Ardscoil Rís face Charleville challenge in Harty Cup

Six of the eight places in this year’s Dr Harty Cup (Munster PPS U18½AHC) are set to be decided today as the competition enters its knockout stage.

The Harty changed in format this year, with eight two-team and three-team groups replacing the previous system where there four groups of either four or five. As a result, two teams have advanced from each group to the last 16, with group winners having been seeded in the draw.

Holders Ardscoil Rís enjoyed a 15-point win over Bandon’s Hamilton HS in their group game and will be favourites against Charleville CBS, who lost by four points against St Francis College Rochestown in their outing. Brian Ryan is the jewel in the Ardscoil attack, ably assisted by Will Henn and Rory Duff, while Charleville will look to Cormac O’Brien to lead their scoring charge and keeper David Jones will also be key as they look to spring a surprise against the champions.

Our Lady’s Secondary School of Templemore, last year’s beaten finalists, meet Bandon in Ballyagran while Nenagh CBS take on Castletroy College in Newport.

Going on results to date, Blackwater CS, who beat Castletroy College and Clonmel CBS in their group, will be fancied to overcome De La Salle in the Waterford derby at Lemybrien.

There is an all-Cork tie between St Francis College, Rochestown and Christian Brothers College at Church Road in Blackrock while Charleville is the venue for the clash between Scoil na Tríonóide Naofa of Doon and Midleton CBS.

Tomorrow, Thurles CBS face Abbey CBS of Tipperary town in Dundrum with a 2pm throw-in, while the remaining tie takes place next week as St Flannan’s of Ennis meet Fermoy’s St Colman’s College.

The quarter-final draw will be held on Thursday, December 15, with repeat pairings to be avoided.

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