Having been tied at 0-11 to 1-8 at half-time — Jamie O’Leary with the St Colman’s goal — the second-half began in a similar fashion, with Colman’s leading by 1-13 to 0-15 after 40 minutes.
Conor Stakelum’s goal put Thurles ahead and five points on the trot gave them breathing space, with midfielder Dillon Quirke impressive from placed balls. Kyle Cronin did give Colman’s hope with a second goal late on but they couldn’t get any closer.
There was also a win for Nenagh CBS, in Group C as they recorded a 3-20 to 1-11 victory against Doon’s Scoil na Tríonóide Naofa in Newport.
Keith Nealon netted for Nenagh in the first-half but Doon stayed with them until a fortuitous goal straight from a sideline by Mark Daniels helped to push the victors clear. Billy Seymour scored the third goal for Nenagh, who had Jerry Cahill in very impressive form. Doon’s goal came from Mark Colman.
In Group A, the 2010, 2011 and 2014 champions Ardscoil Rís enjoyed a 4-22 to 0-9 win against Hamilton High School of Bandon. The Limerick city school were always on top, leading 0-13 to 0-4 at half-time, and they had second-half goals from Cian Moriarty (two), Pádraig O’Loughlin and John Flynn. Brian Ryan scored three points for Ardscoil.
Elsewhere in that group, Thomas Douglas scored 14 points, seven from play, as Waterford’s De La Salle overcame Blackwater CS 1-20 to 1-13 in Fraher Field.
Blackwater got a great start as Jack Prendergast found the net and by half-time led 1-18 to 0-8. Eddie Meaney’s green flag for De La Salle upon the resumption brought them back into it though, and they pushed on from there.
Our Lady’s Secondary School of Templemore edged out Charleville CBS in Group B, finishing strongly to win 0-20 to 1-15.
Jamie Bergin, who finished with 10 converted frees, featured among the Templemore scorers in the first-half and they looked set to lead at half-time until Jack Barry’s great individual goal put Charleville 1-10 to 0-11 in front.
The close nature of the game continued in the second-half, with Paddy O’Loughlin and PJ Herr on target for Charleville, but in the closing stages, Templemore’s strong spread of scorers stood them in good stead.
Points by Stephen Nolan, Paul Bergin and Aidan O’Meara helped them to push ahead and they showed a good maturity to see out the game and claim the two points.
Next week sees the start of the Corn Uí Mhuirí, the top-level U18½ football competition in Munster, and, with mid-term the week after that, the next Harty action is scheduled for November 4.