Flan­nery proves class is for­ever


FANS Of the Os­cars and other such award cer­e­monies are well used to see­ing the re­cip­i­ents feign sur­prise. When Conor Flan­nery heard he was set to be named the Ju­nior C foot­baller of the year, his re­ac­tion was one of gen­uine as­ton­ish­ment be­cause, in his own words; 'I only played about one game!'.

It would be fair to say that the for­ward and his lethal feet were used spar­ingly by Bray Em­mets on their march to the Ju­nior C cham­pi­onship this sea­son but when his tal­ents were called upon; he did not dis­ap­point.

For their fi­nal clash with Bless­ing­ton, Flan­nery was handed a start­ing berth and he put on a man of the dis­play as he bagged 2-3 to help them lift the tro­phy.

Dis­plays like that would make one be­lieve that Flan­nery could still mix it with the big boys but what does the man him­self reckon? 'My back hasn't been great so I'm try­ing to get that right. I'd hope to play that level again but hop­ing can only get you so far!'

A re­cent hol­i­day in Ja­pan could well have helped to ease his back wor­ries but only time will tell whether Flan­nery will re­main a big fish in a small pond or have a crack at re­liv­ing his former glo­ries.

Bray’s Conor Flan­nery (left) in ac­tion.

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