Clyda U14 Hurlers through to semi final 2013-06-11 12:18:00

Clyda through to U14 Semi-final

Clyda Rovers qualified for the HSS U14 Hurling championship final with a well-merited win over a strongly-fancied Banteer side in a thrilling quarter-final in Churchtown last Monday evening. Both Clyda and Banteer had performed impressively in their respective first-round wins but Banteer entered the game as favourites with a blend of very skilful hurlers through their team.

Clyda got off to a perfect start with a goal from Dylan Flanagan but as the game settled Banteer replied with a point. Ben O'Connor pointed before Banteer equalised with a goal following some hesitancy in defence by Clyda. The skilful and bigger Banteer side looked to be gaining control at this stage but Clyda knuckled down and two Sean O'Shea frees regained the lead before Adam Walsh pulled on the sliotar and scored from 25m out. Daniel Fitzpatrick and William "The Rock" Cronin were dominating defensively at this stage with David Walsh getting stronger and stronger as the game progressed and Sean O'Callaghan also cleared a lot of ball. Eamon Doherty worked incredibly hard to give Clyda the edge at midfield and the whole team harried and hassled their opponents throughout the field.

At the start of the second half Ben O'Connor whipped in a great goal from a cross-field ball by Conor Corbett and sent another effort narrowly wide but Clyda then failed to clear a long range effort from Banteer and were punished by a goal. With Daragh Buckley who had a great tussle with his opponent gaining the upper hand, Clyda continued to look the stronger side. Adam Walsh sent a rasper of a ground stroke to the net from over 30m with Banteer scoring a point in reply. Two points from outstanding young player Conor Corbett sandwiched a Banteer goal. Another good Dylan Flanagan goal looked to have put Clyda in a commanding position but Banteer replied with a pointed 65 and then struck for a goal to put the game back into the melting pot. Banteer were throwing everything at Clyda at this stage and goalkeeper Dominic Cronin produced some vital saves. Sean O'Shea calmly pointed a free and Ben O'Connor also pointed to steady Clyda nerves. Another Banteer goal looked to have Clyda in trouble but Clyda replied in style with Ben O'Connor breaking forward before crashing the ball to the net to seal the game on a score of Clyda 6-07 Banteer 5-03. Clyda will now face Ballyhooley next Monday night in the semi-final with Castletownroche as the probable venue. Team: Dominic Cronin, Sean O Callaghan, Daniel Fitzpatrick, Darragh Buckley, William Cronin, David Walsh, Eamon Doherty, Ben O Connor, Adam Walsh, Dylan Flanagan, Sean O Shea, Conor Corbett, Sean Kelly, Matthew Cronin, Michael O'Callaghan, Pierce Buckley, Kevin Walsh.

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