The Corkman - - SPORT -


Plenty of can­di­dates with Clough­duv dom­i­nat­ing the list of con­tenders. Mid­fielder Mark Walsh did re­ally well with Mark Ver­ling and Dave O’Leary an­other pair wor­thy of men­tion but on the day this one goes to the Clough­duv tal­is­man and all round star man Brian Phe­lan. Brian put in the per­for­mance of his life, cov­ered ev­ery blade of grass and led his side to glory.


Easy to say it was half time when Clough­duv turned to play with the wind but in all hon­esty the dam­age was done well be­fore that. Clough­duv had no right to ex­pect that at half time they would lead af­ter play­ing against what was a gale for the open­ing 30 but when they did lead head­ing for the tun­nel it was hard to see any­thing but a Clough­duv win.


There was a two minute pe­riod in the mid­dle of the sec­ond half when Bal­li­nameela were camped out in the Clough­duv dan­ger zone and thanks to a save from Clough­duv keeper Jonathan Buck­ley and an in­spi­ra­tional fly­ing block from cen­tre back Dave O’Leary the dan­ger was cleared. It summed up Clough­duv on the day – to­tally com­mit­ted.


Joe Mullins from Clare was spot on for most of the game. Easy to pick holes in in­di­vid­ual de­ci­sions from dis­tance but he the game flow as much as pos­si­ble with­out too much whis­tle or cards. Best thing to say about him is you would barely know he was there.

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