O'Donnell the St Flannan's ace
St Flannan's, Ennis 4-13 St Colman's, Fermoy 2-10
Thursday January 20 2011
A late flurry by St Flannan's ensured a nine-point victory over fierce
rivals St Colman's in yesterday's quarter-final at a sunny Charleville.
Although they deserved to win, the margin somewhat flattered the Ennis
hurling nursery, who only led by two points with three minutes of normal
time remaining. Then, a rather fortuitous goal after a shot from out
the field, close to the left sideline, by Conor O'Gorman put some
daylight between the sides, before another three-pointer from
corner-forward Shane O'Donnell sealed the Cork school's fate late in
The Clare academy led by 1-6 to 1-4 at the break, having lorded it over
their opponents for the opening quarter. After 13 minutes, they were 1-5
to 0-2 in front, with Jack Browne grabbing the game's first goal.
However, an improved effort from Colman's late in the half yielded some
good scores, particularly a 30th-minute goal from captain Michael
Spillane, who was set up by Gerard Hogan. After the break, the Fermoy
side took the lead with an early goal, again scored by Spillane, and by
the 34th minute they enjoyed a two-point lead, thanks to a fine
individual effort by wing-back Bryan Carroll.
By the middle of the half, the sides were locked at 2-7 to 1-10, before
O'Donnell hit the first of his pair of goals in the 47th minute for the
Clare boys. He beat three defenders before slotting to the net from
close range. St Colman's had been too reliant on Spillane for scores on
the day -- the Castlelyons man hitting all but three of his team's tally
and in the latter stages of the game, Flannan's ability to convert goal
chances proved decisive.
Scorers -- St Flannan's: S O'Donnell 2-1, C O'Gorman 1-4, P Duggan 0-4
(1f), J Browne 1-0, T Kelly 0-3 (1f), M O'Leary 0-1. St Colman's: M
Spillane 2-7 (3 65s, 2f), K Morrison, C Spillane, B Carroll 0-1 each.
St Flannan's -- E Enright; C O'Loughlin , N Purcell, S Morey; E Boyce, S
O'Halloran, G O'Connell; T Kelly, J Colleran; C Doohan, M O 'Leary, C
O'Gorman; J Browne, P Duggan, S O'Donnell. Subs: A O'Neill for Doohan
St Colman's -- D O'Callaghan; W Walsh, C O'Leary, C Barry; P Roche, D
O'Carroll, B Carroll; E Maye, N Byrne; M Pyne, C Spillane,K Morrison; M
Spillane, G Hogan, J Mannix. Subs: D Mangan for Hogan (47), M Wade for
Maye (52), M O'Neill for Pyne (53).
Ref -- F Horgan (Tipperary)