FOLLOWING the second series of games in the race for this season’s Dr Harty Cup, Munster Colleges Senior Hurling A Championship, Clare sides St Flannan’s and St Caimin’s find themselves needing to win their final group games on November 18 if they are to get to the play-offs.
An injury-time goal robbed St Caimin’s, last season’s finalists, of victory when they were held to a draw in Ardfinnan, while St Flannan’s went down to De La Salle and must now beat Waterford Colleges if they are to progress.
De La Salle 3-10 St Flannan’s 1-10
WHEN St Flannan’s went to the break on level terms with De La Salle after playing with the aid of the breeze, it was clear that they had a fight on their hands in this tie played at Cashel. De La Salle scored a goal early in the second half to strengthen their grip on the game and as the rain came down, St Flannan’s struggled to get back into contention.
It was 1-4 each at the break with the Flannan’s goal coming from Niall Arthur midway through the opening period.
Defenders Paul Flanagan (captain) and Gearóid O’Connell along with midfielder John Guilfoyle were the Ennis side’s best players on the day.
St Flannan’s: Niall Woods (Newmarket), Paul Flanagan (Ballyea) capt, Gearóid O’Connell (Ballyea), Cathal Doohan(Ballyea), Conor O’Gorman (Clarecastle), Brian Hehir (Inagh-Kilnamona), Stephen O’Halloran (Clarecastle), Cathal Malone (Ennistymon), John Guilfoyle (Wolfe Tones), Eamonn Malone (Corofin), Aaron Considine (Clarecastle), Tony Kelly (Ballyea), Shane O’Connor (Doora-Barefield), Niall Arthur (Inagh-Kilnamona), David O’Halloran (Éire Óg).
Subs: Conor O’Loughlin (Crusheen) for Doohan (inj); Michael O’Neill (Kilmaley) for C Malone; Jarlath Colleran (Doora-Barefield for D O’Halloran.
St Caimin’s 0-11 Blackwater College 1-8
A GOAL in the second minute of injury time earned Waterford’s Blackwater College a draw with St Caimin’s in this second-round tie played at Ardfinnan on Wednesday.
The Clare side, fresh from a landslide first round win over Doon CBS, were reduced to 14 men just after half time when Frank Melody was dismissed on a second yellow card in what appeared to be a very harsh decision.
Conditions underfoot were soft and players tired as the game progressed.
The St Caimin’s defence was strong throughout with central defenders Noel Purcell and Kevin Lynch, both from Sixmilebridge, particularly impressive.
Up front, Paudge Collins at centre-forward excelled throughout and caused a lot of problems for the Waterford side. Alan Mulready missed the game due to injury and he was replaced by his clubmate Pa Sheehan.
In round three, St Caimin’s will take on Templemore CBS.
St Caimin’s: Tommy Griffin (Newmarket), Niall O’Connor (Newmarket), Noel Purcell (Sixmilebridge), Eanna Burns (Sixmilebridge), Enda Boyce (Cratloe), Kevin Lynch (Sixmilebridge), Shane Liddy (Newmarket), Cathal O’Connor (Sixmilebridge), Frank Melody (Newmarket), Aaron Cunnngham (Wolfe Tones), Paudge Collins (Cratloe), Donagh Keogh (Newmarket), David Collins (Cratloe), Pa Sheehan (Sixmilebridge) and Seán Lynch (Sixmilebridge).