All-Ireland intermediate football semi-final 2014-01-28 12:14:00

Clyda Rovers dream of a Croke Park appearance ended last Sunday afternoon in a wintery Ballinasloe. Two Kiltane goals in the closing ten minutes of the first half were to prove the difference between the sides at the final whistle. Up to this there were only two points between the sides, Clyda defending well despite playing against gale force winds. Padraic O'Mullane and Conor O'Sullivan got two Clyda points, with James Murphy getting the third of Clyda's first half scores, a pointed free, leaving it 2-7 to 0-3 at the short whistle, Kiltane adding two further points to their tally. Clyda did not go down without a fight however and came out battling in the second half. Loosing Chris Buckley and Oliver O Hanlon to injury in the second half, along with the loss of Kenneth Fitzgerald, three very influential players was a deadly blow to the side. Kiltane got the opening point of the second half, followed by three unanswered Clyda points, the first from substitute Seamus Ronayne, which on another day might have gone in the back of the net, and a point each from Paudie Kissane and Conor Flanagan. Clyda were awarded a penalty in the latter part of the half, which Paudie put over the bar. Two further late points from Conor Flanagan and substitute Sean O Connell brought the final score to 2-9 to 0-9. Although this is not the ending everybody wanted, we are so proud of the journey this great team has taken the whole Community, County, and Provence on since the summer of 2013. From the opening rounds to the never to be forgotten scenes of jubilation in Pairc UI Chaoimh when we won the County, to the Munster Semi Final and Final in the Gaelic Grounds, to the All Ireland Semi Final in Ballinasloe last Sunday. Summer has run into Autumn, Autumn into Winter, and here we all are heading to the Spring after this unforgettable campaign. A huge thanks to the large numbers who travelled to Ballinasloe on Sunday in atrocious weather conditions to cheer on the black and amber. Thanks to all the clubs and individuals who sent inspiring messages of encouragement, all of which are greatly appreciated. Great credit is due to Team Manager John Walsh, Coach Ned English, Cormac O’Sullivan, Brian Flanagan, Jerry O’Sullivan and Vincent Twomey for their huge commitment to the team. And to each and every member of the panel, all there is to say is "well done, we are so proud " and "let the Senior Campaign begin".


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