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Records exist going back to 1888 that Gaelic Games toke place in the Parish of Mourneabbey. In the early days of the GAA the club played under the name Mourneabbey.Records show that Mourneabbey contested a Junior Football County against Canovee in 1911.However on that occasion they lost. Through out the 20's 30's & 40's the Club played with little success. In the Mid 1950's hurling became strongest in the parish and a first North Cork Title was won in Novice Grade in 1955, and a Football title followed in 1956 Mourneabbey GAA Club was renamed Clyda Rovers in 1957 after The River Clyda which meanders through the parish of Mourneabbey on its way to join the River Blackwater.In the 1960's the club won a number of novice football Cork titles, the win in 1967 in particular was a great boost to the club. Families such as the O' Mullanes, the O'Sullivans, the Cronin's were the backbone of the Club, those surnames would pop up again in future Clyda teams. The Juvenile Club was formed in the Late 70's and this was the spring board for the success Clyda would achieve throughout the end og the century.The late 70's saw Clyda make the jump to Junior A ranks and they were making a big impact, the 3 game saga against Grange in 1978 the highlight of there time up. But when 1980 came we saw the beginning of the Glory Years.

The North Cork final in 1980 was where it all began. The very first North Cork Junior A title was won against allyclough in Mallow. That year saw Clyda reach the Junior A county final against Kilmurry in Pairc Ui chaoimh, However every thing that could go wrong did go wrong and Clyda were beaten by a score line of Clyda Rovers 0-1 Kilmurry 1-4.Many People believed that Clyda could go on in future years and win both the North Cork and the County. However good teams like Kilshannig, Doneraile and Mallow proved a big obstacle.

1985 was the year that hurling got its chance and a first North Cork Junior A hurling title was won after a replay against Kilworth.Clyda bowed out in the County first round to Ballymartle, but it had been a very successful year all the same.
1986 was a year when an attempt at the North Cork Junior A double was made.Clyda played Charleville in the hurling at Buttevant.Clyda were beaten by 2 points.The Football team were more successful however, Clyda winning the North Cork against Kildorrey by 3 points. The County run came unstuck however against Valley Rovers in Coachford.
1987 began where 1986 left off and Clyda again won the North Cork Junior A football Championship for the 3rd time.however leading Lough Rivers by 5 points with 10 minutes to go it looked that Clyda rovers would continue there run in the County Championship, but Lough Rovers had other ideas and 2 quick goals, and Clyda were out The 3 in a row North Corks in Junior A football was achieved in 1988.Under the guidance of Pat O' Shea, father to centre back Mick and former Kerry football selector.Clyda reached there second county final against Naomh abhan from Ballyvourney. In a very close game Clyda came back from being 5 points down into the first half to draw level with 10 minutes to go, however Naomh abhan pipped it in the end by 1 point 1-8 2-4.The team were gutted after the game, they came so close to winning there first county title.
So Clyda had to regroup for 1989, perhaps the greatest year in the clubs history. Clyda had failed before in 1986, for there quest in winning the Junior A North Cork double.

Clyda had failed before in 1986, for there quest in winning the Junior A North Cork double. 1989 changed that, the first final was the hurling. In Castletownroche Clyda played Shanballymore.It was a great game of hurling from both teams and when the Clyda corner back Billy Barry was sent off it looked all over
for the Clyda men, but through to their nature they battled back and were level going into injury time. That was when Timmy O' Callaghan had a free on the 65 to win the match. Timmy made no mistake and the first part of the double was achieved. In the football Clyda faced rivals Kildorrey in Killavullen.A tough game of football followed, but in the end history was made.Clyda had won the north Cork Junior A football title 4 times in a row 1986-89,
and the historic double was achieved. Other wins that year included the U21 B football title, Minor B football
title(Won for the first time) and the two North Cork league titles in both Junior A football and Hurling.

But it was in the County where the year was really made. In the football Clyda faced Knocknagree in the first round. Despite a Mick O' Shea penalty Clyda were beaten by 3 points and the county finalists of 88 were out. It was however in the hurling where Clyda caused the greatest surprise. Not given a chance against Midleton's second team, Clyda played out of there skins in Castletownroche to make the semi final of the junior A county. Under the guidance of Bill Mullane from Kanturk and Johnny Looney Clyda's were hurling quite well. The semi final toke place in Kanturk where they faced Duhallow Champions Kilbrin,
Paudie Curtins two goals proved the difference and Clyda were now in the County Junior A hurling Final. There opposition were Ballinascarthy from West Cork. A small club like Clyda they too were going for there first title. The venue was Pairc Ui Chaoimh and everyone from Mourneabbey hoped and prayed that Clyda Could finally win a county. It was an epic match with Clyda leading for most of it but with 10 minutes to go Ballinascarthy goaled, it looked like 88 all over again. But Clyda got a late free 50 yards out, and magnificent wing back Timmy O' Callaghan stood up to take it. But cool as you like Timmy drew Clyda level, and the game ended in a draw Clyda 0-12 Ballinscarthy 2-6.Cloughduv was the venue for the replay, and if the first game was good then this was even better. Down 6 points with 12 minutes left it look all over for Clyda.But the Clyda men were not going to lose there second county in a row. Brendan Kelleher hit 3 inspiring points, to draw Clyda closer. Then super sub Con O' Sullivan drew Clyda level. With Noel Carey, John Roche brilliant in the backs Clyda swarmed forward. With 1 minute to go centre back Noel Carey gave a hand pass to Martin Hanlon, and Martin gave Clyda the lead.Ballinscarthy missed a late 65 to draw the game, and when Joe O' Leary the ref blew full time. There were scenes of absolute joy,Clyda had finaly won a County, and so 1989 came to an end Clyda's greatest year.

For the first time ever in 1990 Clyda rovers had two teams in both hurling and football up intermediate.The hurlers remarkably drew Ballinascarthy in the first round. They had also decided to go up.It wasn't the classic of the Junior Hurling final but the result was the same ,Clyda winning 3-3, to Ballinscarthys 0-9.They were however beaten by inniscarra in the next round. The footballers lost to Kilmurry after extra time in a replay of the QF. The high point of the year in the club was the u21 hurlers winning the north Cork title for the first time.

1991 was a year that the Clyda intermediate footballers set out on trying to win some silverware. The 3 game saga against Castletownbere was the highlight of the year.Clyda had to make 3 trips to Driomoleague before Clyda finally saw off the men from Beara.Clyda reached the semi final where they played Ballincollig in Donoughmore.However Clyda did not play well enough and the loss of Mick O' shea with a broken leg sealed Clyda's fate. The year was not at a total loss as Clyda reached the intermediate League final against Nemo Rangers. On a foggy day in Donoughmore Clyda won there first title. The hurlers however were beaten in the first round by St Finbarrs and a decision was made that they should regrade.The U21 footballers also brought back a title to the club winning there 2nd title in 3 years.

1992 dawned with the draw for the championship pitting Clyda against near rivals Kilshannig.Kilshannig had been Senior for a number of years and had failed to make an impact thus regrading.What was built as a classic never really was, but it was a tough championship encounter.Clyda in fairness were all over Kilshannig and shot an amazing 19 wides over the hour. They also had the luxury of missing a second half penalty, but in the end they came out winners 0-9 to 0-7.The next round Castle martyr awaited. It toke Clyda two games to over come the east cork men .A late Fergal Dorgan point the first day saving clyda from being knocked out .In the replay a Robert Walsh goal proved vital in what in the end was an easy win 1-10 to 0-6. So in the quarter final Clyda faced another local derby against Mallow in Glantane.On that night Clyda never really got going and a second half penalty proved the difference, Clyda losing 1-10 to 0-10.Mallow went onto win the county and Clyda were left wondering how close they really were.

1993 was the year of the JuniorB and Under21 double. Under the guidance of John Lane, Eddie Walsh and Jimmy Macglinchey Clyda had a very successful year. In the junior B championship Clyda had a 3 game marathon against fermoy in shanballymore.In the end Clyda came out victors. They faced Rathluric in the final and the introduction of Denis Corbett proved the difference, Clyda 4-8 to Rathluric 0-4.In the U21 championship the semi-final saw Clyda face Doneraile.Doneraile had a fine side and were expected to overcome the Clyda challenge, however clyda reached yet another u21 final. Here they faced Buttevant and a close game ensued .But in the end Clyda were champs by the slightest of margins 0-7 to 0-6.The junior Hurlers had no success being defeated by Dromina.It was however in the intermediate championship where Clyda came so close to reaching the County final. Leading Bantry Bules by a point with time up in the semi Final , history looked certain. However up stepped Kevin Harrington to kick a 50 metre free over the Bar. In the replay Bantry outplayed Clyda and in the end came out easy victors. They went on to win the title and two years later won the Senior title.

After the highs and lows of 1993 clyda people wondered what awaited them in 1994.An easy win over st Michael's second team in the first round set up a second round game yet again with kilshannig.On a Sunday afternoon in Mallow Clyda toke on kilshannig, a place in the next round awaited. With 10 minutes to go it looked like Clyda were on there way out. Down 3 points and time ticking away. But the never say die spirit of Clyda Rovers came to the fore and a late Padraig Mullane point drew the game. The replay was played on an awful night for football. Like 91 Clyda were all over Kilshannig and kicked a lot of wides.With 5 minutes to go the sides were level 4 points a piece, but a late point by John Walsh saw Clyda take the lead by 0-5 to 0-4.Thats where the score ended .Clyda had recorded a famous victory over the neighbours.In the semi final Clyda faced Urhan from west Cork.Clyda won easily by 0-17 to 0-9.For the first time in there history Clyda had reached a County Intermediate final. The parish was a wash with flags leading up to the final and hopes were high that Clyda could overcome the Ballincollig side. Played before the Senior County ,22000 people attended the Park that day. Both sides were even enough in the first quater.The Game however turned half way through the first half.Clyda early on were denied a perfectly good goal by Tommy Macglinchey.Ref Eddie Murphy saying it was a square goal(It would not be the Last time that Eddie Murphy would come in conflict with Clyda :see 1995)
Ballincollig got the first break indeed they got two.Two goals in the space of a few minutes and Clyda were rocked.Clyda true to there nature did respond with a magnificent goal by Ger Lane. They were 3 down at the break. It was however Ballincollig who took control in the second half and outplayed Clyda for long parts of the game. A Mick Shea penalty did close the gap to 3 with 5 minutes to go. But it was to be Ballincolligs day.1995 was the start of a new year in trying to bring back that coveted title. Well if the 94 county final heartbreak was hard to take, then 1995 was worse. The year started with a first round game against Macroom.A tough game followed in Donoughmore with Clyda just coming out winners in the end 1-10 to 1-7.Clyda proceeded to play good football over the summer and had made there 3rd semi final in a row. There they faced Dohenys from West Cork. It would take two games to decide the outcome. The first game proved to be a great game of football.Clyda leading for most of it, but Dohenys had taken a late lead heading for injury time. But up stepped Captain Fantastic Cormac O' Sullivan and he drew the game. The second game was a game which everyone agrees that Clyda blew.Dohenys were down to 14 men for most of the game and still Clyda could not pull away from them. Like the first game they were down by a point with 30 seconds left.Clyda were attacking looking to bring the game into injury time when Ref Eddie Murphy blew the full time whistle before time.Clyda players and mentors converged on Murphy telling him that time was not up, but knowing him from 94 , his decision was final.Clyda were out. And like the last 4 years the team that beat Clyda went on to win the county and Dohenys just did that.

Most teams would just fade away after coming so close to winning a county each year. But the never say die spirit of this team was there to be seen. If clyda were to win the 1996 championship they would have to overcome the hard side of the draw starting off. The first round game against Valley Rovers was going to be a crunch one. Both teams had been knocking on the door for the past few years. The game took place on a lovely Saturday night in Blarney. It was a close game all through. it for tat scoring. But in the final 5 minutes Clyda pulled away , Tommy Macglinchey scoring a vital fisted point near the end.
Macroom awaited in the quarter final in Bouherbue.Everyone knew this was going to be a close run game and so it proved. The first half was as tight as could be even up an extra man Macroom seemed to half the upper hand on Clyda.A near miss at the start of the second half by Macroom on the Clyda goal spelled the danger signs. But 2 scores in the space of a minute changed the game totally great goal by centre forward Tommy Mac and a point by corner Forward John Walsh had clyda in a commanding position. When the final whistle went Clyda were victors 1-10 to 0-11.Yet another semi final awaited Clyda this time against Millstreet.On a Saturday night in Newmarket Clyda reached another intermediate final when they were by far the better team than Millstreet.Attentions now turned toward s the final and a meeting with little known Carrigaline.But Clyda's preparations were delt a massive blow when Tommy Macglinchey broke his leg in a North Cork Hurling championship game against fermoy.He was having a fantastic year and he would be a massive loss. But if there was one man to replace him the selectors need have not looked very far as Jerry O' Sullivan was given one last chance to win a county football medal. So September the 8th dawned a day never to be forgotten in the annuals of Clyda Rovers GAA Club. The first half however did not go to plan as well as the team would have liked.0-5 to 0-2 up at half time, having kicked a lot of wides.The second half however saw Clyda take control and County final success looked like it was finally going to come. But Carrigaline got a penalty to bring the lead down to 4 points with 12 minutes to go. But Clyda responded through the brilliance of Man of the Match Robert Walsh, and ran out Winners 0-16 to 0-8.The scenes in the Park that day will never be forgotten by all Mourneabbey men, women and children. Derry Cronin the captain finally got hold of the intermediate county cup after a long wait. The community Centre was packed to capacity that night as the parish welcomed home there heroes and a long night was had in Derry Murphy's celebrating that fantastic county. Senior Football beckoned for 1997.
verse of Clyda Rovers victory song, to the air of The Boys of Killybegs, which was composed by a well known and respected female member of Mourneabbey parish.

Remember 96 when Clyda did the trick,

And the County Cup at last, it was brought home,

For six years they trained and played, in the frost and in the rain,

Took the pressure and came back again for more,

But the Clyda men are tough, and they never would give up,

And they started every year with hope to win,

But this year they said enough, this losing getting rough,

They made out their programme and said lets win

Would Clyda be able for Senior football in 1997? Well the first round draw would really tell us.Clyda had drawn Beara.Clyda weren't given a chance and who would blame people.Beara were one of the favorites for the county. On a Sunday afternoon in Dunmanway Clyda Rovers played Beara in there very first championship game up Senior. What followed was a brilliant game of football. It was perhaps the greatest game Clyda ever played in which they lost. For the first half Clyda were holding there own. The backs in particular magnificent. But a few 50-50 frees which went the way of the Beara men would in the end prove the difference. Early in the second half Beara opened a 5 point lead and the writing looked on the wall for Clyda.But what a last 20 minutes did they play. They scored 2 points in a row, and then John Walsh goaled to put clyda level. The tension was unbearable in the summer sun and roared on by there huge following Clyda toke the lead. The shock of the championship looked on. But Beara responded and when Ciaran O' Sullivan put them 1 point up going into injury time it look all over. Despite clyda's best efforts Beara held on, and clyda were out. It was a heroic performance and what was even more remarkable was that Beara went on to win the County final that year against Castlehaven.The only title to come to the club in 97 was the division 3 North Cork league.

1998 and Clyda faced a second year up senior. The first round draw pitted us against Aghada.A great club from East Cork. When looking back at the first game Clyda blew it bad. Up 5 points with 10 minutes to go.Heads seemed to go and only for a late Thagh Mullane free Clyda would have been out. The second game was the complete opposite Aghada were by far the better team but Clyda fought back in the second half to draw level and extra time loomed. But heartbreak yet again for Clyda when Aghada scored a late goal to win the game. The Junior B's under John Lane won a great Championship, the semi final win over Kilshannig the game of the year perhaps for Clyda.They had revenge on Mitchelstown for 97 in the final as they came out easy winners.

1999 was indeed a historic one for all sorts of reasons. It was the year Clyda finally won a round in the Senior Championship, it was a year when the u21B title was won after a lapse of 6 years, but most of all it was the year of the Minors.5 titles were won a magnificent achievement. In the football the North Cork league and championship double was won, and the hurling league as well. But it was the county championship where the Clyda minors gave non-stop entertainment. They reached the final of the championship where they played Barryroe in Ringaskiddy.Barryroe were a good side and with 6 minutes to go it looked all over for Clyda down 6
points. But what followed was the stuff of dreams as 2 goals by Derek O' Brien and Dylan O' Shea had Clyda level. That how the game finished and the teams would have to do it all again. The replay was just as dramatic. The game finishing level over the 60 minutes. Extra time saw only the bear minimum between the teams. But when Eddie O' Connor had the chance for a goal he duly obliged and Clyda lead in the second period of extra time. Full
time came and Clyda had won yet another county. The double was achieved 2 months later with a win over Diarmuid Mathuna's.The senior draw was a bit kinder this time round and Clyda drew divisional team Seandun in the first round. However this proved a tricky assignment and every time clyda got any sort of lead they left Seandun in for goals. However Clyda went on to win by 2 points, and set up a crack at Duhallow in the next round. Never before had Clyda had more of the play and yet they still lost. They kicked 21 wides against Duhallow in Ballyclough and were beaten by 3 points. It was a very disappointing night for supporters and players a like. The u21 championship began in April with a first round game against hot favorites Killavullen.But a fantastic game
followed with Clyda winning by just 1 point.Liscarroll were easily accounted for in the semi final and so yet another North Cork final awaited Clyda against Castletownroche.The game finished all square and there was yet another replay. The replay was played on a Saturday with the pitch in Doneraile just about playable.Clyda opened a 4 point lead with 10 minutes to go with a goal by Gavin Carey.But Castletown responded with a goal.Clyda held
on for the final 5 minutes 1 point up.But the Whistle blew and Clyda were Champions yet again.
When the Draw for the 2000 Championship toke place in late December , the major talking point was the first round clash of Clyda Rovers and near neighbors Mallow.
Clyda in the First half were outstanding, and got off to the perfect start when Paul Holland scored a Penalty mid way through the first half.Clyda were leading by 6 points at half time. Indeed after half time Clyda toke off where they left when Derick O'Brien hit the crossbar. Mallow Got on top midfield and
started to reduce the gap. When Ronan Sheehan scored a goal Mallow were back in the game. With 10 minutes to go they had opened a 3 point lead, but through to Clyda's sprit they fought to the very end, but it was not there day. Final Score Clyda 1-7 Mallow1-10 In the 2nd Round Clyda played Seandun Clyda went in to this match thankful of the new system nicknamed "the backdoor".Clyda toke control and ran out easy winners in the end. Clyda0-15 Seandun1-6
In the 3rd Round Muskerry started brighter and took an early lead in the first half through the brilliance of Adain Dorgan. Immediately After half time with Clyda trailing by 3 points, we saw Clyda at there best, a brace of points by Paul Holland and Derick O' Brien had Clyda Leading by 3 points with 10 minutes to go. With Derry Cronin keeping adain Dorgan quite it looked like history was going to be made. But Muskerry fought back and leveled scores in the final minute.Jas Cummins the ref blew the whistle and time was up, one of the best games of the championship had come to an end.Taughts now turned to the replay, with Clyda wondering
had they lost there chance The Replay started as the first game with Muskerry taking an early lead.Clyda however battled back and had the deficit reduced to 1 point at half time. After halftime Muskerry toke complete control going in to a 6 point lead, Clyda's championship looked all over. Then Adain Dorgan went over on his ankle and had to be taken off, thus starting Clyda's comeback, Holland scored a point from a sideline ball and clyda trailed by 5.Then Super Sub Sean Breen was dragged down for a penalty. Holland scored a beauty and now the margin was 2.Another point from Holland had the deficit down to 1.And then Padraig Mullane scored the equailser.There now was 6 minutes left and the tension was rising, Gavin Carey was then fouled 25 yard out, Holland converted Clyda up a point, Clyda sensed victory and a point from a free from Holland produced a victory from Nothing.One of Clyda's greatest hours.A fourth round tie against rivals Duhallow awaited.
This was the tie Clyda wanted the very moment they were beaten by Duhallow in the 99 championship. That Saturday night in Ballyclough Clyda kicked 18 wides and were beaten by 3 points in the end. This year however Clyda were determined not to let this happen. A big crowd gathered in Ballyclough on a wet and damp summer's night.Clyda from the very start toke the game by the scruff of the neck and were causing Duhallow all sorts of problems. John Walsh was pulled down early in the half and a penalty resulted. This time Paul Holland's luck ran out and the Duhallow goalie saved it. This gave Duhallow a big boost and a point each by John Buckley and Mark Sullivan had the teams level going in at half time. The next 30 minutes saw Clyda Rovers play there best football of the year, with Holland, Niall Mullane, Kieran Cronin and Tommy Macglinchey playing out of there skins Clyda had opened a 3 point lead with 10 minutes to go.Duhallow had a great chance of a goal when a mix up between Bryan Flanagan and Mick o'Shea almost left John Buckley in for a goal. But clyda regained there dominance opened a four point lead, and that was how it finished. Clyda 0-13 Duhallow 0-9
Clyda faced Douglas in the QF of the county
This was an amazing contest that saw the sides deadlocked on nine occasions at 0-1,0-4, 0-5, 0-6, 0-7, 0-8, 0-9, 0-10 and 0-11 each after 54 mins play.The lead changed hands on a number of occasions with two points the most separating
the sides on just two occasions during the opening half... In the 59th min, Paul Holland pointed his 6th and last free of the evening.
In injury-time Douglas forced a free 50 yards from goal near the sideline. Cork senior Ronan McCarthy was instructed to score direct. His free dropped on the goal line just under the crossbar where the Clyda keeper and a number of backs were on hand to take the free to safety. Tadgh O'Mullane collected the free which was followed by the final whistle. Scenes of great Jubilantion followed
In the Semi Final CLYDA V NEMO RANGERS over 5000 people gathered in Mallow to see the Semi-final between Clyda Rovers and Nemo Rangers.Nemo were hot favourites.Clyda from the very start tore into Nemo and should have been 5 points a head in the first 15 minutes of the game.Bad wides by Derick O' Brien, John Walsh and Kieran Cronin proved to be costly.Clyda were 1 point up when Nemo billowed the back of the net through David Niblock.Then 1 minute later they got there second goal, This scoring spree proved costly for Clyda.Then to make
matters worse , Derry Cronin was hit by Colin Corkery and he had to be taken off.When half time came a cricket score looked on , but in fairness to Clyda they battled on bravely, with Paudric Mullane having the game of his life Clyda scored 3 points with out response, 2 from great Clyda player Cormac O' Sullivan and Niall O' Mullane.However Nemo's Class was evident again and they scored a couple of points to put Daylight between the teams again. A fluke of a goal by William Morgan was a major disappointment as the final score gave a false reflection on the Game. So Clyda's march was over and Nemo went on to win both the County and Munster Club titles. Clyda 0-8 Nemo Rangers 3-9
Team that Night
Clyda Rovers - B Flanagan, T Walsh, W Walsh, B Walsh, G Carey, MO'Shea, D Cronin, T McGlinchey, C O'Sullivan, P Holland, D O'Brien, PO'Mullane, N O'Mullane, K Cronin, J Walsh.
Subs: T O'Mullane for D Cronin (injured), D O'Shea for J Walsh, S Breen for T O'Mullane.
The Junior B footballers were the only team to bring honors back to the club in the year 2000.Under a new coach former senior wing back Cathal Cronin, there was a lot of preparation put into the team. Training two nights a week during the summer months, it was perhaps the best prepared Clyde Junior B team in recent years. The team did quite well in Division 2 of the North Cork league finishing third just failing to qualify for division 1.The Championship began on a Tuesday night in August.Clyda toke on the defending Champions Fermoy in castletownroche, in the
end Clyda came out victors by a 6 point margin. The Semi final saw clyda face Kilworth also in Castletownroche.Clyda came out easy winners in the end 1-13 to 1-4.So this set up a final
against Mitchelstown in shanballymore.The first game was very even with "the town leading by 2 points with time up.Somehow clyda fought back a pointed free by Mick Dennehey and a late equailser by Cormac Murphy gave Clyda a second chance. The second game saw Clyda on top for most of the game and they lead by a point going into injury time. But the ref played 8 minutes overtime and with the last kick of the game Mitchelstown drew. So The third game took place in the second week of October on a Sunday Morning. And like the first there was nothing in it. Again
Mitchelstown lead by 2 points near the end, but showing battling qualities Clyda fought back to draw. In Extra Time clyda just piped it by a point

2001 was yet again a very good year for Clyda Rovers GAA Club In Senior Football we had a great win over Bishopstown, in the Quater Final we were only to be defeated by Bantry Bules by a point.They went on to play Nemo in the final.The Junior A footballers had a great win over Mallow , only to be defeated in the Quater final by Charleville.They did however win the Division 2 Clyda Played Kildorrery in the first round of the u21 This was Clyda's first game up u21A since 1990.Clyda had never won a 21 A championship and they faced a tough battle against Kildorrery if they were to advance to a North Cork Final.The game was switched from Ballyhooley to Fermoy and the conditions were wet and slippy.Clyda got off to a great start a goal by Noel Walsh.However Kildorrery battled back to level terms on half time.Kildorrery had a further 2 points after the break.Clyda's response was quick and effective.A fantastic goal by Dylan O'Shea and a goal by Derek O'Brien had Clyda leading by 4 points.Indeed 3 minutes later Clyda got a penalty.However Dylan O'Shea just missed the target.The final 10 minutes were frantic.Kildorrery reduced the lead to 2 points with 5 minutes to go.However a 58th minute free by Paudie Kissane sealed the game for Clyda. Team: 1:Dermot Fitzgearld 2:William Curtin 3:Aidan Carey 4:Shane Mulchay5:Thagh O'Callaghan 6:Gavin Carey 7:Oilver O'Hanlon 8:Cormac Murphy 9:Paudie Kissane 10:Derek O'Brien 11:Dylan O'Shea 12:Maurice O'Brien 13:Donal O'Mullane 14:Edward O'Connor 15:Noel Walsh Subs:Colin Roynane for Maurice O'Brien, John Healy for Noel Walsh,Johnny O'Sullivan for Edward O'Connor.Scores:Paudie Kissane 0-6(0-3 frees),Dylan O'Shea 1-1(0-1 free),DerekO'Brien 1-0,Noel Walsh 1In the final Clyda easily accounted for
Fermoy APPEARING in their first ever Avondhu Under 21 (A) FC final, Clyda Rovers made it a winning start on Saturday last when they easily accounted for Fermoy at Castletownroche.Except for a brief period late in the first half when Fermoy goaled, it always looked likely that Clyda Rovers were going to take the title. From the opening minutes, the winners dominated with Dylan O'Shea creating many problems at centre-forward for the Fermoy defence.O'Shea pointed in the first min. Fermoy levelled through Trevor Grumbridge two minutes later. A succession of Clyda points by 0'Shea (0-3 frees) and one from Paudie Kissane (free) had the winners ahead by 0-5 to 0-1 at the end of the opening quarter.Fermoy suddenly were then back in the game when good work by Trevor Grumbridge and Sean McCarthyled to a goal by Shane O'Neill. Fermoy moved Michael Hurley to
midfield in a swop with Paul Howard.Clyda Rovers kicked a number of wides while Dermot Fitzgerald saved well from Simon Barry. In the 25th min, Derek O'Brien set up Paudie Kissane for a goal. This gave the winners an interval lead of 1-6 to 1-1.
On the restart, Dylan O'Shea set up Edmund O'Connor for an early goal and Maurice O'Brien followed with a point. By now, Clyda were well in control in all sectors throughout the field, mainly the half-back line who were superb. The Mourneabbey side came
close to scoring a goal in the 40th min when
Donal O'Mullane and Derek O'Brien combined well for Edmund O'Connor who was denied at the vital moment by Richie Kelleher. Derek O'Brien pointed a minute later.By the end of the third quarter, Clyda had moved 2-10 to 1-1 ahead after points by O'Shea and Cormac Murphy. The last quarter saw Clyda Rovers add points by Maurice O'Brien (3) and Paudie Kissane while Sean McCarthy completed the scoring with a Fermoy point in the 60th min. After the game, Dave Lavan,Ulster Bank Mallow, in the presence of Liam Hanley, Board Chairman,presented the cup to the winning captain Dylan O'Shea.CLYDA RVS . . . . . 2-14 FERMOY . . . . . . . . 1-2

2002 This was the year Clyda may rue for years to come because they had every chance of winning the Senior Football County for the first time ever, they didnt start the greatest losing by 1 point in a dire first round game against Douglas, but the following rounds more than ,made up for that, a fantastic win over Carbery and Naomh Abhan saw Clyda building up a huge amount of confidenence, Clyda faced UCC in the QF, UCC was a star studied team comprising of kerry players Paul Glavin, Corks Tom Kenny and Limericks Stephen Lucey, Clyda played well below par but a goal by John Walsh had UCC on the rack with 10 mins left but it was not meant to be and clyda failed by 2 points in the end, that Championship was wide open, and 1 would have to say that if Clyda had gotten over UCC it would have taken a very good team to beat them.

2003 had a very similar feeling to the year before, a win over ballincollig in the first round in horrific conditions and Clyda faced castlehaven in the Senior 4th Round, this was game which rankles with many in the Club still. In the second half Clyda led by 2 points when Clyda attackted and the Castlehaven Conrner back handled the ball on the ground referee played on and it should have been a penalty, castlehaven went up the field and got a goal, a 6 point swing around. Clyda ened up losing by 2 points in the end. Players and mentors were very dissapointed

Like 2000, in 2004 Clyda were drawn in the first round of the Championship against near neighbours Mallow. The gane toke place in Kilavullen and Clyda played fantastic football and led 6 points with 10 mins to go. Mallow staged a mini recovery bringing the lead down to 4 points with time up. But Dave Farrell played 8 minutes overtime to allow Mallow draw the match. The extra time played still is unaccounted for to this day. In the replay Mallow proved the better team and won by 4 points. The backdoor was played 7 days later and we went down to St Finbarrs by 3 points, a missed penalty proving costly. The Minor A Footballers won the League and would have won the championship if Ray Carey was available. The u21B footballers also had a great win in the final of there championship against Kilworth after a replay.

2005 was a very mixed year for the Club, The Club decided to regrade to Intermediate Football after 10 years up, defeat to Ballincollig and Dohenys proved too much. But this allowed the Junior hurlers to take centre stage great wins over Charleville & Kildorrery saw Clyda face Kilworth in the North Cork Final, but it was not to be Kilworth won well in the end but Clyda put up a brave fight. The U21 B Hurlers had a great win in the final of the North Cork Championship beating ballyclough by 3 points in a great game in Killavullen. The Minor B footballers were unluky to lose the Championship & League Final.

2006 was a very important year for the Club as we had regraded to Intermediate Football, the first round draw was not that kind as we faced Nemo Rangers. Clyda played a great second half and won in the end by 1-8 to 0-10. In the QF we plaeyd Youghal and we won well 2-8 to 1-5. Clyda faced a semi final against St Vincents, the first game looked like clyda were going to win as they went 3 points up, with 10 mins left but vincents replied with 3 quick points, in the replay Clyda just fell short by 1 point. Vincents went onto win the county. The u21 footballers were unlucky when they were defeated by Kilworth in the North Cork Final.

2007: The Club had another quite year on the Trophey front as we again failed to land any silverware even though the club made 3 finals. In Premier Intermediate Football Clyda had a great win against Glanmire but a number of players went away for the summer and the team suffered. They failed in the following round against Ballinora. In Junior Hurling Clyda beat Buttevant in the first round but failed to beat Ballygibblin and they bowed out of the championship. The minor Footballers had a good run in the league but were defeated by kildorrery in the final and the U21 Footballers lost their second final in a row when they were defeated by Doneraile in a game we threw away. A dissapointing year on all fronts .

2008: Was a very barron year for the club. The Prem Intermediate's had a great win over Nemo Rangers in the First Round thanks to a 50m free from Paudie Kissane to win the game. However Paudie then broke his hand playing for Cork and our season toke a turn for the worse. We were beaten by 2 points by Glanmire in the 4th Round and the football season was over. The Junior Hurlers had a dissapointing year as well as Charleville beat us well in the first round, they also lost the second round game and faced Buttevant in a relegation battle. After a replay we maintained our Prem Junior Hurling status.

2009: Was in one way a great year for the club. The Prem Inter Footballers despite losing the first round to Valley Rovers beat Mayfield, Nemo Rangers and St Vincents to Make our First Prem Intermediate Football where we played Valley Rovers. In a dissapointing game we fell short and Valley Rovers won 5 points to 3. In the Jun Hurling we came very close to causing a major upset in North Cork. After beating a faniced Castletownroche after a replay in the semi final we faced fermoy in the North Cork Final. Leading by 2 points with time almost up Fermoy goaled and held out for a 1 point win, Fermoy went on to win the county. However 2009 was a great year for the minor footballers. They won the clubs first ever Minor A Football North Cork and followed this up with a league win. Although we lost the county minor final the minor league county title was secured when we beat St Vincents.

2010: A great year in one sense a big dissapointment in another. Pride of place went to the exploits of Ray Carey and Paudie Kissane who started and won 2 All Ireland Football Medals with the Cork Footballers in the All Ireland Final V Down. Conor O Sullivan also played in the All Ireland Minor Final before hand which Cork narrowly lost. The Prem Intermediate Footballers again had another eventful year. Losing to newcestown in the first round again like 2009 they beat Newmarket, St Michaels, Grenagh after a replay and St Vincents to make another county football final. Another heartbreaking day for the club ensued and newcestown beat us by a point by 11 points to 10. The hurlers had a dissapointing year and were defeated by Castletownroche and Churchtown. The u21's did the double in winning the U21 B Football and U21 C Hurling North Cork Championships. However pride of place went to the Minor B Hurlers. They won their first ever North Cork title and then followed this up by winning the league. In the County Final clyda trailed St Marks by 2 points with time up when Chris Buckley's free went straight into the net and clyda won by a point.

2011: We taught it would be third time lucky when the prem inter footballers faced newmarket in another county final. It was another long year great win's against Naomh Abhan, Mallow after a replay, Macroom and Ballingeary set us up for another final. However again we fell short and conceeding 3 goals meant it was to be Newmarkets day and we were defeated 3-6 to 1-10. However we did win a county intermediate league title against Ballingeary for the first time since 1991. The Jun hurlers beat defending champions Buttevant but were defeated by Kildorrery in the semi final.




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