St Flannan's College 1-15 CBC Cork 1-12
At the third time of asking, the keenly awaited Dr Harty Cup final went ahead yesterday morning, and supporters were not left disappointed as those of the 2,947 that were fortunate enough to get a seat in Mallow were on the edge of it for the duration of the contest.
In the end St Flannan's held on for their first title since 2005, with their use of a sweeper making it hard for CBC, the Clare side picking off scores from distance throughout.
Flannan's were 1-5 to 0-3 ahead at the end of the first quarter. Excellent combination play between Diarmuid Cahill and Colm Cassidy resulted in Cahill goaling on 12 minutes.
Impressive scores from Tony Butler, Peter Power, Conner Hegarty and Killian O'Connor left the Brendan Bugler-coached outfit in the driving seat. The lively Jack Cahalane kept last year's beaten finalists within touching distance throughout the half.
Panicked The four-point half-time gap between the sides was cut to one with less than three minutes played in the second half as Cahalane raised three white flags. Flannan's never panicked and were back in control with five of the next six scores.
A CBC goal always looked to be on the cards and it arrived, but much too late to have significance, Cahalane converting a last-minute penalty, but inspirational points from Oisín O'Donnell and Killian O'Connor preceded it as Flannan's were crowned kings of Munster once again.
Hurling purists would ordinarily not be pleased at the sight of a sweeper and a two man full-forward line but it was central to the Clare school's success.
Cahalane and Carthach Daly led the fight for the Cork outfit but Killian O'Connor, Conner Hegarty, Diarmuid Cahill and Cian Broderick excelled for the winners.
SCORERS - St Flannan's: C Galvin 0-6 (5f); K O'Connor 0-4; D Cahill 1-0; O O'Donnell, C Hegarty 0-2 each; P Power 0-1. CBC Cork: J Cahalane 1-9 (7f); R Cotter 0-2; E Kirby 0-1.
ST FLANNAN'S - C Broderick; M Reidy, D Healy, N Walsh; T Butler, C Galvin, S Casey; C Hegarty, J Collins; A Brohan, C Cassidy, K O'Connor; P Power, D Cahill, O O'Donnell. Subs: J Doherty for Cassidy (45), D Cunningham for Power (53), D Nagle for Brohan (56), R Power for O'Donnell (58).
CBC CORK - E O'Neill; G Reddy, S Kingston, E Downey; P Cummins, C Daly, G Mulcahy; J Dwyer, E Kidney; E Kirby, N Hartnett, D McSweeney; R Cotter, J Cahalane, D Burke. Sub: D Cremin for McSweeney (52).
Ref - J O'Halloran (Limerick)