CHAMPIONS Ardscoil Ris are into the quarter-finals of the Harty Cup following their 3-14 to 2-11 win over St Flannans of Ennis in their final group game this Monday in Sixmilebridge.
The six-point victory means that Ardscoil Ris qualify for the knockout stages as group runners-up to Thurles CBS and therefore West Limerick Colleges are eliminated.
The progression of Ardscoil Ris means that Limerick will have two teams in December 17 draw for the January 14 quarter finals in the Munster Post Primary Schools senior A hurling championship.
Castletroy booked their place last week and there is a one in three chance that the two Limerick city sides could meet in the last eight.
This Ardscoil Ris win came despite resting all bar one of their Na Piarsaigh players, who were involved in the Limerick minor hurling final against Ahane just 24-hours previous.
The much changed Ardscoil Ris set the tone in the early minutes and led 1-2 to no score after seven minutes with Kevin Howard getting their first goal in the third minute.
In the 17th minute David Fitzgerald had their second goal and increased the lead to 2-3 to 0-2.
But then came a brief St Flannans fightback with Aidan Kennedy goaling in the 21st minute and shortly later he lead was cut to 2-3 to 1-4.
Two fine long range points from captain Thomas Grimes eased the pressure and at half time Ardscoil Ris led 2-7 to 1-6.
On the change of ends Mikey Mackey, Aaron Gillane and Fitzgerald were on target inside the opening 10-minutes to stretch their advantage to 2-12 to 1-7.
Paraic O’Loughlin then had their third goal to leave 11-points between the teams with 18-minutes to play and it allowed Ardscoil Ris used all five subs.
Aidan Kennedy did have a second goal for Flannans in the 47th minute but two Kevin Howard points ensured no late dramatic fightback for the Ennis side.
SCORERS: Ardscoil Ris: Kevin Howard 1-3, David Fitzgerald and Paraic O’Loughlin (0-2frees) 1-2 each, Aaron Gillane 0-3 (1 ‘65), Mikey Mackey and Thomas Grimes 0-2 each. St Flannans: Aidan Kennedy 2-3, Sean Kennedy 0-3 (3frees), Brian Cahill 0-2 (2frees), Jack Murphy, Conor Lynch, Mark Corry (free) 0-1 each.
ARDSCOIL RIS: Sean Mullane (Mungret); Sean Hogan (Adare), Sean Phelan (Broadford), Gerard Kearns (Claughaun); John Flynn (Patrickswell), Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh), Nathan Fox (Parteen); Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell), Eoin Ryan (Adare); Eoghan Mulcahy (Mungret), Mikey Mackey (Adare), Paraic O’Loughlin (Clonlara); David Fitzgerald (Clonlara), Kevin Howard (Old Christians), Mark Connolly (Adare). Subs: Michael Fitzgibbon (Mungret) for Paraic O’Loughlin (45mins), Rory Duff (Mungret) for Eoin Ryan (45mins), Paul Moloney (Broadford) for Eoghan Mulcahy (45mins), Jeff Ryan (Parteen) for Sean Hogan (48mins), Sean Moran (Mungret) for Thomas Grimes (51mins).
ST FLANNANS: Jake Kearney; Ross Hayes, Darragh Crimmins, Peter Collins; Hayden Starr, Eoin Hanrahan, David McNamara; Brian Cahill, Conor Lynch; Jack Murphy, Adam Cassidy, Cillein Mullins; Mark Corry, Aidan Kennedy, Sean Kennedy. Subs: Cillein Greegan for Cillein Mullins (40mins), Malachy Lynch for Sean Kennedy (42mins), Joe Carmody for Mark Corry (56mins), Darragh Holland for Adam Cassidy (60mins).
REFEREE: Richard Moloney (Limerick).