Limerick’s Doon CBS progress in Harty Cup

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

A sensational performance from Doon CBS secured a quarter-final place in the Dr Harty Cup this Wednesday when they knocked out St Flannan’s of Ennis with a 3-19 to 0-14 win in the Gaelic Grounds.

A sensational performance from Doon CBS secured a quarter-final place in the Dr Harty Cup this Wednesday when they knocked out St Flannan’s of Ennis with a 3-19 to 0-14 win in the Gaelic Grounds.

A sensational performance from Doon CBS secured a quarter-final place in the Dr Harty Cup this Wednesday.

Not only did the east Limerick secondary school have to beat Harty Cup kingpins St Flannans of Ennis, but they also had to win by more than 11-points.

The win saw Doon, St Flannans and Dungarvan all end on level points, but scoring difference saw the Limerick side progress to January’s quarter-finals and send the Clare side out.

It was a performance where Doon were on top from 1-15. From the outset it was clear that they were the more determined side and fought with huge intensity and hunted in packs.

After the opening quarter the game was still even with Doon leading 0-6 to 0-4.

Then they came to life and by half time they were 3-11 to 0-7 clear with Raymond Ryan, Pat Ryan and Kevin Stapleton all scoring the goals.

It was there half back line that provided the platform with Stephen Ryan, Pat Cummins and Mike Dee all dominating.

Behind them Richie English was outstanding.

At the other end of the field, Darragh O’Donovan and Dean Coleman inspired.

Coleman had three points from play in the opening half.

It was a fortuitus goal from Raymond Ryan in the 17th minute that set them on their way.

With five minutes to the interval they were 1-11 to 0-6 ahead.

Then Pat Ryan blasted home their second goal and in the final minute of the half Kevin Stapleton scrambled home their third goal.

Indeed by the break all six forwards had scored from play.

St Flannans looked to fight back in the second half but the Clare side were to be held to just seven scores from play in the entire hours hurling.

Shane O’Connell, Coleman and O’Donovan all scored early points in the second half to maintain the lead.

St Flannan’s needed a goal to fight back but the defence stood firm.

Mindful that they needed to win by at least 11-points, Doon retreated somewhat into defence in an attempt to defend their lead.

But crucially they attacked to find scores from Coleman, O’Donovan and Mike Dee.

SCORERS - Doon CBS: Dean Coleman and Darragh O’Donovan (2frees, 1’65) 0-5 each, Pat Ryan 1-2, Kevin Stapleton 1-1, Raymond Ryan 1-0, Barry Murphy 0-3 (1free), Shane O’Connell 0-2, Mike Dee 0-1.

DOON - Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen); Thomas Hayes (Doon), Richard English (Doon), David Lonergan (Cappamore); Pat Cummins (Doon), Stephen Ryan (Doon), Mike Dee (Murroe-Boher); Fiachra O’Grady (Doon), Darragh O’Donovan (Doon); Dean Coleman (Doon), Pat Ryan (Doon), Shane O’Connell (Doon); Barry Murphy (Doon), Raymond Ryan (Doon), Kevin Stapleton (Cappawhite). Sub: Adam Coleman (Doon) for O’Connell, inj (54mins).

ST FLANNANS - Eoin Meehan; Pat Tuohy, Mark McGuane, Joe Barry; Kieran Malone, Aidan McGuane, Liam Corbett; David Conroy, Cormac Lynch; Tadgh Lynch, Bobby Duggan, Ryan Taylor; Aaron Green, Cian Moloney, Brian Guilfoyle. Subs: Stephen Ward for Green (27mins), Colm Galvin for Cormac Lynch (41mins), Barry Lynch for Guilfoyle (48mins).

REFEREE - John McCormack (Tipperary).