Champs St Finbarr's put on a formidable show against Clyda

Champs St Finbarr's put on a formidable show against Clyda
High-flying goalscorer Colm Keane, St Finbarr's, fists the ball past the Clyda goalkeeper Elliot Sheehan. Picture: Larry Cummins. 

St Finbarr’s 3-12 Clyda Rovers 0-6

CHAMPIONS St Finbarr’s experienced little difficulty in making a successful first defence of their county senior football championship title in a one-sided win over Clyda Rovers at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday evening.

There was a huge gulf in class as reflected in the scoreline.

The Barrs had the game in the bag at half-time, leading by 1-8 to 0-2, after playing with the wind.

Clyda’s cause wasn’t helped by the sad sight of big Dan O’Callaghan being helped off after falling awkwardly in only the second minute, robbing his side of a major influence around the middle.

Dashing wing-back Colin Lyons set the tone by bombing forward for the opening point after only 10 seconds and further points followed from Ian Maguire off his left and a couple in quick succession by Stephen Sherlock.

In between new Barrs keeper, Patrick O’Neill, who played under-age with Tyrone, did well to parry a stinging shot from Conor Flanagan.

It took Clyda 17 minutes to register their first point, courtesy of Ronan Flanagan, but the Barrs responded with a Sherlock free from the left before the holders were gifted a goal after 22 minutes.

Clyda keeper Elliott Sheehan tried to go short with the kick-out following Sherlock’s free only to direct it straight to Eoghan McGreevey, who lobbed the ball into the unguarded net for a 1-5 to 0-1 lead.

A Conor Flanagan free brought up Clyda’s second point only for the Barrs to claim the closing three scores of a half, which stretched to almost 37 minutes. Conor Dennehy finished off a flowing move with a fisted effort before a couple of Sherlock frees had the champions in full control, leading by nine points.

The Barrs pounced for their second goal after 37 minutes following a good save by Sheehan to deny Sherlock.

But, from the resulting sideline kick, Maguire floated an inviting ball to the far post, where Colm Keane punched to the net for a 2-9 to 0-3 advantage.

Goal number three arrived six minutes from the end when defender Alan O’Connor found himself in the clear and his shot dipped over Sheehan into the via an upright.

Steven Sherlock, St. Finbarr's kicks a point from a free. Picture: Larry Cummins.
Steven Sherlock, St. Finbarr's kicks a point from a free. Picture: Larry Cummins.

Scorers for St Finbarr’s: S Sherlock 0-7 (0-4 f), E McGreevey, C Keane and A O’Connor 1-0 each, C Lyons, I Maguire, E Comyns, C Dennehy, D O’Brien 0-1 each

Clyda Rovers: C Flanagan 0-3 f, R Flanagan 0-2, P Cronin 0-1.

ST FINBARR’S: P O’Neill; S Ryan, J Burns, A O’Connor; C Lyons, G O’Connor, D Quinn; I Maguire, captain, E Comyns; C Keane, S Sherlock, E Dennehy; E McGreevey, R O’Mahony, C Dennehy.

Subs: C Scully for G O’Connor (half-time), D O’Brien for O’Mahony (40), G O’Connor for Coymns (53)

CLYDA ROVERS: E Sheehan; Sean Ronayne, R Carey, C Kenny; J Buckley, P Kissane, M Forde; C Flanagan, D O’Callaghan; D Buckley, C Kelly, D Walsh; Seamus Ronayne, P Collins, R Flanagan.

Subs: R Willis for O’Callaghan (injured 2), C Buckley for J Buckley (injured) and B O’Connor for Seamus Ronayane (38).

Referee: B Coniry (Crosshaven).

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