THE GAME IN 60 SECONDS
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.