BOTH Limerick colleges suffered defeat this Saturday afternoon in the semi-finals of the Croke Cup
The All-Ireland senior A colleges hurling championship double-header took place in Templemore and saw both Ardscoil Ris and Doon’s Scoil na Trionoide Naofa beaten by Kilkenny opposition.
Ardscoil Ris 1-12 St Kierans College 4-10
The Harty Cup champions fell to a barrage of second half goals.
It was Ardscoil Ris that led 0-4 to 0-3 at the end of the first half.
But all changed in a 90-second spell early in the second half when Conor O’Carroll and impressive sub Robbie Donnelly goaled to put the Kilkenny side 2-6 to 0-7 clear.
Then 12-minutes from time, Tadhg O’Dwyer added their third goal for a 3-8 to 0-8 lead.
The Limerick city side had Conor Fitzgerald and Charlie McCarthy points but couldn’t find the required goal.
They had it back to 3-8 to 0-12 with five minutes to go.
Then Ronan Lynch goaled and it was 1-12 to 3-9 coming to the final whistle.
But up the field went the Kilkenny city side and forced the Ardscoil defence to fumble the ball over their own line to seal their fate.
SCORERS: Ardscoil Ris: Ronan Lynch 1-6 (0-5frees), Conor Fitzgerald 0-3, Charlie McCarthy 0-2, Ian Galvin 0-1. St Kierans: Robbie Donnelly 1-3 (0-1free), Tadhg O’Dwyer 1-2, Conor O’ Carroll 1-0, Eoin Walsh, Kevin Blanchfield, Liam Blanchfield 0-1 each.,
ARDSCOIL RIS: Paraic O’Loughlin (Clonlara); Eoghan Costello (Adare), Barry Fitzpatrick (Sixmilebridge), Josh O’Halloran (Na Piarsaigh); Gordan Brown (Na Piarsaigh), Michael Casey (Na Piarsaigh), Jack English (Adare); Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), Cian O’Brien (Mungret); Alex Morey (Sixmilebridge), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), Ian Galvin (Clonlara); Colin Crehan (O’Callaghan Mills), Conor Fitzgerald (Claughaun), Micheal O’Loughlin (Clonlara). Subs: Charlie McCarthy (Adare) for Cian O’Brtien (h-t), Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh) for Jack English (47mins), Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigg) for Micheal O’Loughlin (50mins), Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell) for Ian Galvin (55mins).
ST KIERANS: Jason Barcoe; Micheal Cody, Tommy Walsh, Jack Keoghan; Jason Cleere, Darren Mullen, Eoin Walsh; James Maher, Kevin Blanchfield; Jason Byrne, Liam Blanchfield, Brian Cody; Conor Murphy, Conor O’Carroll, Tadhg O’Dwyer. Subs: Robbie Donnelly for Conor Murphy (36mins), Billy Ryan for Tadhg O’Dwyer (57mins).
REFEREE: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary).
Doon 0-10 Kilkenny CBS 2-9
Two goals in the first 10-minutes set Leinster champions Kilkenny CBS on their way to this victory.
Both were scored by Andrew Gaffney and had Kilkenny 2-1 to 0-2 up after 10-minutes.
By half time it was 2-3 to 0-4 with Doon to have the wind in the second half.
But the east Limerick secondary school were overly reliant on free-taker Colin Ryan. He was to finish with 8-points from frees.
Indeed Ryan and Dean Coleman were the only two to score for Doon.
They needed a second half goal but it never came.
SCORERS: Doon: Colin Ryan 0-9 (8frees), Dean Coleman 0-1. Kilkenny CBS: Andrew Gaffney 2-2 (0-2frees), Robbie Buckley, JP Treacy (1free) 0-2 each, Huw Lawlor, Luke Scanlon, Matthew McWey 0-1 each.
DOON: Shane Stapleton (Sean Treacys); Brian McPartland (Doon), Thomas Hayes (Doon), Darren Roche (Pallasgreen); Shane O’Connell (Doon), Stephen Ryan (Doon), Brian McCarthy (Pallasgreen); Patrick Cummins (Doon), Mike Dee (Murroe-Boher); David Buckley (Cappawhite), Barry Murphy (Doon), Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen); Mark Coleman (Doon), Dean Coleman (Doon), Joe Lonergan (Cappamore). Subs: Adam Coleman (Cappamore) for Mark Coleman (47mins), Matt Feehan (Sean Treacys) for Stephen Ryan, inj (63mins).
KILKENNY CBS: Darragh Holohan; Kevin Galvin, Cathal McGrath, Conor Doheny; Gary Byran, Evan Cody, Paddy Deegan; JP Treacy, Niall Mullins; Huw Lawlor, Luke Scanlon, Andrew Gaffney; Robbie Buckley, James Byrne, Robbie Murphy. Subs: James Lenehan for Robbie Murphy (21mins), Danny Bolger for Evan Cody (47mins), Matthew Mcwey for Huw Lawlor (54mins).
REFEREE: Christopher Browne (Galway).