Limerick kingpins Ardscoil Ris battle to force Harty Cup replay

Jerome O'Connell


Jerome O'Connell


Limerick kingpins Ardscoil Ris battle to force Harty Cup replay

CHAMPIONS Ardscoil Ris live to fight another day in the Harty Cup after battling back to ensure a quarter final replay with Midleton CBS – it finished 1-15 to 2-12 after extra time.

The Limerick city secondary had to show great battling qualities this Wednesday afternoon in Bansha to force extra time in this Munster Post Primary Schools Senior A Hurling Championship quarter final.

The Harty champions looked beaten in both normal time and extra time but found the late scores to level matters.

Ardscoil Ris and Midleton will now meet in the replay most likely next week to determine who meet St Colmans College Fermoy in the semi final no Saturday January 28. 

On a bitterly cold January afternoon neither side found top gear and will welcome a second chance to join Fermoy, Nenagh CBS and Our Ladys College Templemore in the semi finals.

Ardscoil Ris had the benefit of the breeze in the opening half and had early pointed frees from Brian Ryan and a fine Jack McInerney point to move 0-3 to no score ahead on seven minutes.

But they never added the necessary scores with the elements and Joe Stack had a Midleton goal on 18-minutes to level the game.

Two Brian Ryan frees either side of a Rian Considine point ensured a 0-7 to 1-1 half time lead for the Limerick school.

On the restart Midleton looked to move into position to dethrone the champions as they edged 1-5 to 0-7 ahead after eight minutes of play.

But back came Ardscoil and a Brian Ryan point from play settled nerves.

Frees from Ryan and Paul O’Brien kept Ardscoil Ris in contention and with five minutes to play the game was level for the fifth time, 0-10 to 1-7.

Gosnell looked to have won it for the Cork side but Will Henn equalised.

Then in injury time a sixth pointed free from Gosnell certainly looked a winner until Diarmuid Ryan surged forward from defence to level for the seventh and final time in ordinary time.

Ardscoil Ris were again backed by the breeze on restart of extra time and looked to have got the ideal start when James Daly had their only goal after just three minutes of play. 

But straight up the field went Midleton and Gosnell hit back with Midleton’s second goal.

The exchange of green flags left it 1-12 to 2-9.

There were just another two scores in the first 10-minute periods of extra time – frees from O’Brien and Gosnell to leave it 1-13 to 2-10 at half time in extra time.

Ger Millerick had the first score of the second period for Midleton.

It was a lead they held for three minutes until a superb line ball from Darragh Carroll tied up proceedings again.

Gosnell had his first point from play on seven minutes but there was time for Ardscoil Ris and it was a Ryan free in the final minute of extra time they levelled the game for the eleventh and final time to ensure a replay.

SCORERS: Ardscoil Ris: Brian Ryan 0-7 (5frees), James Daly 1-0, Jack McInerney and Paul O’Brien (2frees) 0-2 each, Rian Considine, Will Henn, Diarmuid Ryan and Darragh Carroll (lineball) 0-1 each. Midleton: Liam Gosnell 1-8 (0-7frees), Joe Stack 1-0, Ger Millerick 0-2, Brendan Twomey and Charlie Terry 0-1 each.

ARDSCOIL RIS: Bryan Curtin (Adare); Padraic Heaney (Na Piarsaigh), Ronan Connolly (Adare), Josh Considine (Patrickswell); Jerome Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), Darragh Carroll (Newport), Diarmuid Ryan (Cratloe); Joe Gleeson (Na Piarsaigh), Brian Ryan (South Liberties); Paul O’Brien (Mungret St Pauls), Rory Duff (Mungret St Pauls), Reuban McCarthy (Na Piarsaigh), Rian Considine (Cratloe), David Woulfe (Kilmallock), Jack McInerney (Cratloe). Subs: Jack Delahunty (Newport), Padraic Heaney (37mins), Will Henn (Na Piarsaigh) for Reuban McCarthy (48mins), James Daly (Na Piarsaigh) for Rian Considine (52mins), Cillian O’Reilly (Patrickswell) for Jack McInerney (58mins), Emmett McEvoy (na Piarsaigh) for Jerome Boylan (6mins, e-t), Jack McInerney (Cratloe) for Paul O’Brien, inj (13mins, e-t), Jerome Boylan (Na Piarsaigh) for Diarmuid Ryan (17mins, e-t).

MIDLETON CBS: Ross Walsh; Adam Daly, Sean O’Leary Hayes, Eoghan O’Sullivan; Ryan McConville, Jack McDonnell, Aaron Walsh Barry; Sean O’Meara, Christy Coughlan; Brendan Twomey, Ger Millerick, Charlie Terry; Liam O’Shea, Joe Stack, Liam Gosnell. Subs: Luke Duggan Murray for Christy Coughlan (46mins), Padraig O’Brien for Charlie Terry (54mins), Charlie Terry for Brendan Twomey (e-t), Jamie Landers for Eoghan O’Sullivan (e-t), Christy Coughlan for Jack McDonnell, inj (7mins, e-t).

REFEREE: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary).