THERE was palpable disappointment for Clyda Rovers club members following their draw with the Dohenys in their SAFC clash at Inniscarra last weekend.
Clyda Rovers and Dohenys played out a draw, 0-11 to 1-8, a final result which suited neither team. Dohenys required a comfortable win to advance, while Clyda needed to win to reach the knockout stages.
In a tense finale, both sides missed numerous chances to win which was reflected in the acute frustration felt by the teams after the final whistle sounded. Clyda Rovers treasurer Liam Cronin was bitterly disappointed with the result.
“It was a gutting result. It is a horrible feeling. We have been here a few times. We won the Premier Intermediate in 2013.
“2014 was our high-water year, but in recent years we have been paddling. Our results have been very mixed.”
Clyda Rovers were drawn in a tough group which comprised of Bandon, Dohenys and Fermoy.
Clyda lost their opening game against Bandon which always ensured they were chasing to get out of their group.
Liam feels their defeat against Bandon was a huge factor in their failure to reach the knockout stages.
“We had high hopes going into our first game, but it didn’t work out for us. We approached the Fermoy game with optimism and we were fortunate to get two late goals to win.
“It covered up a few cracks, but it put energy back into our camp. We came into the Dohenys game knowing the task which was ahead of us.
“We upped our game in the second half, but we never moved too far ahead and ultimately that caught us in the end.”
Central to Clyda’s second-half resurgence was another great performance from former Cork senior star Paudie Kissane.
“I run out of superlatives when talking about Paudie. He is an inspiration.
“A lot of our lads put in a great shift. We went down fighting which is all you can ask for. All the coaches and players put in a huge effort all year.
“Games are decided by very small margins. The future is bright for the club, however. We have a lot of young lads who featured against Dohenys.
“We had 24 players togged out for a recent minor championship game. There is great work going on behind the scenes.”
Attention for Clyda Rovers now reverts to divisional hurling action.
He is looking forward to the club defending their title.
“We are due to play Glanworth. We are the reigning champions. We will do our best now to regain our title.”