ST Flannan’s College secured their place in the play-off stages of the Dr Harty Cup, Munster Colleges senior hurling championship, when they defeated Waterford Colleges in a hard-fought contest at Bansha on Wednesday.
Five points clear at half-time after playing with the aid of a strong breeze, things didn’t look that good for the Ennis side. When the Waterford outfit scored the opening two points of the second half, followers of St Flannan’s were particularly worried and this was still the case with 10 minutes remaining, when their lead was down to two points.
Three points from Niall Arthur followed and these scores secured a merited win for Flannan’s and a place in the last eight in the new year.
A first-half goal from Ballyea’s Tony Kelly helped the winners to a half-time lead of 1-9 to 1-4. They had missed a few chances in this period and the outcome was in the balance at the interval.
The spirit and battling qualities of St Flannan’s proved too much for their opponents in the final quarter of this entertaining contest. Gearóid O’Connell at full-back, team captain Paul Flanagan at centre-back, Conor O’Corman at wing-back and midfielder John Guilfoyle all impressed for the winners
Substitutes Michael O’Neill, Shane O’Connor and Conor O’Loughlin all did well.
It’s likely that St Flannan’s will fill the runner-up spot in this group as De La Salle will go top if, as expected, they beat Kerry Colleges in their final game. It is possible for the Kerry side, competing in this competition for the first time, to get into the play-offs but for this to happen, they would have to beat De La Salle by a very big margin.
St Flannan’s: Niall Woods (Newmarket); Cathal Doohan (Ballyea); Gearóid O’Connell (Ballyea); Damian Lafferty (Inagh-Kilnamona); Conor O’Gorman (Clarecastle); Paul Flanagan (Ballyea) (captain); Stephen O’Halloran (Clarecastle); Brian Hehir (Inagh-Kilnamona), John Guilfoyle (Wolfe Tones); Niall Arthur (Inagh-Kilnamona), Cathal Malone (Ennistymon), Tony Kelly (Ballyea); Aaron Considine (Clarecastle), Eamonn Malone (Corofin), David O’Halloran (Éire Óg).
Subs: Michael O’Neill (Kilmaley) for D O’Halloran; Shane O’Connor (Doora-Barefield for C Malone; Conor O’Loughlin (Crusheen) for Flanagan (inj).
Ard Scoil Rís: 7-19
Cashel CS: 1-1
FIVE Clare teenagers helped Ard Scoil Rís to this runaway win over Cashel Community school at Martinstown and the win sees the Limerick side safely through to the quarter-finals.
The foundations for this win were laid in the opening half when they played with the aid of a very strong wind and managed to run up a 4-16 to 0-0 lead by half-time.
There was no way back for Cashel after this and the Limerick side continued to hold the upperhand in the second period.
Parteen’s Martin Moroney lined out at corner-back for the winners while Seán O’Connor (Meelick) was at wing-back, where he had an excellent game with Cathal McInerney (Cratloe), joint captain of the side, at centre-back. Jamie Shanahan from Sixmilebridge was at corner-forward and he contributed 2-1 of the team’s tally.
Shane Crehan from O’Callaghan’s Mills was introduced in the second half when he saw action at corner-back.
This result has pushed the Limerick side to the top of the group and they will be joined in the quarter-finals by either Midleton CBS or St Colman’s, who clash this Friday.
THE match involving St Caimin’s from Shannon and Templemore CBS, due to be played at Claughaun, was called off on Wednesday morning when the pitch was ruled unplayable. Weather permitting, it will be played next week when a draw will suffice to see the Shannon side, last year’s beaten finalists, through to the play-offs.
ST Caimin’s will turn their attentions to football this Friday when they travel to the impressive Mallow complex to play Carrigaline in Round 2 of the senior B title race. In the opening round, they had three points to spare over Glanmire Community School and will hope to build on that performance this week as they chase a semi-final place.