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Harty Cup Final – Thurles CBS 2-12 Rochestown College 1-12

February 21, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Thurles CBS defeated St. Francis College Rochestown by 2-12 to 1-12 in the Dr. Harty Cup Final on Saturday February 21st at Mallow.

Thurles CBS take Harty Cup title number 8

Thurles CBS (Tipperary) 2-12 St Francis College, Rochestown (Cork) 1-12

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Thurles CBS finished with a flourish to claim Dr Harty Cup glory for an eighth time in Mallow this afternoon. Trailing by a point with 11 minutes remaining, Thurles landed four in a row down the home straight to capture the coveted silverware for the first time since 2009.

The dream dual double died for Rochestown as the Corn Uí Mhuirí finalists were foiled in their first Harty decider. Despite playing against the breeze in the second half, Rochestown still managed to rally from four points down at half-time to draw level by the 44th minute. And with eleven minutes remaining, Rochestown were a point clear when their leading scorer, Ciaran Cormack, landed a free to establish a 1-12 to 2-8 lead.

But Thurles, inspired by midfielder Billy McCarthy, were strong down the home straight and the Thurles Sarsfields dynamo landed two crucial points to put the winners a point ahead again. Kevin Duggan and Michael Connors added further scores for Thurles as they came on strong just when it was needed most to settle a tie that had been level five times.

Thurles lost Niall Heffernan to a second yellow card at the death but they had done enough by then. First half goals from Kevin Duggan and McCarthy were crucial to this latest Harty success for Thurles, who led by 2-7 to 1-6 at the midway point. After Cormack scorched through for a sensational tenth minute goal for Rochestown, Duggan netted in the 16th minute before McCarthy struck on the stroke of half-time.

Shane Kingston was excellent in that first half for Rochestown, collecting three points from play, but the Douglas starlet had a good goal chance saved by William Tierney with 13 minutes left, at a time when Rochestown were a point down. Robbie Long, lively throughout, could have netted for Thurles five minutes before the break but his shot drew a fine save from Andrew Cullinane, before Long followed up to point the rebound.

Scorers for Thurles CBS: B McCarthy 1-2, K Duggan 1-1, N Heffernan 0-4f, R Long 0-2, P Kennedy, R Teehan & M Connors 0-1 each.

Scorers for Rochestown: C Cormack 1-6 (0-5f), S Kingston 0-4, S Powter and D Meaney 0-1 each.

Thurles CBS: W Tierney; D Quirke, E Heffernan, J Derby; T Hayes, J Skehan, C McCullagh; B McCarthy, C Moloney; N Heffernan, K Duggan, P Kennedy; J Butler, R Teehan, R Long
Subs: M Connors for Butler (54), R Purcell for Moloney (56)

ROCHESTOWN: A Cullinane; D Murphy, J Cashman, N Walsh; D Kelliher, D Griffin, C Sheehan; E O’Brien, J O’Sullivan; C Cormack, D O’Mahony, S Kington; D Meaney, S Powter, L O’Sullivan.
Subs: K O’Donovan for Sheehan (30), M McAuliffe for L O’Sullivan (33), J Holland for O’Mahony (37), L Dineen for O’Brien (60).

Referee: Damien Fox (Clare)

Thurles steel finally breaks Rochestown resistance to win Harty Cup

By Bob Lester for the Irish Examiner newspaper

St Francis College, Rochestown 1-12 Thurles CBS 2-12: Harty Cups are earned more than won, and there was certainly nothing easy about Thurles CBS’s victory over a battling St Francis College, Rochestown side in Mallow on Saturday.

On a biting cold afternoon for hurling, Thurles really had to grind out this final win — their eighth in all — and they can thank their lively forward division for this sweet success, their first since 2009, one that looked unlikely for much of the contest.

All their front men hit the target, as well as late substitute Michael Connors, while, for the most part, Rochestown were too reliant on Ciarán Cormack and Shane Kingston (1-10 between them) for scores. Indeed had Kingston put away a gilt-edged chance in the 46th minute — his shot brilliantly saved by Thurles keeper William Tierney — it might have been a different outcome.

Thurles finished both halves with skill and aplomb in the face of strong St Francis College play and it was this toil and effort that gave them the authority to lift the famed trophy. Yet Rochestown started so brightly, Sean Powter and Kingston quickly putting them two points clear. Niall Heffernan, with a free, and Paul Kennedy did level it up, but it was Rochestown, with the aid of the cutting breeze, who were looking sharper, with Darragh Kelleher and David Griffin strong in the half-back line.

And then a great Rochestown goal in the ninth minute, Kingston finding Cormack with an awkward ball, but, with a lot to do, the big Blackrock man showed great skill in controlling the sliotar before firing a belter past Thurles keeper Tierney. Rochestown were in control now and led 1-4 to 0-4 after a lively opening quarter.

Then they were hit for six, sloppy defending by the normally reliable John Cashman saw Ronan Teehan find Kevin Duggan in space and the centre-forward gave Andrew Cullinane no chance to level things up. Undeterred, Rochestown battled back with points from Kingston and Cormack but could not maintain the momentum as Thurles hit them hard in the closing six minutes of the half.

First, tasty full-forward Robbie Long missed a sitter, but did redeem himself with a point when the play broke. Niall Heffernan followed with a free and they led for the first time, in the 27th minute, with another fine point from Long. And then a real sucker punch for Rochestown in the 29th minute, again due to sloppy defending, corner-forward Teehan again the provider, setting up Billy McCarthy for a goal which earned Thurles a 2-7 to 1-6 interval lead.

Rochestown restarted with Daniel Meaney partnering Cathal Moloney at midfield, with Meaney playing deep and doing a fine job on the excellent Billy McCarthy at wing forward, who was a colossus for Thurles CBS, finishing with 1-2. But again Rochestown took up the running, and with quick, forceful hurling, they were level by 43rd minute with a couple of points from Cormack and one apiece from Kingston and Meaney.

But it was Thurles who led 2-8 to 1-10 entering the final quarter when Niall Heffernan, who was sent off for a second yellow offence late in the contest, converted his fourth free. All to play for now, but the portents weren’t great when Kingston was denied that goal chance. Two more Cormack frees did put high octane Rochestown back in front but they could not sustain the impetus, as Thurles found another gear.

With fine displays in defence from Dillon Quirke, Tom Hayes and Jack Skehan, Thurles upped the ante again. First Niall Heffernan to McCarthy, a cracking point, then another gem from the Thurles Sars man, followed by points from Kevin Duggan and sub Michael Connors and Rochestown were dead.

Thurles, with deadly assaults in the final minutes of both halves, had broken Rochestown hearts and the Cork lads will now have to pick themselves up for another final assault next Saturday, this time with the big ball in the Corn Uí Mhuirí decider against Pobalscoil Chorcha Dhuibhne at the Dr Crokes’ pitch in Killarney.

Scorers for Thurles CBS: B. McCarthy 1-2, K. Duggan 1-1, N. Heffernan 0-4 (frees), R. Long 0-2, P. Kennedy, R. Teehan and M. Connors 0-1 each.

Scorers for Rochestown College: C. Cormack 1-6 (0-5 frees), S. Kingston 0-4, M Powter and D. Meaney 0-1 each.

THURLES CBS: W. Kearney (Thurles Sars); D. Quirke (Clonoulty Rossmore), E. Heffernan (do), J. Derby (Thurles Sars); T. Hayes (Moycarkey Borris), J. Skehan (Holycross Ballycahill), C. McCullagh (Moycarkey Borris); P. Kennedy (Drom & Inch), C. Moloney (Thurles Sars); N. Heffernan (Moycarkey Borris), K. Duggan (Galmoy), B. McCarthy (Thurles Sars); R. Teehan (Gortnahoe Glengoole), R. Long (Drom & Inch), J. Butler (Upperchurh Drombane).
Subs: K. O’Dwyer (Killenaule) for McCullagh (29m), M. Connors (Dron & Inch) for Butler (53), R. Purcell (Thurles Sars) for Moloney (55).

ST FRANCIS COLLEGE: A. Cullinane (Douglas); D. Murphy (do), J. Cashman (Blackrock), N. Walsh (Douglas); D. Kelleher (Cobh), D. Griffin (Carrigaline), C. Sheehan (Douglas); E. O’Brien (Douglas), J. O’Sullivan (Blackrock); D. Meaney (do), D. O’Mahony (Douglas), S. Kingston (do); S. Powter (do), C. Cormack (Blackrock), L. O’Sullivan (Blackrock).
Subs: M. McAuliffe (Douglas) for O’Sullivan (33), J. Holland (Douglas) for O’Mahony (35m), L. Dineen (Douglas for O’Brien (59).

Referee: D. Fox (Clare)

When – Saturday February 21st at 1:30pm

Where – Mallow

Referee – Damien Fox (Clare)

Paths to the Final

Thurles CBS

Round 1 – Thurles CBS 5-26 St Flannans 0-6
Round 2 – Thurles CBS 1-15 West Limerick Colleges 3-9
Round 3 – Thurles CBS 3-12 Ard Scoil Ris 0-12
Round 4 – Thurles CBS 2-15 Blackwater CS 3-3
Round 5 – Bye
Quarter-Final – Thurles CBS 2-8 Gaelcolaiste Mhuire AG 1-10
Semi-Final – Thurles CBS 1-9 Castletroy CC 0-11

St. Francis College Rochestown

Round 1 – St Francis College Rochestown 2-14 Charleville CBS 0-13
Round 2 – Bye
Round 3 – St Francis College Rochestown 1-18 PS Youghal 1-8
Round 4 – St Francis College Rochestown 0-16 St Caimins Shannon 0-13
Round 5 – St Francis College Rochestown 2-13 Our Ladys Templemore 0-16
Quarter-Final – St. Francis College Rochestown 3-9 Nenagh CBS 2-8
Semi-Final – St Francis College Rochestown 4-11 Ard Scoil Ris 1-17

For the Record

  Thurles CBS St. Francis College Rochestown
2014 / 2015 Team Management Niall Cahill,
Martin Maher,
John Devane
Diarmaid Fahy (Courcey Rovers), Michael Cullen (Fr. O’Neills), Humphrey Canty (Newcestown) & Aidan Lonergan (Rosegreen)
2014 / 2015 Team Captain Ronan Teehan David Griffin
2013 / 2014 Dr. Harty Cup  Performance Qualified for the Quarter-Final before losing to St Francis College Rochestown by 1-13 to 0-11 Qualified for the semi-final before losing to Scoil Na Trionoide Naofa Doon by 0-15 to 1-9
2013 / 2014 Dean Ryan Cup Under 16 ½ A Hurling Performance Qualified for the Quarter-Final where they lost to the eventual winners Midleton CBS by 1-24 to 1-12 Lost to Our Lady’s Templemore by 3-20 to 4-13 in the Quarter-Final
Number of Dr. Harty Cup titles 7 0
Last Dr. Harty Cup Title 2009 N/A

Dr. Harty Cup Knockout Stages


Ard Scoil Ris 1-16 Hamilton High School Bandon 1-11

St. Francis College Rochestown 3-9 Nenagh CBS 2-8

Castletroy CC 1-14 Pobalscoil Na Tríonóide 0-16

Thurles CBS 2-8 Gaelcolaiste Mhuire AG 1-10


Thurles CBS 1-9 Castletroy CC 0-11

St. Francis College Rochestown 4-11 Ard Scoil Ris 1-17


Thurles CBS v St. Francis College Rochestown
Saturday February 21st at 1:30pm in Mallow

Team Panels

Thurles CBS

1 William Tierney Thurles Sarsfields
2 Dillion Quirke Clonoulty Rossmore
3 Enda Heffernan Clonoulty Rossmore
4 Jack Derby Thurles Sarsfields
5 Ronan Heffernan Clonoulty Rossmore
6 Jack Skehan Holycross Ballycahill
7 Christopher McCullagh Moycarkey Borris
8 Billy McCarthy Thurles Sarsfields
9 Cathal Moloney Thurles Sarsfields
10 Niall Heffernan Moycarkey Borris
11 Kevin Duggan Galmoy
12 Michael Connors Drom & Inch
13 Jack Butler Upperchurch Drombane
14 Ronan Teehan Gortnahoe Glengoole (Captain)
15 Robbie Long Drom & Inch
16 James McCormack Borrisoleigh
17 Tom Hayes Moycarkey Borris
18 Paul Kennedy Drom & Inch
19 Rory Purcell Thurles Sarsfields
20 Brendan Kelly Rathdowney Errill
21 Matt Stakelum Holycross Ballycahill
22 Martán Fennelly Killenaule
23 Killian O’Dwyer Killenaule
24 Eoin Barry Killenaule
25 Michael Purcell Thurles Sarsfields
26 Tom Stakelum Killenaule
27 Conor Stakelum Thurles Sarsfields
28 Jimmy Ryan Clonoulty Rossmore
29 Bill Darcy Thurles Sarsfields
30 Kieran Cummins Moycarkey Borris
31 Stevie Flanagan Holycross Ballycahill
32 David Egan Clonoulty Rossmore
33 Ronan Gleeson Upperchurch Drombane
34 Gary Healy Thurles Sarsfields
35 Adam Garrett Thurles Sarsfields
36 Eric Fanning Moycarkey Borris
37 Micheal Troy Emeralds
38 Diarmaid Leahy Moyne Templetuohy
39 Jack Stapleton Killenaule
40 Jack Bergin JK Brackens
41 Niall Moloney Loughmore Castleliney
42 Faolan Linnane Thurles Sarsfields

St. Francis College Rochestown

  Name (English) Name (Irish) Club
1 Andrew Cullinane Andriu O Ceallachain Douglas
2 Donnchadh Murphy Donnchadh O Murchu Douglas
3 David Griffin(c) Daithi O Griffin Carrigaline
4 Nathan Walsh Nathan Breathnach Douglas
5 Darragh Kelliher Dara O Cealleachair Cobh
6 John Cashman Sean O Coisain Blackrock
7 Cathal Sheehan Cathal O Siochain Douglas
8 Eoghan O Brien Eoghan O Briain Douglas
9 John O Sullivan Sean O’ Suilleabhain Blackrock
10 Ciaran Cormack Ciaran Cormaic Blackrock
11 Diarmaid O Mahony Diarmuid O Mathuna Douglas
12 Shane Kingston Sean MacChlochaire Douglas
13 Daniel Meaney Donal O Maoinigh Blackrock
14 Sean Powter Sean Powter Douglas
15 Liam O’Sullivan Liam O Sulleabhain Blackrock
16 Daniel O Mahony Donal O Mathuna Blackrock
17 Matthew McAulliffe Maitiu MacAlibh Douglas
18 Rory Crowley Rodhrai O Crualaoi Blackrock
19 David Stack Daithi de Staic Carrigaline
20 Ryan Cantwell Riain O Cantuil Blackrock
21 Ross Coleman Rossa O Colmain Blackrock
22 James Holland Seamus Holland Douglas
23 Kevin O’Donovan Caomhin O Donobhain Nemo Rangers
24 Liam Dineen Liam O Dinuin Douglas
25 Paddy Lynch Padraig O Lionsigh Blackrock
26 David O Regan Daithi O Reagain Douglas
27 Luke Dunlea Luc O Dunsleibihe Ballygarvan
28 Daniel O Flaherty Donal O Fleahartaigh Tracton
29 Sam McGrath Sam MacGraith Douglas
30 Jason Murray Jason O Muiri Douglas
31 Barry Grainger Barra O Grainsear Blackrock
32 Brian Turnbull Brion Turnbull Douglas
33 Ronan Buckley Ronan O Buachualla Blackrock
34 Paul Davidson Pol O MacDaithi Douglas
35 Philip Buckley Pilib O Buachualla Blackrock
36 Chris Murray Chriostoir O Muiri Carrigaline
37 Cian O’Driscoll Cian O’Drisceoil Douglas


Dr. Harty Cup Tables after Group Stages

Group 1 Teams Played Won Lost Draw Points
Thurles CBS 4 3 0 1 7
Ardscoil Ris 4 3 1 0 6
West Limerick Col 4 2 1 1 5
Blackwater CS 4 1 3 0 2
St Flannans Col 4 0 4 0 0


Group 2 Teams Played Won Lost Draw Points Score difference
Castletroy CC 4 3 1 0 6 6
Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG 4 3 1 0 6 21
St Colmans Fermoy 4 2 2 0 4 9
SNTN Doon 4 2 2 0 4 4
DLS Waterford Col 4 0 4 0 0 -40


Group 3 Teams Played Won Lost Draw Points
Rochestown College 4 4 0 0 8
P.S Youghal 4 3 1 0 6
St Caimins Shannon 4 2 2 0 4
Our Lady’s Templemore 4 1 3 0 2
Charleville CBS 4 0 3 0 0


Group 4 Teams Played Won Lost Draw Points Score difference
Hamilton HS Bandon 4 4 0 0 8 18
Nenagh CBS 4 3 1 0 6 6
Midleton CBS 4 2 2 0 4 3
Dungarvan CBS 4 1 3 0 2 -6
HS Clonmel 4 0 4 0 0 -21

Dr. Harty Cup Roll Of Honour

St. Flannan’s, Ennis (21) – 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1976, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005

North Monastery, Cork (19) – 1919, 1929, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1955, 1960, 1961, 1970, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1994

Limerick CBS (10) – 1920, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1932, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1993

St Colman’s College, Fermoy (9) – 1948, 1949, 1977, 1992, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003

Thurles CBS (7) – 1933, 1938, 1939, 1950, 1951, 1956, 2009

St. Finbarr’s, Cork (7) – 1963, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1984

Rockwell College (5) – 1918, 1923, 1924, 1930, 1931

Ardscoil Rís, Limerick (3) – 2010, 2011, 2014

Midleton CBS  (3) – 1988, 1995, 2006

De La Salle College Waterford (2) – 2007, 2008

Colaiste na nDeise / Dungarvan Colleges (2) – 2012, 2013

St. Munchin’s  (1) – 1922

Mount Sion (1) – 1953

Abbey CBS, Tipperary Town (1) – 1959

Rice College, Ennis (1) – 1962

Coláiste Chríost Rí (1) – 1968

Colaiste Iognaid Ris, Cork (1) – 1975

Templemore CBS (1) – 1978


February 21, 2015
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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