The Limerick city school’s captain, county minor star Ronan Lynch, scored 1-9 as Ardscoil finished 1-20 to 0-9 winners, though Thurles CBS are the early leaders in the group following a 35-point win over the competition’s record winners, St Flannan’s College.
Aside from Rochestown’s win, it was a good day all around for Cork schools. In Group 2, both St Colman’s College, Fermoy and Gaelcholáiste Mhuire AG were victorious, beating Scoil na Tríonóide Naofa of Doon and Waterford’s De La Salle respectively.
Stephen Condon’s points were important for Colman’s, who enjoyed an 0-18 to 0-14 win in Cashel after the sides were level at 0-9 each at half-time.
In Ardmore, Gaelcholáiste Mhuire also had four points to spare, winning by 1-14 to 1-10, but a late De La Salle goal redressed the balance on the scoreboard slightly. At half-time, Evan Ó Síocháin’s goal had helped the Cork city school to a 1-7 to 0-7 lead, and they benefited from having a number of attacking threats, including Dayne Ó Laoi, Dan Ó Conaing and Daithí Braham.
In Group 3’s other game, Pobalscoil na Tríonóide of Youghal joined Rochestown as the early leaders following a two-point win, 2-15 to 2-13, overt Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore. Declan Dalton put on a virtuoso performance for Youghal, scoring 1-14, including a goal from a penalty, nine frees, one 65 and a sideline puck.
Centre-back Kevin Murphy was another standout player for the East Cork school while Conor Hennessy scored the other goal. Lyndon Fairbrother finished with 1-2 for Templemore, who trailed 0-11 to 0-7 at half-time, while Jamie Bergin scored 1-1.
Bandon’s Hamilton High School, defeated semi-finalists last year, got their campaign off a to a winning start as goals from Eoin O’Reilly, Cathal Maguire, Colm Dinneen and Jonathan Mulcahy gave them a 4-10 to 2-13 win over Nenagh CBS at Buttevant.
Elsewhere in that group, goals in quick succession from Glen Waters and Mikey Phelan helped Dungarvan CBS to a 2-11 to 0-7 win over CBS High School Clonmel. Darragh Lyons’ points were valuable for Dungarvan.