Castletroy get off to a winning start

CASTLETROY College participated in the Dr Harty Cup for the first time yesterday afternoon and were left celebrating after an injury-time point by Ed Doyle secured a 1-14 to 2-10 victory over Kerry Colleges in their Group D clash in Feenagh.

And the result ensured Castletroy College qualified for the quarter-finals of this year’s competition as they claimed the second spot on offer in the three-team group after Nenagh CBS had defeated Kerry Colleges in the opening round.

“It’s a historic day for the school and we’re just delighted with this win,” said Castletroy College manager Liam O’Mahony. “It’s a mark of all the great work that has been done by the teachers in the school in promoting hurling in recent years and in the local clubs.”

Castletroy, who had full-forward Killian Enright in fantastic form as he struck 1-7, were ahead 0-10 to 0-5 at the interval, with Aidan Hanley in strong form in defence. They continued to dominate in the second half with Enright firing to the net, and both Gearóid Hegarty and Andrew Latouche Cosgrave raising white flags to send them into a 1-13 to 0-8 lead.

But Kerry Colleges, inspired by Dougie Fitzelle, Daniel Collins, Ricky Heffernan and Cian Hussey, fought back to level before Doyle struck the winner.

In Group A, De La Salle (Waterford) grabbed their first victory of the campaign with a 0-19 to 0-11 success over Charleville CBS in Fermoy.

Darragh Flynn hit 0-9 for the winners, with Shane McNulty and Barry O’Sullivan notching 0-3 apiece, and they now face Coláiste Chríost Rí in a final group game that will decide who advances to the quarter-finals.

Last year’s finalists Charleville CBS, who had Pa O’Callaghan in brilliant form as he registered 0-9, are now out of contention.

In Group B, Midleton CBS booked their spot in the quarter-finals with a 2-15 to 1-11 success over Our Lady’s (Templemore) in Cahir. The east Cork school lead 2-7 to 0-7 at the break with Dillon Cahill and Patrick White firing their goals. Our Lady’s fought back in the second half with John and Brian McGrath, who struck 0-9 and 1-1 respectively, leading the way but Midleton CBS, inspired by Cahill who hit 1-9 in total, held on to triumph.

The meeting of Coláiste na Déise and Our Lady’s will decide the last quarter-final spot after the Waterford side defeated St Caimin’s (Shannon) 2-25 to 0-6 in Golden yesterday. Coláiste na Déise, were inspired by Cathal Curran and Tadhg Burke, with Alex Morey and Shane Gleeson best for a youthful St Caimin’s outfit.

Finally in Group C, Thurles CBS got their campaign back on track after an early defeat to St Flannan’s (Ennis) when they got the better of Blackwater CS by 0-14 to 0-11 in Clonmel.

Blackwater CS, who fielded Waterford minors Jamie Barron and Stephen Bennett, raced into an early 0-5 to 0-1 lead yet Thurles CBS fought back to trail 0-8 to 0-7 at the interval. The second half was tightly contested but Thurles CBS, inspired by scores from Stephen Cahill and Ciaran Quirke, hit the last three points of the game to seal their win.

They face St Colman’s in the final round of the group matches which will decide who advances to the last eight.

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