In a gripping finish Flynn, so accurate all through, held his nerve to point a last minute free from an acute angle and victory for Roscrea.
Lorrha made most of the early running with Patrick “Bonnar” Maher the driving force. Approaching the break they were 0-8 to 0-6 ahead but a goal by Jamie Bergin just before the interval was vital for Roscrea who still trailed at half-time, 0-10 to 1-6.
When Noel Hogan netted for Lorrha towards the end of the third quarter to put them 1-12 to 1-9 clear it looked as though they might go on to win but Roscrea responded quickly with a Jamie Carroll goal.
This set up the exciting finish and, with such as Diarmuid Fitzgerald, Dara Spooner, James Bergin and David Flynn starring, Roscrea proved the stronger despite the best efforts of “Bonnar” Maher, Dara and Shane Maher and Noel Hogan for Lorrha. It was Flynn’s great strike in the last minute from 60 metres out, on the touchline, that put Roscrea through.
Roscrea’s win sets the scene for the fourth round of the county senior hurling championships, games which will be played on the weekend of September 15 and 16. The pairings are — Sept. 15th at Cashel, Drom-Inch (holders) v Carrick Swans; Borrisoleigh v Eire Og, Anacarty; Sept 16th at Nenagh — Toomevara v Kildangan; Roscrea v Loughmore-Castleiney.
The following weekend they will be joined by the four divisional champions for the county quarter-finals.
In the county football championship, Clonmel Commercials had to work very hard for their 0-14 to 1-9 win over Cahir at Ardfinnan with Ian Barnes, Luke Moore, and Colman Kennedy impressing for the winners.