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Firing two goals and winning a first hurling medal with Galway in six years

The league final win was a personal triumph for the 22-year-old.

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JASON FLYNN CAPTURED the mood of the Galway hurlers.

There was no wild scenes of celebration in the aftermath in the Gaelic Ground yesterday, more a sense of satisfaction at entering the winners enclosure on a national final day.

Flynn was the perfect representation of that. He’s into his fourth senior season with the Galway hurlers yet this was his first major honour.

Jason Flynn with captain David Burke celebrate winning the Division 1 trophy Jason Flynn (right) with Galway hurling captain David Burke. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

For the 22-year-old it was a day where a milestone was reached.

“It’s a nice feeling, it’s a sweet one. I haven’t won a medal with Galway since 2011, since the (All-Ireland) minor final.

“We’re after getting beaten in Leinster finals and All-Ireland finals. So it’s really nice. Hopefully it’ll be a catalyst for the rest of the year.”

Flynn walked off with the man-of-the-match award, piercing the Tipperary defence for a pair of second-half goals that catapulted Galway to victory.

It was neat transformation from a first-half where he’d shot three wides with point attempts and was denied a goal in the 22nd minute by a smart save from Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson.

Jason Flynn Jason Flynn celebrates his first goal of the game for Galway Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Jason Flynn Jason Flynn celebrates hitting the net for the second time for Galway. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

“I had a good goal chance in the first half and then I had a few wides as well. So I just said to myself, I’d keep the head down and try to get a few scores early on.

“Luckily the ball broke in lovely for me (for the first) and Cathal (Mannion) hit me an excellent ball for the second one. I ha a few injuries the start of the year, it’s nice definitely to get going in the final and get a start.”

Flynn only came on as a substitute in the semi-final win against Limerick a week previously but he has hit full speed at just the right time.

After the dejection at seeing the prized promotion spot from Division 1B elude them, Galway have seen the month of April alter their season.

“It was hard to know where we were coming into the Waterford game”, admits Flynn.

“Definitely when the question was asked in that game, we really stood up to it in the last 10 to 15 minutes. That really gave us confidence coming into the Limerick game and again yesterday.

“At the start of the year we wanted to get up to Division 1A and we failed to do so. The next target, we said we’d try and target the league, try to get a bit of silverware.

“Hopefully we’ll drive on and this will give us a good bit of confidence going into the championship.”

The Tommie Larkins club man is part of a highly competitive race for places in the Galway starting attack.

The return from New York of another towering young attacker has bolstered their challenge further.

Johnny Glynn lining out for the county yesterday for the first time since the 2015 All-Ireland final.

“It was super to see him,” says Flynn.

“The first puck out that came up his way, he caught it straight away, so it was excellent to see.

“Johnny’s a great guy, he’ll give 100% every day he goes out there, so it was just great to have him back.”

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