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Harty Cup S-F – St. Francis College 4-11 Ard Scoil Rís 1-17
St. Francis College Rochestown defeated Ard Scoil Ris by 4-11 to 1-17 in the Dr. Harty Cup Semi-Final on Saturday January 31st at Charleville.
Rochestown stay on track for quadruple after beating Ard Scoil Rís
By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper
St Francis College, Rochestown 4-11 Ard Scoil Rís 1-17: Dr Harty Cup semi-final: Not since Midleton CBS’s win of 2006 has a Cork school inscribed its name on the Dr Harty Cup, but the possibility of that run ending remains a live possibility after this Charleville cracker.
On Saturday, Rochestown’s St Francis College continued their pitch for the perfect season and maintained hopes of an incredible quadruple with a fine all-round performance against holders Ardscoil Rís. The O’Callaghan Cup (Cork SAHC) is already in the cabinet, the final of its football equivalent (Simcox Cup) is approaching and next Saturday they face St Brendan’s of Killarney in the Corn Uí Mhuirí semi-final.
A first-ever Harty would cap it all and selector Diarmuid Fahy expressed his delight after an impressive win. “It’s a massive achievement for the school,” he said. “They kept their heads all through, they were fantastic.
Though the point-scoring sights will have to be calibrated before the final against Thurles, it was otherwise hard to fault Rochestown. Seán Powter’s two goals were a great reward for his industry while 1-3 and 1-2 respectively from Ciarán Cormack and Shane Kingston won’t surprise any observers of underage hurling in Cork.
John Cashman and David Griffin at full- and centre-back, switched from their usual posts, helped to lead a good defensive effort and at midfield John O’Sullivan ran himself to a standstill, scoring one point but involved at the coalface for countless others.
Rochestown enjoyed a dream start, up 0-6 to 0-2 and 0-7 to 0-3 inside 20 minutes despite playing against the wind. Kingston went close to an early goal too, but there appeared to be an inevitability about how Ardscoil began to claw their way back into the game.
Ronan Lynch led the charge as they drew level only for Powter to fire to the net for ‘Roco’ on 28 minutes after he had extracted the ball from a scrum of players. Even still, though, Ardscoil managed to tie matters by half-time, Peter Casey with two fine points and then Nathan Fox with a long-range effort.
Casey and Lynch then put the Limerick school ahead for the first time early in the second half, but when the difficult questions were asked, Rochestown had the answers. Diarmaid O’Mahony levelled from halfway after Griffin had batted down a ball he shouldn’t have got to, and then Kingston struck for a goal, cracking a powerful shot from the right after he had created the chance himself.
Casey’s fifth point left just two in it, but then Rochestown bagged a third goal. Kingston’s long-range goal attempt looked speculative but it required goalkeeper Seán Mullane to parry the ball and Powter slid in to force the ball over the line. Points from Lynch kept Ardscoil within touching distance but once more Rochestown came up with a goal when required and the best was saved until last. O’Sullivan played a nice ball to Powter and his pass was beautifully controlled by Cormack, who applied a lovely finish.
That made it 4-10 to 0-15, but even then Ardscoil weren’t lying down. Lynch added two more frees to bring his tally to nine points, though when Daniel Meaney pointed in injury time it looked to have decided the outcome. There was time for Ardscoil to win a late penalty but though Lynch drilled that home, it was the last action. The final awaits for Rochestown.
“A lot of the lads will be playing next Saturday again against Brendan’s but they’re managing well,” Fahy said. They’re well looked after in their clubs, which is very important too. The support from them and the school community is fantastic. There are a lot of wise heads on young shoulders.”
Scorers for Rochestown: S Powter 2-0, C Cormack 1-3 (three frees), S Kingston 1-2, J O’Sullivan, D O’Mahony 0-2 each, L O’Sullivan, D Meaney 0-1 each.
Scorers for Ardscoil Rís: R Lynch 1-9 (1-0 penalty, seven frees), P Casey 0-5 (two frees), N Fox, M Mackey, P O’Loughlin 0-1 each.
ROCHESTOWN COLLEGE: A Cullinane (Douglas); D Murphy (Douglas), J Cashman (Blackrock), N Walsh (Douglas); C Sheehan (Douglas), D Griffin (Carrigaline), D Kelliher (Cobh); E O’Brien (Douglas), J O’Sullivan (Blackrock); D Meaney (Blackrock), D O’Mahony (Douglas), S Kingston (Blackrock); L O’Sullivan (Blackrock), C Cormack (Blackrock), S Powter (Douglas).
Subs: M McAuliffe (Douglas) for L O’Sullivan (54), K O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers) for Sheehan (57).
ARD SCOIL RÍS: S Mullane (Mungret); S Hogan (Adare), N Fox (Parteen), J Boylan (Na Piarsaigh); C Holihan (Na Piarsaigh), T Grimes (Na Piarsaigh), S Phelan (Broadford); E Ryan (Adare), J Flynn (Patrickswell); M Mackey (Adare), A Gillane (Patrickswell), P O’Loughlin (Clonlara); P Casey (Na Piarsaigh), R Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), C Boylan (Na Piarsaigh).
Subs: K Howard (Old Christians) for Boylan (half-time), E Mulcahy (Mungret) for Ryan (42).
Referee: D Fox (Clare)
Rochestown College overcome the champions to reach their first ever Harty Cup decider
Rochestown College (Cork) 4-11 Ardscoil Rís (Limerick) 1-17
Report from the42.ie
GOALS WERE CRUCIAL for St Francis College, Rochestown, whose dream season continued as they dethroned Dr Harty Cup holders Ardscoil Rís in their semi-final at Charleville today. Rochestown only trailed once in the whole game, after points from Aaron Gillane and Ronan Lynch had put Ardscoil 0-12 to 1-8 clear early in the second half, but the response was emphatic.
Diarmaid O’Mahony’s point levelled matters before Shane Kingston netted in the 41st minute. Though the impressive Peter Casey responded for Ardscoil, Rochestown’s third goal arrived soon after as Seán Powter slid in for his second green flag after Seán Mullane had saved from Kingston.
That opened up a four-point advantage, 3-9 to 0-14, and when Ciarán Cormack rounded off a beautiful move with skilful control and a perfect finish on 55, it was 4-10 to 0-15.
Like any good champions, Ardscoil died hard as Lynch pointed twice and then, after a point from Rochestown midfielder John O’Sullivan – who was excellent throughout – the Limerick side were awarded a penalty. Lynch drilled his shot past the three men on the line to give himself a personal tally of 1-9 and leave just three points in it, but it proved to be the last action.
In the first half, Rochestown had led by four points on two separate occasions but poor shooting was costly and Lynch had helped Ardscoil to level by the 26th minute. While Powter’s first goal gave Rochestown breathing space again, points from Casey (two) and Nathan Fox left it level at the break. In their first ever Dr Harty Cup final, Rochestown will play Thurles CBS on Saturday, 21 February.
Scorers for Rochestown: Seán Powter 2-0, Ciarán Cormack 1-3 (0-3 frees), Shane Kingston 1-2, John O’Sullivan, Diarmaid O’Mahony 0-2 each, Liam O’Sullivan, Daniel Meaney 0-1 each.
Scorers for Ardscoil Rís: Ronan Lynch 1-9 (1-0 penalty, 0-7 frees), Peter Casey 0-5 (0-2 frees), Nathan Fox, Michael Mackey, Páraic O’Loughlin 0-1 each.
1. Andrew Cullinane (Douglas)
2. Donnchadh Murphy (Douglas)
6. John Cashman (Blackrock)
4. Nathan Walsh (Douglas)
7. Cathal Sheehan (Douglas)
3. David Griffin (Carrigaline)
5. Darragh Kelliher (Cobh)
8. Eoghan O’Brien (Douglas)
9. John O’Sullivan (Blackrock)
25. Daniel Meaney (Blackrock)
11. Diarmaid O’Mahony (Douglas)
12. Shane Kingston (Blackrock)
15. Liam O’Sullivan (Blackrock)
10. Ciarán Cormack (Blackrock)
14. Seán Powter (Douglas)
17. Matthew McAuliffe (Douglas) for Liam O’Sullivan (54)
23. Kevin O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers) for Sheehan (57)
1. Seán Mullane (Mungret)
2. Seán Hogan (Adare)
7. Nathan Fox (Parteen)
4. Jerome Boylan (Na Piarsaigh)
5. Conor Holihan (Na Piarsaigh)
6. Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh)
3. Seán Phelan (Broadford)
13. Eoin Ryan (Adare)
15. John Flynn (Patrickswell)
11. Michael Mackey (Adare)
9. Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell)
12. Páraic O’Loughlin (Clonlara)
35. Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh)
8. Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh)
14. Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh)
28. Kevin Howard (Old Christians) for Boylan (half-time)
17. Eoghan Mulcahy (Mungret) for Ryan (42)
Referee: Damien Fox (Clare)
When – Saturday January 31st at 3pm
Where – Charleville
Referee – Damien Fox (Clare)
Extra time to be played if necessary
Adults – €5
Students / OAP’s – €3
All Media and Munster Council passes accepted.
Paths to the Quarter-Final
Ard Scoil Ris
Round 1 – Ard Scoil Ris 1-20 Blackwater CS 0-9
Round 2 – Bye
Round 3 – Thurles CBS 3-12 Ard Scoil Ris 0-12
Round 4 – Ard Scoil Ris 1-21 West Limerick College 0-11
Round 5 – Ardscoil Ris 3-14 St. Flannans 2-11
Quarter-Final – Ard Scoil Ris 1-16 Hamilton High School Bandon 1-11
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
For the Record
|Ard Scoil Ris||St. Francis College Rochestown|
|2014 / 2015 Team Management||Niall Moran,
Fergal Lyons &
|Diarmaid Fahy (Courcey Rovers), Michael Cullen (Fr. O’Neills), Humphrey Canty (Newcestown) & Aidan Lonergan (Rosegreen)|
|2014 / 2015 Team Captain||Ronan Lynch||David Griffin|
|2013 / 2014 Dr. Harty Cup Performance||Won the Dr. Harty Cup, defeating Scoil Na Troinoide Naofa Doon by 2-13 to 0-4 in the final.||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 Final where they lost to Midleton by 1-14 to 2-10.||Lost to Our Lady’s Templemore by 3-20 to 4-13 in the Quarter-Final|
|Number of Dr. Harty Cup titles||3||0|
|Last Dr. Harty Cup Title||2013 / 2014||N/A|
Dr. Harty Cup Knockout Stages
A Ard Scoil Ris 1-16 Hamilton High School Bandon 1-11
B St. Francis College Rochestown 3-9 Nenagh CBS 2-8
C Castletroy CC 1-14 Pobalscoil Na Tríonóide 0-16
D Thurles CBS 2-8 Gaelcolaiste Mhuire AG 1-10
Fixed for Saturday January 31st
Castletroy CC V Thurles CBS in Toomevara at 12 noon
Ard Scoil Ris V St Francis Col Rochestown in Charleville at 3pm
Fixed for Saturday February 21st
Ard Scoil Ris
1.Sean Mullane Mungret
2. Sean Hogan Adare
3.Sean Phelan Broadford
4.Jerome Boylan Na Piarsaigh
5.Conor Houlihan Na Piarsaigh
6.Thomas Grimes Na Piarsaigh (VC)
7.Nathan Fox Parteen
8.Ronan Lynch Na Piarsaigh (C)
9.Aaron Gillane Patrickswell
10.Eoin Ryan Adare
11.Michael Mackey Adare
12.Paraic O Loughlin Clonlara
13.Peter Casey Na Piarsaigh
14.Conor Boylan Na Piarsaigh
15.John Flynn Patrickswell
16.Eoghan Foley Na Piarsaigh
17.Eoghan Mulcahy Mungret
18.Kevin Howard Old Christians
19.Gerard Kearns Claughaun
20.Sean Moran Mungret
21.David Fitzgerald Clonlara
22.Jeff Ryan Parteen
23. Mark Connolly Adare
24. Michael Andrews Na Piarsaigh
25.Paul Moloney Broadford
26.Cian Moriarty Clonlara
27.Michael Danagher Cratloe
28.Rory Duff Mungret
29.Luke Buckley Adare
30.Michael Fitzgibbon Mungret
31.Kevin Daly Na Piarsaigh
32.Brian Curtin Adare
Team Management; Niall Moran, Paul Flanagan, Barry Hennessy, Fergal Lyons
St. Francis College Rochestown
1 Andrew Cullinane Douglas
2 Donnchadh Murphy Douglas
3 David Griffin(c) Carrigaline
4 Nathan Walsh Douglas
5 Darragh Kelliher Cobh
6 John Cashman Blackrock
7 Cathal Sheehan Douglas
8 Eoghan O Brien Douglas
9 John O Sullivan Blackrock
10 Ciaran Cormack Blackrock
11 Diarmaid O Mahony Douglas
12 Shane Kingston Douglas
13 Paddy Lynch Blackrock
14 Sean Power Douglas
15 Liam O’Sullivan Blackrock
16 Daniel O Mahony Blackrock
17 Matthew McAulliffe Douglas
18 Rory Crowley Blackrock
19 David Stack Carrigaline
20 Ryan Cantwell Blackrock
21 Ross Coleman Blackrock
22 James Holland Douglas
23 Kevin O’Donovan Nemo Rangers
24 Liam Dineen Douglas
25 Daniel Meaney Blackrock
26 David O Regan Douglas
27 Luke Dunlea Ballygarvan
28 Daniel O Flaherty Tracton
29 Sam McGrath Douglas
30 Jason Murray Douglas
31 Barry Grainger Blackrock
32 Brian Turnbull Douglas
33 Ronan Buckley Blackrock
34 Paul Davidson Douglas
35 Philip Buckley Blackrock
36 Chris Murray Carrigaline
37 Cian O’Driscoll Douglas
Team Management; Diarmaid Fahy (Courcey Rovers), Michael Cullen (Fr. O’Neills), Humphrey Canty (Newcestown) & Aidan Lonergan (Rosegreen)
Dr. Harty Cup Tables after Group Stages
|Group 1 Teams||Played||Won||Lost||Draw||Points|
|West Limerick Col||4||2||1||1||5|
|St Flannans Col||4||0||4||0||0|
|Group 2 Teams||Played||Won||Lost||Draw||Points||Score difference|
|Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG||4||3||1||0||6||21|
|St Colmans Fermoy||4||2||2||0||4||9|
|DLS Waterford Col||4||0||4||0||0||-40|
|Group 3 Teams||Played||Won||Lost||Draw||Points|
|St Caimins Shannon||4||2||2||0||4|
|Our Lady’s Templemore||4||1||3||0||2|
|Group 4 Teams||Played||Won||Lost||Draw||Points||Score difference|
|Hamilton HS Bandon||4||4||0||0||8||18|
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, 2013
Midleton CBS (3) – 1988, 1995, 2006
De La Salle College Waterford (2) – 2007, 2008
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
Colaiste na nDeise (1) – 2012