Kelly heroics bag last-eight berth
St Flannan's 1-14 St Colman's 1-9
Clare minor Tony Kelly was in inspirational form as St Flannan's came from seven points down to secure a quarter-final spot at Charleville yesterday.
Noel McNamara's goal helped St Colman's to a 1-4 to 0-0 after eight minutes, but Kelly, who ended up with eight points from centre-back, steadied the ship. With the wind behind them in the second period, St Flannan's were confident of overturning a 1-7 to 0-6 half-time deficit.
They restricted the Fermoy side to just two points after the break, and with substitute Joseph Barry scoring 1-1, the 21-times winners guaranteed their advancement with a game still to play.
Scorers -- St Flannan's: T Kelly 0-8 (7f, 1 '65'), J Barry 1-1, C Maloney, P Duggan, D Conroy, M McGuane (f), C Cleary 0-1 each. St Colman's: N McNamara 1-1, D Mangan 0-4f, R Bransfield 0-2, K O'Neill, A Spillane 0-1 each.
ST FLANNAN'S -- E Quilligan; S Kelleher, J Browne, D Clancy; G Ryan, T Kelly, A McGuane; M O'Leary, C Cleary; C Maloney, M McGuane, S Ward; B Duggan, P Duggan, D Conroy. Subs: J Barry for O'Leary (h-t), D Reidy for M McGuane (41).
ST COLMAN'S -- E Barry; P Blackburne, C Barry, M Brennan; P Roche, C Spillane, M Mulcahy; T Condon, R Bransfield; P De Roiste, K O'Neill, D Mangan; N McNamara, M Wade, A Spillane. Subs: A Fenton for De Roiste (38), S Walsh for Mulcahy (56).
REF-- S Hourigan (Limerick).