CHAMPIONS Ardscoil Ris crashed out of the Dr Harty Cup this Wednesday.
Defeat in their final group game ended 12 successive seasons of reaching the knockout stages of the famous Munster Colleges hurling competition for the Limerick city side.
But Limerick will have a continued interest in the Munster Post Primary Schools Senior A Hurling Championship (U-19) after Hospital’s John the Baptist community School maintained their winning streak to advance to the last eight.
Ardscoil Ris needed to overcome St Colmans College, of Fermoy, this Wednesday, but fell to a 2-19 to 1-15 defeat in Kilmallock.
Meanwhile, John the Baptist Community School, Hospital secured their quarter-final spot following a hard-earned 2-14 to 0-17 win over Blackwater Coommunity School, of Waterford, in Ardfinnan on Wednesday.
A 52nd minute goal from Oisín O'Grady, a brilliant over the head flick, saw the close fought tie swing in favour of the Limerick men.
The sides had been level at 1-13 to 0-16 points when O'Grady flicked Micheál Martin's delivery to the net. At half time, the men from the ‘Deise’ had led by 0-12 to 1-7 following an even enough opening half hour.
In just their second season in the top flight of the Harty Cup, John the Baptist made a dream start, scoring a goal within in 90 seconds as full forward Dylan O'Shea rattled the net with a powerful strike.
Despite that dream start, the south Limerick side failed to reach the performance level they displayed in their impressive opening round win over Our Lady's Templemore, in that opening 30 minutes, but rallied to go in just two points down at the short whistle.
The Limerick side failed to score between the 10th and 21st minutes when Blackwater managed seven unanswered points.
Hospital struggled to contain Blackwater's sharpshooter Aaron Ryan who notched 0-10 in the opening half, including seven frees. As a result the Waterford side led 0-12 to 1-7 at the end of the first half.
The pick of John the Baptist's points in that opening period was a smashing effort from corner forward Ryan Tobin after a lung-bursting surge from Kevin Bonar shortly before half-time.
John the Baptist, who were defeated in the quarter finals last season by Our Lady's Templemore, upped their performance level after the restart and added another 1-7 in the second half to match their first period scoring feat.
Points from Oisín and Brian O'Grady, who notched four crucial points in all, and a fine long range effort from top scorer Dylan O'Shea finally settled the Limerick side down.
Hospital went a point in front on 46 minutes when Micheál Martin struck for a smashing score, 1-12 to 0-14.
After Ryan levelled for Blackwater once again, John the Baptist substitute Conor Burke shot his side in front once more, when firing over after cutting in from the left wing.
The sides remained level with just 10 minutes remaining. However, O'Grady's brilliantly-executed goal finally saw Hospital regain the upperhand and ultimately seal their quarter-final spot with a second group win.
Colleges GAA: @jtbcstweets through to Dr Harty Cup Munster Colleges senior A hurling 1/4 finals after 2-14 to 0-17 win v Blackwater Community School at Ardfinnan today #LLSport @Munsterpps @Limerick_Leader pic.twitter.com/J2LReDHk8F— Colm Kinsella (@ckSportLeader) November 21, 2018
Elsewhere, unlucky to be drawn in by far the toughest of the four qualifying groups, defending Harty Cup champions Ardscoil Rís failed to advance when crashing to competition favourites St Colmans.
Stunned by concession of a goal inside a minute, the North Circular Road School never got their noses in front apart from a single minute during the opening quarter as they struggled through to make a real impact.
ARDSCOIL RÍS: Cillian O’Brien (Clonlara); Jathan McMahon (Clonlara),Evan Keogh (Cratloe), Brian Daly (Kilmallock); Storm Devanney (Sixmilebridge), Colin Coughlan (Ballybrown), Emmet McEvoy (NaPiarsaigh); Aidan O’Connor (Ballybrown), Adam McNamara (NaPiarsaigh,); Seán Long (Na Piarsaigh), Conor Bourke (Clonlara), Aidan Moriarty (Clonlara); Barry O’Connor (Ballybrown), Seán Connolly(Adare), Cathal O’Neill (Crecora). SUBS: Seán Begley (Clonlara) for Barry O’Connor (41 minutes), Shane O’Brien (Kilmallock) for Seán Connolly (47 minutes), Chams Jagana (Mungret) for Adam McNamara (52minutes).
SCORERS: John the Baptist CS: Dylan O'Shea 1-4 (0-2 frees, 0-1 '65), Brian O'Grady 0-4 (0-1 free), Oisín O'Grady (1-1), Micheál Martin 0-2, Ryan Tobin, Eoin O'Mahony, Conor Burke 0-1 each. Blackwater Community School: Aaron Ryan 0-13 (0-9 frees), Oisín O'Gorman, Gavin Fives 0-2 each.
JOHN THE BAPTIST CS: Darragh McAuley (Emly-Treacys), Killian Real (Hospital-Herbertstown), Mark Quinlan (Garryspillane), Patrick Byrne (Ballybricken-Bohermore), Bryan Heavey (Garryspillane), Kevin Bonar (Bruff), Alan Buckley (Knockainey); Eoin O'Mahony (Garryspillane), Patrick Reale (Knockainey), Oisin O'Grady (Hospital-Herbertstown), Brian O'Grady (Kilteely-Dromkeen), Micheál Martin (Ballybricken-Bohermore), Aidan O'Heney (Emly-Treacys), Dylan O'Shea (Garryspillane), Ryan Tobin (Garryspillane). Substitutes: Peter Morrissey (Garryspillane) for Patrick Reale, Conor Burke (Emly-Treacys) for O'Heney (both 39 mins).
BLACKWATER COMMUNITY SCHOOL: Dean Beecher; Bernard Wright, Connor Howard, Jamie Power; Ivan O'Neill, Edward Walsh, Sean Hickey; Kyle Bennett, Gavin Fives; Tireoghan Flynn, Kieran Crawford, Aaron Ryan; James Walsh, Ryan Bennett, Oisin O'Gorman. Substitute: Morgan Buckley for Ryan Bennett.
REFEREE: Noel Cosgrave (Tipperary)