Cleary the star for Flannan's
St Flannan's 4-9 West Clare Cols 0-5
A powerful performance by captain Conor Cleary inspired St Flannan's college to an easy win at Hennessy Park.
The amalgamation team, competing in the championship for the first time, struggled from an early stage and missed two gilt-edge scoring chances in the opening quarter.
Goals from David Conroy and Tadhg Lynch in the final five minutes of the half helped the winners to a half-time lead of 11 points, 2-6 to 0-1.
A goal from the Flannan's skipper in the third minute of the second half killed off any hopes West Clare might have had of getting back into contention.
As the game entered the final quarter, substitute Dara Kerin hit the winner's fourth goal and to add to the losers' woes, they were reduced to 14 men for the final eight mintues when goalkeeper Eamonn O'Dea was sent off.
Scorers -- St Flannan's: C Cleary 1-4, T Lynch 1-2, D Conroy, D Kerin 1-0 each, T Kelly 0-2, K Normoyle 0-1. West Clare Colleges: F Pyne, C Mahoney, L Madigan, T Lillis, D O'Dea 0-1 each.
St Flannan's -- K Normoyle; C Dolan, G Ryan, R Raftery; S Ward, J Browne, A McGuane; S Corry, C MacMathuna; E Courtney,T Lynch, C Cleary; D Conroy, T Kelly, B Lynch. Subs: D Kerin for B Lynch, S Murphy for McGuane, D D'Auria for Dolan, D Neylon for Conroy, J O'Reilly for Courtney.
West Clare Colleges -- E O'Dea; J Browne, F Pyne, R Ryan; J Butler, S Carry, C McNeilis; S Maguire, J Downes; C Egan, C Murray, C Mahoney; G Melican, T Lillis, L Madigan. Subs: C Murray for Maguire, P Lynch for Melican, K O'Looney for Ryan, M Keane for Mahoney, D O'Dea for Egan.
Ref -- K Walsh (Wolfe Tones).