Ryan has last say as Colman’s peg back Caimin’s

A POINTED 65 by Tom Ryan earned St. Colman’s a deserved draw in this highly entertaining Harty Cup first round tie at Feenagh yesterday.

The Shannon school were by far the better side, particularly in the opening half, at the end of which they led by six points. But the introduction of Ryan worked the oracle for the Fermoy college and it was fitting he should have the final say. Ryan was a revelation for Colman’s. Using his pace and skill to great effect, he hit five points in his side’s tremendous second half fight back.

Caimin’s will be disappointed at not claiming such a big Harty scalp as Colman’s, particularly as they face fellow Clare side, St Flannan’s, in the next round. They showed little regard for their more illustrious opponents and stormed into a four points to nil lead after 10 minutes.

With Liam Markham superb at centre back, and Sean Collins dictating matters at midfield, they were denied a goal by Colman’s ‘keeper Ed Aherne who saved superbly from Darren Duggan.

Colman’s recovered well but were almost totally dependent on Anthony Cronin’s marksmanship from frees for scores. He eventually got his side off the mark with a point from a free after 12 minutes.

Caimins’ hurling was crisp and direct. They pinned Colman’s in their own half for long periods, hit over a succession of excellent points, including two by Sean Collins, to deservedly lead 0-11 to 0-5 at half-time, and a surprise result looked on the cards.

However the introduction of Ryan for the second half helped turn this keenly contested affair. Brian O’Sullivan began their fightback with a point 30 seconds in and as Ryan began to sparkle on the wing, they hit a purple patch scoring four in a row and by the end of the third quarter the deficit was down to a single point. After Conor McGrath pointed for the Shannon school to momentarily stop the rot, Ryan took off on a 60 yard run before firing over the sweetest of scores to leave the minimum between them again. With time running out, Ryan fired over a 65 to tie the game for the first time and ensure a share of the spoils.

Scorers for St. Caimin’s: C. McGrath (frees), S. Collins 0-4 each; L. Markham 0-3 (0-2 frees, 0-1 65); D. Duggan, K. Lynch, S. O’Connor 0-1 each.

Scorers for St. Colman’s: T. Ryan 0-5 (0-3 frees, 0-1 65); A. Cronin 0-4 (frees); B. O’Sullivan 0-2; M. Roche, A. Condon, L. Whelan 0-1 each.

ST. CAIMIN’S: S. Fleming; S. O’Connor, J. Conroy, E. Boyce; T. Purcell, L. Markham, K. Lynch; S. Collins, S. Hynan; N. Frawley, D. Gallery, C. McGrath; D. Duggan, C. Treacy, P. Sheehan.

Sub: P. Collins for P. Sheehan.

ST.COLMAN’S: E. Aherne; T. Sheehan, K. Lane, S. O’Brien; R. Clancy, J. Roche, M. O’Leary; A. Cronin, S. Finn; M. Roche, M. McCormack, B. O’Sullivan; A. Condon, J. Healy, L. Whelan.

Subs: S. Feeney for Healy; T. Ryan for McCormack; K. O’Brien for Roche; D. Tobin for Sheehan.

Referee: D. Copps (Ballyhea).

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