CHAMPIONS Ardscoil Ris continued on the defence of their Harty Cup title this Monday when booking an eighth successive semi-final spot thanks to a 1-16 to 1-11 win over Bandon’s Hamilton High School.
This five point quarter-final victory in Charleville books a January 31 semi-final with Cork’s Rochestown.
The all-important score came in the game’s 44th minute when Ardscoil Ris captain rattled the Bandon net.
That put Limerick’s North Circular Road secondary school into a 1-10 to 0-10 lead entering the final quarter of this Munster senior A Post Primary Schools encounter.
The three-time champions restricted their Cork opponents to just 1-1 in the final 25-minutes, which was the period that decided the tight encounter. Bandon’s Hamilton High School had the wind in the opening 30-minutes but trailed 0-8 to 0-7 at half time.
Ardscoil Ris had Mikey Mackey in fine form in that opening half with three points from play.
At the other end of the field Eoin O’Reilly troubled Ardscoil Ris with three points of his own, but not conceded a first half goal was important for the Limerick side. Indeed Niall Moran’s side went closest to a first half goal with Mackey and Conor Boylan both denied in the 22nd minute.
The early minutes of the second half were again tit-for-tat with Peter Casey and Aaron Gillane among the Ardscoil Ris scorers.
Then Ardscoil moved Ronan Lynch from centre back to midfield and profited within minutes when he raced onto a handpass from Casey to fire to the net. Casey, Gillane and Mackey all added quick points to the goal and all of a sudden Ardscoil were 1-13 to 0-10 clear with 10-minutes to play.
Bandon did hit back in the 52nd minute with a fine Sean O’Donovan goal but Ardscoil’s lead was sufficient to hold out.
Castletroy College will bid to join Ardscoil in the semi-final on Wednesday when they play Youghal in Cahir in their quarter-final.
Scorers: Ardscoil Ris: Mikey Mackey 0-5, Ronan Lynch 1-2 (0-2frees), Aaron Gillane 0-4, Peter Casey 0-3, Conor Houlihan (free) and Conor Boylan 0-1 each. Bandon: Eoin O’Reilly 0-6 (3frees), Chris O’Leary 0-3 (2frees), Sean O’Donovan 1-0, Darragh Curran and Colm Dinneen 0-1 each.
ARDSCOIL RIS: Sean Mullane (Mungret); Sean Hogan (Adare), Sean Phelan (Broadford), Michael Andrews (Na Piarsaigh); Conor Houlihan (Na Piarsaigh), Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), Nathan Fox (Parteen); John Flynn (Patrickswell), Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh); Kevin Howard (Old Christians), Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell), Mikey Mackey (Adare); Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh), Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), Eoin Ryan (Adare). Subs: Eoghan Mulcahy (Mungret) for Howard (49mins), Mark Connolly (Adare) for Boylan (52mins), Jerome Boylan (Na Piarsaigh) for Andrews (56mins).
BANDON: Cathal Dart; Luke Murray, William Hurley, Eoin O’Brien; James Kelleher, Chris O’Leary, Joe O’Mahony; Luke Meade, Jonathan Mulcahy; Tadgh O’Sullivan, Sean O’Donovan, Darragh Curran; Colm Dinneen, Eoin O’Reilly, Billy Crowley. Subs: Ian Crowley for Joe O’Mahony (h-t), Cathal Maguire for O’Sullivan (46mins), Andrew O’Callaghan for Eoin O’Brien (56mins), Tadgh O’Sullivan for Meade, inj (58mins).
REFEREE: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary).