Monday 22 January 2018

Flannan's floored by 14-man Deise

Col na nDeise Thiar 1-13 St Flannan's 1-12

DESPITE playing the entire game with 14 men, Colaisti na nDeise still managed to book their place in the Dr Harty Cup semi-final.

Midfielder Kieran Power was shown a red card by ref John O'Brien before the sliotar was even thrown in, after an incident which left Flannan's Martin O'Leary on the deck.

A 10-point haul from Cathal Curran -- all from placed balls -- laid the bedrock for the Deise victory, while Michael Hurney turned in an impressive performance at centre-forward and bagged 1-1 from play.

Hurney broke through the defence in the 21st minute and scrambled the sliotar into the net to give his team a 1-7 to 0-7 lead at the break.

Flannan's returned in better shape and a goal from a long-range effort by Stephen Ward levelled things up and made for a tense second period.

The Clare team's only time in front came when the influential Tony Kelly converted a free to put them 1-9 to 1-8 to the good, but Flannan's hit back.

SCORERS -- Colaisti na nDeise Thiar: C Curran 0-10 (9f, 1 '65'), M Hurney 1-1, M Kiely, P Curran 0-1 each. St Flannan's: T Kelly 0-5 (4f), P Duggan 0-3 (2f, 1 sc), S Ward 1-0, M O'Leary, C Cleary (f), S O'Donnell, D Reidy 0-1 each.

Colaisti na nDeise Thiar -- E Kearns; S O'Donovan, T Tobin, T Burke; E Collins, T Devine, K Sheehan; K Power, C Dunford; C Curran, M Hurney, R Donnelly; M Kiely, K Daly, P Curran. Sub: B Looby for C Dunford.

St Flannan's College -- E Quilligan; D Conroy, J Brown, S Kelleher; G Ryan, T Kelly, A McGuane; C Cleary, M O'Leary; P Duggan, M McGuane, S Ward; B Duggan, S O'Donnell, D Reidy.

Ref -- J O'Brien (Cork).

Irish Independent

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