward, spraying the ball about well before his injury-enforced departure around the three-quarter mark, while Paudie Kissane got through a wealth of work around the middle, snapping up the bulk of the breaks.

The Cork star also weighed in with a super point, a left-footed effort from the sideline on the 45 in the 27th minute. That opened up a 0-6 to 0-1 lead as Clyda made the most of the elements behind them, James Murphy and Derek O’Brien scoring two points each.

It took Macroom until the 19th minute to get off the mark through David Goold, by which stage they trailed by three. The same player scored the last point of the half after Padraig O’Mullane had put Clyda 0-7 to 0-1 ahead, but even turning to play with the wind, effecting a fightback looked a tall order for the Muskerry side.

Murphy’s third point for Clyda, a good move involving the impressive Ray Carey and Conor Flanagan, made the task all the tougher, but the relocation of Fintan Goold to midfield from centre-back helped Macroom gain some foothold.

Two points in three minutes, from David Goold and sub Andrew Hegarty, cut the gap to 0-8 to 0-4 by the 43rd minute, but four wides in-a-row stymied their momentum as Clyda put up a dogged resistance.

Seven minutes remained when Philip Corrigan scored a fine point to cut the gap to three after he intercepted a Kissane pass, but that was as close as they would come, with Clyda refusing to yield any late goal chances.

Scorers for Clyda Rovers: J Murphy 0-3 (1f), D O’Brien 0-2, P Kissane, C Flanagan (1f), P O’Mullane 0-1 each.

Scorers for Macroom: D Goold 0-3 (2fs), A Hegarty, P Corrigan 0-1 each.

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

Subs: C Lane for P O’Mullane (inj. 43), D Quirke for O’Brien (49), Conor O’Sullivan for Flanagan (52), J O’Sullivan for Fitzgerald (56).

MACROOM: J O’Connell; P Lynch, E O’Mahony, R Buckley; G Angland, F Goold, C Murphy; P Corrigan, S Kiely; B Lynch, J Goold, O Murphy; B Lynch, D Goold, SD Quinlan.

Subs: A Hegarty for O Murphy (27), I Casey for B Lynch (27), C O’Sullivan for Quinlan (ht), S Casey for B Lynch (48).

Referee: C Lane (Banteer).

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