Blackwater fightback just falls short
St Flannan's 1-19 Blackwater CS 2-13
St Flannan's of Ennis saw off a gallant Blackwater CS in an excellent Harty Cup match at Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary, yesterday.
For St Flannan's there was nothing at stake but bragging rights, while the Blackwater boys were depending on a win, as well as results going their way elsewhere, to qualify for the knockout stages.
Conditions were ideal for the first half and both sides served up a high standard of hurling. Blackwater CS had the assistance of the wind and went in at the interval leading 0-10 to 0-8.
Early in the second half Aidan McGuane and Mike Kearney swapped points and the sides were level after 38 minutes. Peter Duggan then pointed Flannan's into the lead and they began to dominate.
After 50 minutes St Flannan's sub Shane O'Donnell fired in a fine goal to give his side a 1-17 to 0-13 lead. But Blackwater showed real grit and fought back in the final 10 minutes.
Goals from Stephen Bennett and the excellent David Geary brought them back into the game, and only a square infringement in the dying seconds denied them a draw, after Darren Maher's free went all the way to the net.
Scorers -- St Flannan's: T Kelly (4f), P Duggan (4f) 0-5 each, S O'Donnell 1-0, M McGuane, S Ward 0-3 each, A McGuane, C Cleary, D Reidy 0-1 each. Blackwater CS: D Geary 1-5 (1-5f), S Bennett 1-0, M Kearney 0-3, P O'Keeffe 0-2, S Barry (1f), P Coleman (1f), D O'Brien 0-1 each.
St Flannan's -- J Griffy; D Clancy, J Brown, S Kelleher; G Ryan, T Kelly, A McGuane; C Cleary, D Conroy; P Duggan, M McGuane, S Ward; B Duggan, C Moloney, D Reidy. Subs: D McMahon for D Clancy, S O'Donnell for C Moloney, J Barry for D Reidy, R O'Loughlin for D Conroy.
Blackwater CS -- S Barry; J Ring, M Fitzgerald, J Hannon; C Leamy, S Roche, S Bennett; P O'Keeffe, P Coleman; S O'Brien, D O'Brien, D Murphy; S Bennett, D Geary, M Kearney. Subs: C Roche for S O'Brien.