Saturday 21 April 2018

Flynn ready to embrace 'dream' clash at Croke Park

Galway's Jason Flynn
Galway's Jason Flynn
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Jason Flynn was looking on from the stand during the 2012 Leinster final as Galway tore Kilkenny apart.

It's a memory that still sticks with him but this time around he's going to be right in the thick of the action when the Tribesmen face the Cats in Croke Park on Sunday. And in the process he'll fulfil a lifelong dream.

"Every day when I was younger I'd be out pucking about and I'd imagine I was playing in Croke Park," he said.

"It's my first Leinster final and I'm really looking forward to it. It's absolutely huge.

"Every young fella dreams of playing in Croke Park for your senior inter-county team so to get the chance to do that against the senior All-Ireland champions in Kilkenny on Leinster final day, it doesn't get much bigger."

When Galway saw off Dublin in the Leinster quarter-final replay, Flynn was part of a devastating full-forward line that had announced its potential inside ten minutes.


At that stage, Cathal Mannion had helped himself to a hat-trick while Flynn had shown he was up to the responsibility for taking the frees.

That pair had hurled together for Galway since U-14 level so it's no surprise they could spark off one another.

And in between those two, there was a certain Joe Canning.

Galway played that first half with the aid of a stiff breeze but there was still loads to be admired in their play.

By the time the final whistle blew, the trio had racked up 5-15 between them.

And that sets up what could be a high-scoring affair against a Kilkenny side that is also packed with heavy artillery.

"Colin Fennelly wasn't there the last day and they were able to pop in John Power and he had a fine game," Flynn observed.

"They have a huge pick as well, as much as ourselves.

"Their full-forward line is as deadly as anything."

Irish Independent

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