Dr. Harty Cup Quarter-Final – Nenagh CBS 0-16 Thurles CBS 1-13

Kennedy snatches late Thurles leveller

Thurles CBS 1-13 Nenagh CBS 0-16

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

ALL-IRELAND minor football medallist Seamus Kennedy scored an equalising point in the 10th minute of stoppage time as Thurles CBS salvaged a replay from a gripping Dr Harty Cup quarter-final with Tipp rivals Nenagh CBS at Dolla yesterday. Referee Fergal Horgan added an extra 11 minutes and that gave 2009 champions Thurles the time they needed to snatch a draw in front of a bumper crowd. After the regulation hour, Nenagh were on course to avenge their 2010 semi-final defeat by Thurles as they led 0-16 to 0-11 but the seven-time winners struck late with a 1-2 haul to level proceedings. In the fourth minute of injury time, Kevin Slattery pounced for a close range goal, after Pat Ralph’s viciously-struck 20m free was saved, and, incredibly, late points from Conor Lanigan (free) and Kennedy ensured a replay next week.

Nenagh will argue far too much added time was played but it was a stop-start affair in the second-half and a serious injury to Nenagh full-back Niall Gleeson held the game up for four minutes. Thurles also racked up 16 wides, including 10 in the second-half, and suffered from free-taking troubles throughout the game. Clonoulty-Rossmore’s Sean Maher helped himself to three points from play for Thurles but the centre-forward was also guilty of five wides in the second-half.

Nenagh mentors will hope their players are not scarred psychologically after letting the lead slip in the dying minutes, but they certainly won’t lie down in the replay and have a potential match winner in Jason Forde. On home soil, the Silvermines star scored 0-9, including five frees and a sideline cut. Forde was to the fore in the opening half as Nenagh, who conceded the opening two scores, hit a purple patch of eight points without reply to establish a commanding 0-8 to 0-2 lead. Conor Lanigan’s 23rd minute point ended a 17-minute barren spell for Thurles and, by half-time, they were in touch, trailing by 0-7 to 0-9.

Midway through the second period, the sides were level at 0-11 apiece before Nenagh stepped on the gas again and cruised into a 0-16 to 0-11 lead with a run of five unanswered scores. With Thurles profligate in front of goal, Nenagh looked on course for a sweet victory but there was still time left, plenty for it, for Thurles to mount a remarkable comeback.

Scorers for Thurles CBS: K Slattery 1-1, Sean Maher (Clonoulty-Rossmore) 0-3, P Ralph 0-3 (2f), C Lanigan 0-3 (2f), C Hammersley 0-2, S Kennedy 0-1.

Scorers for Nenagh CBS: J Forde 0-9 (5f, 1 sl), P Fogarty 0-2, J Loughnane, T Gallagher, S O’Brien, P Shanahan & J Mackey, 0-1 each.

THURLES CBS: J Maher; J Bourke, J Ryan, B Troy; R Maher, S Kennedy, C Quirke; S Nally, S Cahill; C Hammersley, Sean Maher (Clonoulty-Rossmore), K Slattery; E Moriarty, P Ralph, C Lanigan.
Subs: J Meagher for Moriarty (40), Sean Maher (Sean Treacys) for Cahill (54), P Hayes for R Maher (60+6).

NENAGH CBS: W Power; D Quinn, N Gleeson, S Cleary; E Hynes, J Peters, J Flaherty; J Loughnane, T Gallagher; P Shanahan, C Delaney, S O’Brien; J Forde, P Fogarty, J Mackey.
Subs: C Leo for Gleeson (inj, 37), K Gleeson for Mackey (60+2).

Referee: F Horgan (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams)

Dr. Harty Cup Quarter-Final – Ardscoil Rís Limerick 2-15 Castletroy College 1-7

Holders Ardscoil power into semi-finals

Ardscoil Rís 2-15 Castletroy College 1-7

By Eamonn Ryan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

HOLDERS Ardscoil Rís eased into the semi-finals of the Harty Cup after they saw off the challenge of cross-city rivals Castletroy College. Ardscoil were on the back foot for long periods but still managed to engineer an 11-point win in this Limerick derby clash. In their first year at this level, Castletroy College started brightly and had two scores on the board inside five minutes from free-taker Killian Enright and Gearoid Hegarty (son of former Limerick star, Ger). Steadily, Ardscoil Rís were growing in stature but eight first-half wides hindered their progress until a 22nd minute goal from Jack Kelleher put them in the driving seat, leading 1-2 to 0-4.

By the interval, Ardscoil were 1-4 to 0-5 ahead, with Cian Lynch adding a fine score to earlier pointed frees from Clare underage star Jamie Shanahan. But on the change of ends, Castletroy hit back with a Edward Doyle penalty low to the net to snatch back the lead, after half-time replacement Christopher Noonan was upended. Enright added a point from play and the underdogs were 1-6 to 1-5 ahead. But this sprung Ardscoil Rís to life and they limited Castletroy College to just one pointed free in the remaining 25 minutes to ensure there was no shock defeat for last season’s All-Ireland finalists.

Ardscoil may only have four (Hall, O’Connell, Shanahan and O’Brien) remaining from the side that lined out in last year’s Harty victory but the experience of qualifying for six straight knockout stages of the competition ensured they never panicked when Castletroy tested their resolve in the opening 40 minutes. After the early scoring from Castletroy in the second half, Ardscoil hit back and Shanahan’s free-taking settled his side. Five points between the 37th and 48th minutes brought his tally to eight and had the champions back 1-11 to 1-6 ahead and well on the road to the semi-finals. If confirmation were needed it came 10 minutes from time, when Kevin O’Brien broke clear of the defence and crashed to the net. He added a point and three substitutes put the icing on the win with late points to move the champions easily into the last four, where they await the replay between Thurles CBS and Nenagh CBS.

Scorers for Ardscoil Rís: J Shanahan 0-8fs, J Kelleher, K O’Brien 1-1 each, C Lynch, R Lynch, M Foley, C O’Brien, M O’Loughlin 0-1 each.

Scorers for Castletroy College: K Enright 0-5 (4fs), E Doyle 1-0 (pen), S Power (f), G Hegarty 0-1 each.

ARDSCOIL RÍS: D Dempsey; R Kirby, PJ Hall, K McNamara; E Fitzgerald, B O’Connell, S Fitzgerald; J Shanahan, J Hannon; W O’Donoghue, R Lynch, J Kelleher; L O’Brien, K O’Brien, C Lynch.

Subs: C O’Brien for L O’Brien (49), E Keogh for E Fitzgerald (52s), M Foley for O’Donoghue (54), M O’Loughlin for O’Brien (57), C McCarthy for Lynch (59).

CASTLETROY COLLEGE: C O’Dwyer; P Morrissey, A Hanley, C O’Brien; J Enright, S Power, J Stack; D Kennedy, S Griffin; J Fox, W Shanahan, A La Touche Cosgrave; E Doyle, G Hegarty, K Enright.

Subs: C Noonan for Stack (ht), J Porter for J Enright (ht), J Nicholas for Shanahan (51), J Sheehan for Griffin (57), B McGinty for Fox (60).

Referee: S Hourigan (Rathkeale)

Dr. Harty Cup Quarter-Final – DLS Waterford 2-12 Midleton CBS 0-7

O’Flynn the ace for De La Salle

De La Salle (Waterford) 2-12 Midleton CBS 0-7

By Fintan O’ Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

AN 11-point winning margin, embellished by a late 1-2 blast, was representative of the superiority De La Salle exerted over Midleton CBS in yesterday’s Dr Harty Cup quarter-final in Cappoquin. The Waterford city side were in formidable form in advancing to a semi-final date with local rivals Coláiste na Déise that bristles with promise. De La Salle will now be bidding to reach their first decider since they completed back to back titles in 2008 and the nature of this display will fuel their hopes.

The physical edge they enjoyed over Midleton CBS was a key facet on a day the soft pitch prevented either team from constructing flowing passages of play. The De La Salle rearguard were outstanding with full-back Paul Coughlan, centre-back Austin Gleeson and wing-back Sam O’Neill leading the way. The concession of only two points from play in the first-half and none in the second-half spoke volumes for the standards of their defending.  Behind them goalkeeper Mark Sheridan made a vital contribution in the first-half with a string of important saves, denying Midleton CBS a goal that would have invigorated their flagging challenge. De La Salle’s cause was aided by the absence of Cork minor Dillon Cahill with a hamstring injury. He had been the scoring star as Midleton topped Group B before Christmas and didn’t enter the action until midway through the second-half.

Star of the show for De La Salle was attacker Darragh O’Flynn. The Erin’s Own youngster, a Waterford minor last year, was responsible for every white flag De La Salle raised. His accuracy from placed balls was graphically illustrated in his return of 11 scores out of 13 efforts from a wide variety of angles. He consistently punished Midleton CBS indiscretions and was grateful to the likes of centre-forward Barry O’Sullivan who drew fouls with his ball-winning abilities.  O’Flynn’s prowess was central to De La Salle’s command on the scoreboard from the off. Yet the fact no other player managed to register a point may need to be addressed before their semi-final showdown.

O’Flynn early scoring heroics helped propel De La Salle into a 1-5 to 0-1 lead by the 17th minute. The goalarrived after seven minutes courtesy of Tom Mullally who was on hand to convert a rebound after Dessie Hutchinson’s initial shot had been saved by Coran Swayne. Midleton were struggling, yet they recovered admirably to enjoy their most productive spell before the interval.  In defence James McCarthy and Leslie Coughlan tightened up matters to ensure they stopped leaking scores while wing-back Stephen Treacy and full-forward Pat White floated over lovely points from play. Cormac Walsh, who constantly sought to drive the team on from midfield, held his nerve to bang over a couple of long-range frees and suddenly the interval deficit looked more manageable as they trailed 1-7 to 0-6.

However, the East Cork school never managed to maintain the impetus. The half-time break interrupted their momentum and they only managed to chalk up a single score in the second-half when Walsh struck over a free. De La Salle settled themselves at the interval and O’Flynn fired over three frees in the first four minutes of the second-half to create a larger gap on the scoreboard. Not even the introduction of dangerman Cahill could alter the outcome as the De La Salle defence held firm and substitute Conor Sheehan sealed victory when batting to the net in the 54th minute.

Scorers for De La Salle: D O’Flynn 0-12 (0-10f, 0-1 ’65), T Mullally, C Sheehan 1-0 each.

Scorers for Midleton CBS: C Walsh 0-4 (0-4f), S Treacy, D Morrissey (0-1f), P White 0-1 each.

DE LA SALLE: M Sheridan (Erin’s Own); B O’Keeffe (Ballygunner), P Coughlan (Ballygunner), K Walsh (Piltown); A O’Sullivan (De La Salle), A Gleeson (Mount Sion), S O’Neill (Erin’s Own); C Breheny (Butlerstown), S McNulty (De La Salle); M O’Brien (Ferrybank), B O’Sullivan (Ballygunner), D O’Flynn (Erins Own); D Hutchinson (Ballygunner), P Flynn (De La Salle), T Mullally (Ballygunner).

Subs: A Farrell (De La Salle) for O’Brien (50), C Sheehan (Ballygunner) for Mullally (51), R Hurley (Passage) for Hutchinson (55), C Fleming (Mooncoin) for Breheny (58).

MIDLETON CBS: C Swayne (Midleton); J McCarthy (Kiltha Óg), L Coughlan (Midleton), A Kenneally (Fr O’Neill’s); S Treacy (Killeagh), M O’Keeffe (Fr O’Neill’s), D Quirke (Midleton); C Walsh (Midleton), N Motherway (Kiltha Óg); D Cahill (Killeagh), I Kennefick (Midleton), D Walsh (Killeagh); D Morrissey (Midleton), P White (Midleton), S Hegarty (Kiltha Óg).

Subs: D Cahill (Cloyne) for Kennefick (43), D Dineen (Cloyne) for Kenneally (46), T Hartnett (Aghada) for Motherway (59).

Referee: N Cosgrave (Tipperary)

Dr. Harty Cup Quarter-Final – Colaiste Na Deise 1-13 St Flannan’s 1-12

14-man Coláiste dig deep to prevail

Coláiste na nDéise 1-13 St Flannan’s College 1-12

By Conor Kane for the Irish Examiner newspaper

DESPITE playing the entire game with 14 men, Coláiste na nDéise still managed to keep their noses ahead of hurling bluebloods St Flannan’s and claim the spoils in this Harty Cup quarter-final in Tipperary town. Midfielder Kieran Power received a red card from referee John O’Brien before the ball was thrown in, after an incident which left Martin O’Leary on the ground. But the numerical deficit didn’t stop the west Waterford side.

Ten points from wing-forward Cathal Curran — all from placed balls — laid the foundation for the victory while Michael Hurney turned in an impressive performance at centre-forward, bagging 1-1 from play. St Flannan’s were off tempo in the opening half and conceded too many frees which Curran converted time and again. Hurney’s 21st minute goal came after he scrambled the sliothar into the net, and edged the Waterford three clear (1-7 to 0-7) at the break.

The Ennis outfit stormed back into contention on the restart as a goal from a long-range Stephen Ward effort levelled the tie and made for a tense second period. The Clare team’s only time in front came when the influential Tony Kelly converted a free to put them 1-9 to 1-9 to the good but their opponents responded in kind with more points from Curran and an excellent effort from play by Michael Hurney. They led by two heading towards the end before a fine score from Tony Kelly gave Flannan’s hope of a dramatic rescue, but the equaliser they needed never came.

Scorers for Coláiste na nDéise: C Curran 0-10 (9f, 1 65), M Hurney 1-1, M Kiely 0-1, P Curran 0-1.

Scorers for St Flannan’s: T. Kelly 0-5 (0-4f), P Duggan 0-3 (2f, 1 sideline), S Ward 1-0, M O’Leary 0-1, C Cleary 0-1 (f), S O’Donnell 0-1, D Reidy 0-1.

COLÁISTE NA NDÉISE: E Kearns, S O’Donovan, T Tobin, T Burke, E Collins, T Devine, K Sheehan, K Power, C Dunford, C Curran, M Hurney, R Donnelly, M Kiely, K Daly, P Curran.

Sub: B Looby for C Dunford.

ST FLANNAN’S COLLEGE: E Quilligan, D Conroy, J Brown, S Kelleher, G Ryan, T Kelly, A McGuane, C Cleary, M O’Leary, P Duggan, M McGuane, S Ward, B Duggan, S O’Donnell, D Reidy.

Referee: J O’Brien (Cork)