Flannan’s do just enough to qualify

ST FLANNAN’S College, Ennis were forced to dig deep against a gallant Intermediate School Killorglin side at a rain-lashed Croagh pitch, before garnering the draw they needed to advance to the knockout stages of this year’s Corn Ui Mhuiri.

St Flannan’s and Killorglin finished level on points, but the Clare side went through because of a superior points difference.

Killorglinled early on 0-4 to 0-2 following points from Niall O’Riordan, Liam Quirke and two well-struck Fergal Hallissey frees.

St Flannan’s Kelly and Browne responded and three points from Darragh Kerin, Jack Browne and Conor Cleary gave them the lead briefly but a fine point from Gary O’Sullivan saw the game level at the interval.

However Flannan’s went on to lead 0-10 to 0-8 with time running out but gutsy Killorglin levelled the tie.

Scorers for St Flannan’s: C Cleary 0-4 (2fs), T Kelly 0-3, J Browne, D Kerin, B Lynch 0-1 each.

Scorers for Killorglin: E O’Sullivan 0-3 (2fs), F Hallissey (2fs), G O’Sullivan 0-2 each, N O’Riordan, L Quirke, J O’Shea 0-1 each.

ST FLANNAN’S ENNIS: C Normoyle; C Dolan, G Ryan, R Rafferty; S Ward, J Browne, A McGuane; T Kelly, S Corry; C MacMathuna, T Lynch, C Cleary; D Kerin, B Lynch, D Conroy

Subs: S O’Donnell for D Conroy (20), S Murphy for B Lynch (ht), E Courtney for S Corry (51).

KILLORGLIN: S Lillis; A Gamble, P Lehane, S Roche; L Quirke, N Breen, S O’Sullivan; G O’Sullivan, F Hallissey; D O’Sullivan, N O’Riordan, E O’Sullivan; J O’Shea, S Kennedy, D O’Flaherty.

Subs: L Carey for D O’Flaherty (48), D O’Flaherty for J O’Shea (55), S Daly for F Hallissey (58).

Referee: Richard Moloney (Limerick)

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