Classy Ardscoil Rís get title defence off to a flyer

CHAMPIONS Ardscoil Rís opened the defence of their Dr Harty Cup title in fine style with a comfortable 3-22 to 0-8 win over Waterford Colleges in Tipperary Town.

The Limerick school were in control from the opening minutes when racing into a 1-7 to 0-1 lead. A JohnFitzgibbon goal and four points from Mark Carmody helped them to a 1-11 to 0-4 half-time lead.

Fitzgibbon and Carmody added further goals in the second half. Ardscoil Ris had Shane Dowling finish with 10-points while free-taker Cathal Curran led the reply from theWaterford side with four points.

It was a good day for the Tipperary schools in the Harty Cup with all three winning their opening games in this year’s championship which suggests they will have a big say in the destination of the title next March.

A tremendous second-half burst which yielded 1-5 in a row, helped Nenagh CBS to a 2-17 to 2-13 victory over Midleton CBS at Cashel. Hero for the winners was Mark Tuite who scored two goals both direct from long range frees. The East Cork side will have nightmares about losing this game. They had the advantage of the strong wind in the first half but hit a litany of wides and at half time could only manage a one-point lead, and it was never going to be enough.

Nenagh could well have found themselves 10 points down at the interval such was the dominance of Midleton, but the North Tipp school, superbly led by Paudie Fogarty and Jason Forde, used the elements well and Tuite’s second goal midway through the half proved decisive.

St Flannan’s did have matters all their own way in their game against Blackwater College in Bansha. Aided by the wind the Ennis college led 1-9 to 0-8 at half time, and it didn’t look to be good enough as the Waterford side battled back to draw level midway through the second half.

A goal from a penalty by Stephen O’Halloran edged Flannan’s in front again, but Blackwater College hit back for a like score by Paddy Prendergast and the it was nip and tuck for the remainder of the game as the Ennis college kept their noses in front to run out winners by four points, 4-11 to 1-16.

A outstanding display by midfielder Liam Treacy helped Our Lady’s to a 1-19 to 1-16 win over Charleville CBS in a thriller played at Lattan.

There was never more than two points between two evenly-matched teams and at the break, the North Tipp school led 0-12 to 0-10, and it was all to play for as Charleville turned to play with the wind.

In a thrilling second half a goal by Dylan McCarthy after Pat O’Callaghan had his effort blocked by the Our Lady’s goalkeeper, gave the North Cork school a one-point lead, and victory was in sight.

However, in a welter of excitement and with the game drifting into injury time, Our Lady’s struck for the winning goal, scored by Martin Kelly, to take the spoils.

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