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‘Players know they have a big job to do’

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Two weeks later than expected, St Flannan’s College will find themselves in the Harty Cup final.

Roll of honour leaders, St Flannan’s face off with a promising CBC Cork side who have yet to win the competition. The final was originally scheduled to take place two weeks ago but was postponed forty five minutes before throw in.

In the intervening two weeks, Flannan’s have played challenge matches against the Clare minor hurlers and the Clarecastle U21s.

Speaking ahead of the final, manager Kevin O’Grady highlighted that the players were fully cognisant of the challenge that lies ahead. “I feel they know that they have a big job to do. It’s going to be a big task but hopefully the games from earlier rounds will stand to them, that’s the hope but we’ll never know until the game is played”.

It is expected that the Brendan Bugler coached outfit will make little changes to their line-up. Clooney/Quin’s Eoin Guilfoyle who was a member of last year’s county minor panel is still out of action having sustained an injury during the warm-up of their quarter-final win over St Josephs Tulla.

Joint captains Cian Galvin and Conner Hegarty are set to start at centre back and midfield respectively with former Clare minor captain Darragh Healy to wear number three. Diarmuid Cahill, Killian O’Connor and Ashley Brohan are expect to fill key roles in attack alongside Peter Power and Cian Cassidy.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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