Actually, it doesn’t. Add in the fact that Flannan’s also notched 19 wides and that the Youghal keeper, Pádraig O’Brien, was one of their outstanding performers and the gap could have been even greater.
After five minutes play, the score stood at 2-5 to 0-1 (the goals by Donagh Stack and Darragh Moloney), by half-time it was 2-14 to 0-4 (three of those four Youghal points by their outstanding forward Joe Budds). At the three-quarters it was 4-21 to 0-4 (John Condon and Eamonn Callinan with the majors), with Condon and substitute Francie Nealon piling on the goals in the last quarter.
And yet, this was not an ugly sight, not when you had hurlers of the calibre that Flannan’s had yesterday. From their magnificent keeper Donal Touhy to brilliant left corner-forward Daniel Russell, there wasn’t a single weakness. Touhy made several outstanding catches under pressure and hit tidy and intelligent clearances. The full-back line of Noel Casey, Brian Glynn and Niall White were immense.
In the half-back line, Ivor White who took over in the centre from late injury-victim Eamonn Glynn, came up against a bit of a star in Budds, but still did well, while on the flanks, both Eoghan Madden and Sylvie Óg Linnane were in fine form.
From midfield forward, however, is where this team shines. All six forwards scored, none more impressive than full-forward John Condon – both as maker and taker – as did midfielder Kevin Heagney.
Ironically, the one man who didn’t score was probably most impressive of all, midfielder Kevin Moynihan – take note of the name, because this kid has it. Mind you, he’s not the only one; with five Clare minors from this year’s team, only two from outside the county on the starting 15 (Stack is from Buttevant, Linnane from Gort), it looks like Tony Considine has a bit of talent coming along to take the place of some of the heroes of the 90’s.
As for Youghal, at least they stuck with hurling, didn’t pull a foul stroke all game, despite the trouncing. Fair dues to keeper O’Brien, to full-back Tadhg O’Connor who stuck to what was a most thankless task, to Niall Griffin, Joe Budds, Brian O’Halloran, all the others on a team that never threw in the towel.
St. Flannan’s: J. Condon 2-7; E. Callinan 1-4; D. Stack 1-4 ((0-2 65’s); F. Nealon 1-2; D. Moloney 1-1; D. Russell 0-3; K. Heagney 0-2; F. Kennedy 0-2; J. Liddy, M. Barry, 0-1 each. Pobalscoil na Trionáide: J. Budds 0-4 (0-2 frees); A. Frehill-O’Connor 0-2.
D. Touhy; N. Casey, B. Glynn, N. White; E. Madden, I. White, S. Óg Linnane; K.Heagney, K. Moynihan; D. Moloney, D. Stack, F. Kennedy; E. Callinan, J. Conlon, D. Russell.
D. Hehir (Casey inj. 9); F. Nealon (Russell 26); J. Liddy (Moloney 30); M. Barry (I. White 39).
P. O’Brien; B. Gleeson, T. O’Connor, P. Lynch; P. Ó Gribhthín, P. O’Brien, S. Crotty; N. Griffin, S. Harrington; A. Frehill-O’Connor, J. Budds, E. Flavin; B. O’Halloran, C. Mangan, S. Long.
S. Murphy (Lynch 19); A. Sheehan (Ó Gribhthín 29); F. Griffin (Crotty 35); D. O’Keeffe (P. Óg O’Brien 45); S. Harnedy (Flavin 53).
N. Cosgrave (Marlfield).