Críost Rí were left stunned after a whirlwind Thurles start yielded two points from Brian Moran and Tomas Hassett, and a superb goal by Phil Kelly in the opening five minutes. The Cork side were 1-4 in arrears before centre forward Craig Neville temporarily stopped the rot with a point after his blistering drive for goal was brilliantly turned over by Thurles goalkeeper Scott Grey at the end of the first quarter.
With their forwards, particularly Moran, Kelly and Andy Sweeney in sparking form, Thurles, playing some exemplary hurling, continued to turn on the style in a most positive and impressive manner and a fine opportunist goal from Moran on the stroke of half time propelled them into an interval lead of 2-8 to 0-1.
There was no way back for an outclassed and outgunned Críost Rí side that found itself 16-points adrift before Neville - this time from a free - scored their second point in the 42nd minute.
Thurles, with a well-tutored defence in total command and John Coughlan and Daniel Kirby dominant at midfield, could afford the luxury of substituting their four top forwards and still manage to hold Criost Rí comfortably at bay for the remainder of a decidedly one-sided game.
Críost Rí did manage to grab a consolation goal when Brian Corry found the net with an angled drive five minutes from the end but the door had been firmly closed on them long before then.
: Thurles CBS: B Moran 1-7 (0-3 from frees); P Kelly 1-3 (0-1 from free); D Kirby, A Sweeney, T Hassett, T Hammersley and K O’Halloran 0-1 each. Coláiste Chríost Rí: B Corry 1-0; C Neville 0-2 (0-1 from free).
: S Grey; D Patterson, E Ryan, B White; T Ryan, K Moran, M Cahill; J Coughlan, D Kirby; A Sweeney, T Hassett, P Kelly; C Clohessy, P Bourke, B Moran. Subs. T Hammersley for Sweeney; K O’Halloran for Moran; M Gleeson for Hassett; I Maher for Bourke.
: E Kennedy; S McCarthy, D O’Donnell, I Lyons; P Butler, K Murphy, P Kennedy; D Coughlan, B Corry; R Walsh, C Neville, I Madden; R Leahy, P O’Sullivan, E Hegarty Sub. C O’Brien for Walsh.
: M Condon (Clashmore).
CASHEL Community School got their Harty Cup campaign off to a flying start when they rocked last year’s beaten finalists Waterford Colleges with an emphatic eight-point victory in their first round clash in Clonmel yesterday.
Having conceded the first score to Waterford’s free-taker Paul Morrissey on five minutes, the Cashel boys went ahead when Brian Maher steered a probing ball from Jason Forrestal into the net on the ninth minute, and full forward Paudie White scored three points from frees.
After JJ Coffey gave Waterford their second score in the 18th minute, the winners surged into a nine-point lead with a fine goal from their outstanding right half back Michael Heelan and points from White (free) and Dara O’Brien.
The Déise boys closed the gap with Morrissey and Richie Foley hitting the target but further pointed frees from sharp shooter White gave Cashel a 2-7 to 0-4 interval lead.
When play resumed, Coláistí na Déise, who had moved corner back Richie Power outfield with telling effect, closed the gap with two pointed frees from full forward John Gorman as they continued to lift their game and dominate the third quarter. Kevin Power and Brian Scanlon landed points leaving it 2-7 to 0-8 after 46 minutes.
Two pointed frees from top scorer Paudie White steadied Cashel and they went on to finish in style with influential centre forward Ryan O’Dwyer doing all the spade work before following up to score his side’s third goal. This put the game beyond the reach of the Waterford boys who were now trailing 3-9 to 0-9 but they had the consolation of having the last word when Richie Foley pointed late in the game.
Cashel CBS had impressive performances from their captain John O’Dwyer at full back, Michael Heelan, James Heffernan, Padraig Hayes, James Hayes, Ryan O’Dwyer and Paudie White.
Best for the Waterford side were Michael Coleman, John Morrissey, Richie Foley, Brian Scanlon, Brian Phelan and John Gorman.
: Cashel CS: P White (0-8 frees), B Maher, M Heelan, R O’Dwyer (1-0 each), D O’Brien (0-1). Waterford Colleges: R Foley (0-3, 0-1 free), P Murray, J Gorman (0-2 each frees), JJ Coffey, K Power, B Scanlon (0-1 each).
: J Dudley, J O’Keeffe, J O’Dwyer, J Keane, M Heelan, J Heffernan, P Hayes, J Hayes, D McCarthy, T Comerford, R O’Dwyer, B Maher, D O’Brien, P White, J Forrestal. Subs: E Barrett for B Maher, P Ryan for D McCarthy.
: T Fahey, C Monahan, M Coleman, R Foley, C O’Keeffe, J Morrissey, S O’Hehir, B Scanlon, B Phelan, P Kearney, P Murray, K Power, JJ Coffey, J Gorman, P O’Murchu, Subs: P Horkan for S O’Hehir, C McGrath for P O’Murchu.
: N Cosgrave (Clonmel).