Charleville hurled up a storm with the wind to collect another cup 

Charleville hurled up a storm with the wind to collect another cup 

Charleville players Jack Barry, Daren Butler, Cathal O’Carroll and Mark Kavanagh at the final whistle after beating Fr O'Neill's. Picture: Dan Linehan

A GALE force wind, some great goals and a lucky one, along with some great individual displays – the Co-Op Superstores SAHC final on Sunday between Charleville and Fr O'Neill's had it all.

The conditions were far from perfect with the wind blowing from the city end towards Blackrock and with Fr O'Neill's having played with it in the first-half it was a case of seeing could they hold out against it in the second.

What ensued was 30 plus minutes of enthralling action, with O'Neill's getting three goals, Charleville a somewhat lucky one through Darragh Fitzgibbon, but it helped them to win by a single point – 1-23 to 4-13.

All those fortunate enough to be present or who tuned into the live stream saw a game worthy of any final and two teams who certainly can't be faulted for their efforts.

One of the key players in that second-half for Charleville, who turned around a half-time deficit of nine points to win by one, was midfielder Daniel O'Flynn.

Any time one of your midfielders chips in with six points then you know he has had a good game, even if he did move to centre-forward. Five of them came in the second half and it was no great surprise to see him named Co-Op Superstores Man of the Match.

As well as playing championship hurling it has been a busy few months for Daniel, with a new baby arriving into the household a few months ago.

As he explained, to come home to Odhran is great as he doesn't care if you won or lost!

“We are delighted to win, we put ourselves under savage pressure at times, but just delighted to have won.

“There was a strong wind there and it was a huge factor in the game, but I think the lads showed fantastic character and kept plugging away and managed to get back into the game.

“Fair enough we got a lucky goal and after that, I think we showed the character we are made of and thank God we managed to win.

“I don't know where the points I scored came from as most of the time they go wide, so it was nice to see them going over. You do whatever you can to help the team and I am one of the older lads so you are supposed to give some of example.

“But testament to all the lads they gave it everything and the subs that came on made a difference as well. It's great to have won and we can look forward to playing in the premier championship next year.

“That will bring its own challenges but we are looking forward to it."

Charleville manager Claude Gough with Jack Barry celebrate after. Picture: Dan Linehan
Charleville manager Claude Gough with Jack Barry celebrate after. Picture: Dan Linehan

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