Sunday 18 March 2018

Flannan's final flourish

ST FLANNAN'S 3-15 COLÁISTÍ na DEISE 1-8 Harty Cup COLLEGES specialists, St Flannan's of Ennis, powered their way to a record equalling 20th Harty Cup - Munster Colleges senior hurling title - at Cashel yesterday, where they totally outclassed Coláistí na Deise.

Having beaten the holders, St Colman's in the semi-final, expectations were high in the Waterford camp for a first success since Mount Sion's triumph in 1953.

On the day, however, they had no answer to the slick flowing play of the Ennis side.

Beaten finalists for the last three years, St Flannan's were determined to stop the rot.

This they did in no uncertain fashion, and before the Waterford lads settled, the contest was over.

Aided by the breeze, St Flannan's struck early. In the second minute, Danny O'Halloran raced through to blast home St Flannan's first goal.

They hit six further unanswered points and were moving quickly out of sight by the 18th minute as Waterford struggled to reach the match tempo.

Mark Gorman had Waterford's first score, a point in the 21st minute, but it was their only score of the half as St Flannan's motored to a 1-11 to 0-1 lead at the interval.

Waterford's slim hopes of a second-half comeback, aided by the breeze, died a quick death.

In the second minute, Ken Kennedy's mis-hit 20 metre free went in off the post for St Flannan's second goal which opened up a massive 16-point lead.

A Mark Gorman goal in the tenth minute encouraged Waterford, but there was no stopping Flannan's, who set the seal on their win with a second Kennedy goal in the 22nd minute.

Even allowing for the failure of the Waterford boys to play to form, it was an impressive showing by Flannan's, which should greatly boost their confidence as they chase All-Ireland honours.

There was not a weak link in the side with the displays of Joh Moloney, Donnchadha Kelleher, Shane O'Brien, Seamus Hickey, Gerard Arthur, Kennedy and Jonathan Clancy being particularly eye-catching.

Coláistí na Deise - a combination team comprised from four Waterford colleges - battled hard, but were out of their depth.

Full-forward Mark Gorman was the star of their side with most support came from Mark O'Brien, Noel Ó Murchú, Joe Mullen and Jamie Nagle.

SCORERS - St Flannan's: K Kennedy 2-2, D O'Halloran 1-2, B Gaffney 0-4, G Arthur 0-3, A Griffey, J Clancy 0-2 each. Coláistí na Deise: M Gorman 1-6, P Murray, J Gorman 0-1 each.

ST FLANNAN'S - S Murphy; J Moloney, A Byrne, D Kelleher; S O'Brien, M Moloney, S Hickey; J McInerney, J Cusack; A Griffey, K Kennedy, B Gaffney; J Clancy, D O'Halloran, G Arthur. Subs: S Carroll for McInerney, C Ryan for Arthur.

COLÁISTí na DEISE - B Scanlon; M Flynn, J Kindregan, M O'Brien; N Ó Murchú, J Mullen, M Prendergast; J Nagle, K Landers; P Hurney, T O'Brien, J Gorman; B Bannon, M Gorman, P Murray. Subs: M Fives for T O'Brien, R Foley for Murray.

REF - N Cosgrove (Tipperary).

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