Clyda Are Munster Champions 2013-11-26 16:36:00

What a year 2013 has been for Clyda Rovers Gaa, their players, mentors and supporters. The pride and the joy amongst all from Clyda was palpable in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick on a most glorious and historical day last Saturday. The opening ten minutes were nerve wrecking from a Clyda point of view, with St Joseph's powering into a four point lead , and Clyda getting some unforced wides. Clyda did settle in the second quarter though and with six unanswered points lead at the short whistle , four from James Murphy and one from Conor Flanagan, leaving it 6 points to 4 points. Clyda added two further points to their tally at the start of the second half, one each from Paudie Kissane and James Murphy, leaving four between the sides. St Joseph's got their first score in over thirty minutes next when they converted a free but this was soon cancelled out at the other end, when a run through by the very effective Fionn O Shea lead to a lovely point from Chris Buckley. St Joseph 's got the next score leaving it 9 points to 6 points, before a great run from Ray Carey to Paudie Kissane, who laid off the ball to Padraic O Mullane resulted in a superb point , to the delight of the Clyda supporters. The last few minutes of the game remained tense, St Joseph 's popped over a free, reducing the margin to 3 points in the dying minutes of the game. Even though they battled hard, there was no way through the Clyda defence for them and the final score read 10 points to 7 points, Clyda being more than deserving winners. Clyda as a team have to be commended for their work rate throughout. As in previous games, it was pure team effort that made them Munster Intermediate Football Champions, bringing glory to both their Club and County. Team captain Oliver O Hanlon commended his team mates for their work and dedication, and thanked the Club Committee and all the Clyda supporters for their contribution and support all year. Special thanks went to mentors Cormac O Sullivan, Jerry O Sullivan, Brian Flanagan, Vincent Twomey, John Walsh and Caroline Coughlan. A huge thanks goes to Coach Ned English, who since joining the Club this year has brought a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this Clyda side. His special blend of football has lead this Clyda side to unbelievable glory. Next up is a meeting with Connacht Champions Kiltane of Mayo in the All Ireland Semi Final in mid January. For now all in Clyda look forward to an especially special Christmas


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