AG advance after edging gripper

Gaelcholáiste Mhuire AG 1-15 Scoil na Tríonóide Naofa, Doon 1-13
A gripping Dr Harty Cup clash in Mallow yesterday, Gaelcholáiste Mhuire AG holding out against last season’s defeated finalists to go through to the knockout stages in the New Year.

Both came into the contest level on points and, after a see-saw battle, Gaelcholáiste Mhuire booked their place in the last eight

The early exchanges were close. Industrious duo Barry Murphy (who finished with 1-7) and Colin Ryan opened the scoring for Doon. However, Gaelcholáiste Mhuire achieved parity by the 10th minute courtesy of Evan Sheehan (2) and Ciarán Hanafin. Corner-forward Hanafin played a more outfield role, and the AG gained the initiative when, after a brilliant fetch, menacing centre-forward Dayne Lee tore through before parting to Daniel Gunning to goal on 20 minutes, 1-3 to 0-3.

The Cork side increased their lead with points from brothers Eddie and Daniel Gunning before Doon raised white flags from David Lonergan and Murphy — welcome scores, having not registered for over quarter of an hour after missing a couple of scoreable frees. Ryan then notched a superb point to cut the gap to two, but Daniel Gunning replied to ensure Gaelcholáiste Mhuire held a 1-6 to 0-6 advantage at the interval.

As the second-half commenced, the two teams had players deep, so it was a case of who could orchestrate it best.

Doon’s Murphy got a stick to Joe Lonergan’s delivery to level the game. Daniel Gunning, crucially answered with a pair of frees, plus a point each from Lee and Sheehan. Murphy hit Doon’s sole response, 1-10 to 1-7 by the 40th minute.

The Limerick college’s defence, led by Brian McCarthy, Brian McPartland and Shane O’Connell, had to be alert, three times clearing their goal line as Murphy (3), Ryan and Robbie Quirke had the sides tied, 1-12 apiece, with five minutes remaining.

Eddie Gunning helped steady the ship while Eoghan O’Leary bagged a precious point for Gaelcholáiste Mhuire, followed by an Eddie Gunning 65m.

In stoppage time, Darragh O’Connell brought off a spectacular save from Dylan O’Dwyer, tipping the sliotar over for a one-point game. The lively Sheehan closed out to claim a memorable victory for Gaelcholáiste Mhuire AG.

Scorers for Gaelcholáiste Mhuire AG: D Ó Conaing (1-5, four frees), E Ó Siocháin (0-4), E Ó Conaing (one free, one 65m) and C Ó hAinifín (0-2 each), D Ó Laoi and E Ó Laoire (0-1 each).

Scorers for STN Doon: B Murphy (1-7, four frees), C Ryan (0-3), D Lonergan, R Quirke and D O’Dwyer (0-1 each).

GAELCHOLÁISTE MHUIRE AG: D Ó Conaill (Na Piarsaigh); É O Conaing (Na Piarsaigh), C Ó Suilleabháin (Na Piarsaigh), R Ó Meara (Na Piarsaigh); A Breathnach (Na Piarsaigh), B Ó Ceallacháin (Na Piarsaigh), A Ó Donnabháin (Glen Rovers); L Ó Cochlan (Glen Rovers), E Ó Laoire (Na Piarsaigh); P de Faoite (Glen Rovers), D Ó Laoi (Na Piarsaigh), K Ó hEathairn (Na Piarsaigh); C Ó hAinifin (Capt, Na Piarsaigh), D Ó Conaing (Na Piarsaigh), E Ó Siocháin (Na Piarsaigh).

Subs: J Ó Muireasa (Na Piarsaigh) for R Ó Meara (39), C Ó Connaigle (Na Piarsaigh) for K Ó hEathairn (45), A Ó Suilleabháin (Glen Rovers) for C Ó Connaigle (60).

STN DOON: R Renehan (Cappawhite); D Lonergan (Cappamore), B McPartland (Doon), M O’Brien (Doon); B McCarthy (Pallasgreen), S O’Connell (Doon), R Quirke (Cappawhite); J Cummins (Doon), A Foley (Cappamore); C Ryan (Pallasgreen), B Murphy (Doon), Matt Feehan (Capt, Sean Treacy’s); M Coleman (Doon), Mikie Feehan (Sean Treacy’s), J Lonergan (Cappamore).

Subs: A Cosgrave (Pallasgreen) for Mikie Feehan (49), D O’Dwyer (Doon) for M Coleman (54).

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary).

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