Paul Flynn (left) and Eoin Kelly (right) were mainstays for the Waterford senior hurling side. INPHO
Déise Delight

Ex-Waterford stars Flynn and Kelly join county U21 hurling management

Sean Power was installed as the county’s new U21 manager with Flynn and Kelly also on board.

FORMER WATERFORD STARS Paul Flynn and Eoin Kelly will become involved in inter-county management this year with the Deise U21 hurlers.

Sean Power was installed as new Waterford U21 hurling manager for 2016 at last night’s county board meeting in Dungarvan, and it was also confirmed that Flynn and Kelly will be part of his management team.

Mount Sion representative Power steered the Déise to the All Ireland minor title against Galway in 2013, the first for the county since 1948.

He will be reunited with many of those players including Austin Gleeson, Shane and Stephen Bennett, Patrick Curran and Tom Devine.

Flynn joins Power as assistant manager. The Ballygunner man enjoyed All Ireland U21 success with Waterford in 1992.

Sean Power New Waterford U21 hurling manager Sean Power Lorraine O'Sullivan / INPHO Lorraine O'Sullivan / INPHO / INPHO

His selectors include two time Allstar Kelly and Lismore’s Kieran O’Gorman, who served as minor mentor three years ago, to complete the backroom set-up. This management team will also take charge of the intermediate hurlers.

County board chairman Paddy Joe Ryan was pleased with the appointment. “We’ve been working on this for a long time and they’re all very experienced people. Sean managed the team that won the All Ireland minor three years ago.

“We’re playing Clare in the Munster semi final at Walsh Park. It’s a tough ask but we’re at home so hopefully there will be good support for the team on the night. I’m very happy with the management team and club delegates are as well.”

Waterford host Clare on July 13 in a repeat of last year’s semi final. The Banner inflicted a 0-23 to 1-18 defeat in Ennis last summer.

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