Limerick’s Scoil na Trionoide of Doon reached the Harty Cup semi-final for the first time in over a decade following a 2-13 to 1-13 win over Charleville CBS in the Gaelic Grounds on Wednesday afternoon.
Limerick minor goalkeeper Colin Ryan - playing wing-forward here - finished with 1-6 to his name with his second-half goal from a close-in free proving crucial.
In a hugely enjoyable game, Doon got off to a great start when centre forward Fiachra O’Grady goaled after three minutes, a scrappy effort after a Ryan free had droppped short in the square.
And that goal was the difference between the sides for most of the half. Charleville’s Daniel Relihan took over the free-taking duties from Tim O’Mahony and he landed three frees to keep them in touch but two points each from Joe Lonergan and Ryan and one fine effort from midfielder Mike Dee had the Limerick side 1-5 to 0-5 in front at the break. The main talking point of the first half however was the sending off of Charleville corner-back Darren Butler on 17 minutes following a clash with Barry Murphy.
Charleville changed things around at the break and sub David Geary almost got in for a goal two minutes after the restart. Shane Stapleton was alert in the Doon goal though and he rushed off his line to thwart Geary.
The sides traded scores throughout the second half before Ryan’s goal pushed Doon five clear with 12 minutes remaining. With an extra man, Doon looked as if they could push on but Charleville refused to give in.
From the very next attack, Jack Butler crashed home an equally impressive free to again leave just two between the sides. Wing back JP Moloney came forward to reduce the deficit to one but two further points from Ryan and two from corner-forward Lonergan had Doon 2-13 to 1-11 up as the game ticked towards injury time.
Yet Charleville weren’t finished yet and two more Relihan frees - to bring his tally to eight- had just a goal between the sides. And the Cork side were to have one last roll of the dice but Relihan lost possession when through on goal, the Doon defence cleared the danger and referee Shane Hourigan blew for full time.
Doon now play Rochestown of Cork in the semi-final after they shocked Thurles 1-13 to 0-11 in Wednesday’s other quarter-final. Ardscoil Ris play Our Lady’s Templemore in their quarter-final on Friday at 1.30pm in Nenagh while the game between Dungarvan and Hamilton CBS scheduled for Wednesday was postponed.
SCORERS - Doon: Colin Ryan 1-6 (1-5 frees), Joe Lonergan 0-4, Fiachra O’Grady 1-0, Mike Dee, Barry Murphy and Dean Coleman 0-1 each. Charleville CBS: Daniel Relihan 0-8 (all frees), Jack Buckley 1-0, Jack Barry and Tim O’Mahony (one free) 0-2 each, JP Moloney 0-1 each
SCOIL NA TRIONOIDE, DOON: Shane Stapleton (Sean Treacys); Brian McPartland (Doon), Jack Cummins (Doon), Darren Roche (Pallasgreen); Brian McCarthy (Pallasgreen), Stephen Ryan (Doon), Shane O’Connell (Doon); Mike Dee (Murroe-Boher), Patrick Cummins (Doon); Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), Fiachra O’Grady (Doon), Dean Coleman (Doon); Joe Lonergan (Cappamore), David Buckley (Cappawhite), Barry Murphy (Doon). Subs: Thomas Hayes(Doon) for O’Grady (45 mins)
CHARLEVILLE CBS: Cian Collins (Charleville); Paddy O’Loughlin (Kilmallock), Darragh Cotter (Castletown-Ballyagran), Darren Butler (Charleville); Brian O’Connell (Charleville), Darragh Browne (Newtownshandrum), JP Moloney (Newtownshandrum); Darren Casey (Charleville), Jack Barry (Charleville); Daniel Relihan (Ballyhea), Tim O’Mahony (Newtownshandrum), Jack Buckley (Charleville); Cillian O’Gorman (Milford), Kyle McCarthy (Kilmallock), Darragh Fitzgibbon (Charleville). Subs: David Geary for Fitzgibbon (half time), David Jones for Geary (52 mins), Eric Moloney for O’Mahony (62 mins)
Referee: Shane Hourigan