ARDSCOIL Ris confirmed their position as kingpins of Limerick colleges hurling with an emphatic 2-14 to 0-8 victory this Wednesday in round one of the Dr Harty Cup.
Castletroy College backboned by the majority of the team that lost to Ardscoil in last year’s quarter-final in the Munster senior A colleges hurling champinoship were expected to put up a stiff challenge to the former champions this season but the North Circular Road secondary school were dominant throughout.
Despite having just a handful of survivors from last season, Ardscoil Ris looked the more experienced outfit. Their use of possession was excellent and the movement and support play of their forwards had the Castletroy rearguard in all sorts of trouble. And, thats despite Castletroy having Tipperary All-Ireland winning minor full back Michael Breen at centre back.
Castletroy played with the wind in the opening half but it was Ardscoil Ris that led 2-8 to 0-6 at half time.
They raced into a 0-3 to 0-1 lead inside the first seven minutes with David Dempsey and Cian Lynch on target with fine points.
Already it was evident that Castletroy were reliant on the frees of Stephen Power.
Then in the 20th minute came the first Ardscoil goal when Cian Lynch finished to the net.
Just before that Ronan Lynch had seen his penalty fly over the bar after Dempsey was fouled.
The lead was now 1-6 to 0-4.
Power and Breen replied with fine points for Castletroy.
Then three minuetes from half time came the second goal. Micheal O’Loughlin finishing brilliantly to the net after a fine move involving Dempsey and Eoghan Keogh.
With eight points between them at the break it was already an uphill struggle for Castletroy.
In the second half, Ardscoil pushed home their advantage in the opening minutes with Colin Crehan, Cian Lynch and Dempsey adding points for a 2-13 to 0-6 lead entering the final quarter.
It took Casteltroy 17-minutes to reopen their second half account and could only find two frees in the half.
SCORERS - Ardscoil Ris: Cian Lynch, Micheal O’Loughlin 1-1, Cian O’Brien 0-4 (4frees), Ronan Lynch 0-3 (1free), David Dempsey, Colin Crehan 0-2 each, Eoghan Keogh 0-1. Castletroy College: Stephen Power 0-4 (3frees), Tom Morrissey 0-2 (1free), Michael Breen 0-2 (1free).
ARDSCOIL RIS - Conor Houlihan (Na Piarsaigh); Gordan Brown (Na Piarsaigh), Mark Buckley (Na Piarsaigh), Barry Fizpatrick (Sixmilebridge); Michael Casey (Na Piarsaigh), Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), Kevin McGlennon (Parteen); Michael Foley (Na Piarsaigh), William O’Donoghue (Na Piarsaigh); David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), Eoghan Keogh (Na Piarsaigh), Cian O’Brien (Mungret); Colin Crehan (O’Callaghans Mills), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), Micheal O’Loughlin (Clonlara). Subs: Josh O’Halloran (Na Piarsaigh) for Dempsey (45mins), Cian McCarthy (Parteen) for Crehan (56mins), Ian Galvin (Clonlara) for Foley (56mins), Eoin Costelloe (Adare) for McGlennon (60mins).
CASTLETROY COLLEGE - Cian O’Dwyer (Monaleen); Jamie Porter (Monaleen), Aidan Hanley (Ballina), Paddy Morrissey (Ahane); Cian O’Brien (Monaleen), Michael Breen (Ballina), Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen); Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen), Simon Griffin (Monaleen); Tom Morrissey (Ahane), Stephen Power (Ahane), Dara Kennedy (Murroe-Boher); John Fox (Ahane), Pat O’Kane (Monaleen), Edward Doyle (Monaleen). Subs: John Stack (Ballybricken-Bohermore) for La Touche Cosgrave (12mins), Ronan Murphy (Monaleen) for O’Kane (h-t), Ronan Butler(South Liberties) for Griffin (40mins), Conor Lenihan(Mungret) for Fox (56mins).
REFEREE - Shane Hourigan (St Marys Sean Finns).
Elsewhere in the Harty Cup this Wednesday, West Limerick Colleges went close to a big victory until they were denied by a last minute goal.
In the end they drew 1-18 each with Our Lady’s Templemore in Claughaun.
The Limerick side, who beat Abbey CBS in round one, were 0-12 to 0-8 ahead at half time.
With 10-minutes to play, they were still 1-17 to 0-16 ahead until the late score to snatch victory. In Fermoy Charleville CBS were defeated 3-20 to 0-9 by Blackwater College.
In Cork, Doon CBS were 2-19 to 3-9 winners over Colaiste Mhuire. Doon had lost to Dungarvan Colleges in round one.