Wednesday 16 January 2019

St flannan's eye dual glory

ST FLANNAN'S are aiming to keep alive their hopes of both Harty Cup and Corn Ui Mhuiri glory when they take on Tralee CBS in the quarter-finals of the Munster Colleges SFC in Glin today.

Famous for their success on the hurling field, the Clare school has made great strides in football in recent years -- the current senior squad captured the U-16 Frewen Cup two years ago.

But if they are to emulate their hurlers by making the last four, they will need good performances from the likes of Tony Kelly, Charles Colleran and Martin O'Leary against a classy Kerry outfit.

Team mentor John Connole hopes his side can build on the success of the hurlers.

"There's a big overlap between the two squads," he said. "There's probably eight or nine who start for both teams.

"In a dual school, we have them playing hurling one week and football the next so we've as much done with them as we could have expected."

St Flannan's reached the knockout stages of both codes last year also but they were knocked out within a week of each other.

"The hurlers got through last week and we know from 12 months ago that when they are winning, it's easier to keep the confidence up. Tralee will be most people's favourites but we've a good bunch of lads," said Connole.

Irish Independent

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