Murphy inspires Doon to victory in Limerick

Doon coach Brendan Bugler celebrates at the final whistle.

STN Doon 0-15 Castletroy College 0-12

Defeat for previously unbeaten Castletroy means that the Limerick duo and Cork pair Gaelcholáiste Mhuire and St Colman’s, Fermoy, all harbour quarter-final ambitions ahead of next week’s final round of group games.

The key final round pairings pits St Colman’s against Castletroy, with Doon’s Scoil Trionoide Naofa playing Gaelcholáiste Mhuire — the winner of each advancing to the knockout stages.

Doon battled back into contention in the prestigious Munster Post-Primary School hurling championship with the final four points.

Barry Murphy, who was introduced for Limerick in September’s All-Ireland MHC final defeat to Kilkenny, was the star of the show for Doon, with the ace free-taker hitting 10 points.

After a tight first half, the sides were level 0-8 each at the break.

Castletroy had Nicholas brothers John and Conor, Barry Nash and Andrew La Touche Cosgrave on target while Doon relied on frees from Murphy and Colin Ryan.

Ryan and Lonergan chipped in with points from play for Doon but the sides were level at the interval.

With 10 minutes to play, the sides were still level at 0-12 each but then Doon found a run of scores through Murphy to secure the victory.

Scores for Doon: B Murphy 0-10 (8, ‘65), C Ryan 0-4 (2f), J Lonergan 0-1.

Scorers for Castletroy: A La Touche Cosgrave 0-5 (4f), J Nicholas 0-3, Barry Nash 0-2, C Nicholas, A Kennedy 0-1.

STN DOON: R Renehan; D Lonergan, B McPartland, M O’Brien; B McCarthy, S O’Connell, R Quirke; A Foley, J Cummins; C Ryan, B Murphy, M Feehan; M Coleman, M Feehan, J Lonergan.

Subs: T Whelan for Quirke (19), A Cosgrave for Whelan (45).

CASTLETROY: J Power; B Nash, E Enright, F Hourigan; D Garry, C Carroll, K Gleeson; L Lyons, C O’Meara; A La Touche Cosgrave, B Nash, J Nicholas; A Kennedy, E Hourigan, M O’Dwyer.

Subs: C Nicholas for O’Dwyer (19), M O’Dwyer for O’Meara (48).

Referee: Richard Moloney (Limerick)


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