ARDSCOIL Ris surrendered their Dr Harty Cup Munster Colleges senior A hurling title when suffering a 4-11 to 1-17 defeat to St Francis College, Rochestown, in their semi-final shoot-out at Charleville this Saturday.
The concession of four goals, three in a critical 15-minute spell in the second half, proved Ardscoil’s undoing in a competitive, entertaining tie.
Ardscoil appeared in real trouble when trailing by 0-6 to 0-1 after 11 minutes in the opening half, despite playing with the aid of a stiff and bitingly cold breeze.
However, the Limerick out-scored their Cork opponents 0-6 to 0-1 to draw level by the 27th minute. Ronan Lynch, three frees, Peter Casey, free, Michael Mackey and Paraic O’Loughlin accounted for the scores.
The 2014 champions mettle was tested still further before half-time when St Francis’ Sean Powter goaled in the 28th minute, but a composed Ardscoil side drew level before the break, running off three points in quick succession from Peter Casey, two from play, and Nathan Fox.
The sides remained level 10 minutes into the second half, 1-9 to 0-12, with St Francis hitting some poor wides. The turning point in the game arrived in the 41st minute when Rochestown’s Shane Kingston struck for an opportunist goal. Five minutes later the Cork side hat a third goal from Powter and the gap was suddenly five points.
Two excellent pointed frees from Lynch kept Ardscoil in touch and substitute Eoghan Mulcahy was unfortunate to see his goal effort deflected out for a ‘65 in the 52nd minute.
St Francis sealed their win when Ciaran Cormack grabbed their fourth goal six minutes from time. Ardscoil Ris finally scored a goal of their own in stoppage time when sharp-shooter Lynch blasted a penalty to the net after substitute Rory Duff was fouled.
However, unfortunately for Ardscoil, the final whistle sounded as son as the puck-out was taken.
SCORERS: St Francis College, Rochestown: Ciaran Cormack (1-3, 0-3 frees), Sean Powter (2-0), Shane Kingston (1-2), Diarmuid O’Mahony, John O’Sullivan (0-2) each, Liam O’Sullivan, Daniel Meaney (0-1) each.
Ardscoil Ris: Ronan Lynch (1-9, 1-0 pen, 0-7 frees), Peter Casey (0-5, 0-2 frees), Nathan Fox, Michael Mackey, Paraic O’Loughlin (0-1) each.
ST FRANCIS COLLEGE: Andrew Cullinane; Donnchadh Murphy, John Cashman, Nathan Walsh; Cathal Sheehan, David Griffin (Capt), Darragh Kelliher; Eoghan O’Brien, John O’Sullivan; Daniel Meaney, Diarmaid O’Mahony, Shane Kingston; Sean Powter, Ciaran Cormack, Liam O’Sullivan. Subs: Matthew McAuliffe for O’Sullivan (52 mins), Kevin O’Donovan for Sheehan (55 mins).
ARDSCOIL RIS: Sean Mullane (Mungret), Sean Hogan (Adare), Nathan Fox (Parteen), Jerome Boylan (Na Piarsaigh); Conor Holihan (Na Piarsaigh), Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh), Sean Phelan (Broadford), John Flynn (Patrickswell), Eoin Ryan (Adare), Michael Mackey (Adare), Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell), Paraic O’Loughlin (Clonlara); Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh), Ronan Lynch (Capt) (Na Piarsaigh), Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh). Subs: Kevin Howard (Old Christians) for Conor Boylan (half-time), Eoghan Mulcahy (Mungret) for Ryan (42 mins).
REFEREE: Damien Fox (Clare)