LIMERICK, CORK, WATERFORD and Tipperary will all have representatives in this year’s Dr Harty Cup semi-finals after today’s quarter-final action.
Limerick’s Ardscoil Rís, champions in 2014, will take on Cork’s St Colman’s (Fermoy), who last won in 2003, in one semi-final later this month.
While the other semi-final will pit De La Salle (Waterford), back-to-back winners in 2007 and 2008, against Our Lady’s (Templemore), finalists in 2013.
Here’s how today’s games unfolded:
Ardscoil Rís 2-11
Rochestown College 1-7
The high-profile game of the day saw Ardscoil Rís claim victory by seven points against last year’s finalists Rochestown College in Charleville.
Ardscoil Rís made the brighter start to go in front 0-4 to 0-0 and were ahead 0-7 to 0-2 at the interval. Rochestown College did cut the gap to three at one juncture in the second-half but the gamebreaking scores arrived from Ardscoil Rís in the final quarter.
Patrickswell’s John Flynn and Clonlara’s David Fitzgerald both netted in quick succession to place Ardscoil Rís out of sight.
St Colman’s (Fermoy) 2-12
Christian Brothers College Cork 0-11
St Colman’s are back in the semi-final stage after they saw off Christian Brothers College in an all-Cork clash in Mallow.
Between 2001 and 2003, St Colman’s completed three-in-a-row in this competition but have not featured in a final since then. They are now just one game away from reaching that stage after today’s victory.
At the break, St Colman’s were ahead 1-5 to 0-5 today with Watergrasshill’s Kyle Cronin striking the important goal.
Jamie Corkery’s accurate freetaking kept Christians in touch as they cut the deficit to the minimum during the second-half. But they could never draw level and a second goal from Glanworth’s Stephen Condon for St Colman’s killed the contest to seal their triumph.
Our Lady’s (Templemore) 1-18
Castletroy CC 3-5
Our Lady’s Templemore ensured their will be Tipperary representatives in the last four after they saw off Castletroy CC by seven points in Toomevara. The winners were ahead 1-11 to 3-3 at the break and increased their lead in the second-half as they cut out the concession of goals.
Monaleen’s Mark O’Dwyer bagged three goals for Castletroy CC while JK Brackens player Lyndon Fairbrother raised Our Lady’s Templemore’s green flag.
Fairbrother was one of three members of the Tipperary minor hurling side that reached last September’s All-Ireland final involved with Our Lady’s as he was joined by Brian McGrath and Kevin Hassett. McGrath and Jamie Bergin were on the Tipperary minor football side that lost the All-Ireland final to Kerry.
De La Salle (Waterford) 0-13
Nenagh CBS 0-10
De La Salle ensured their will be Deise representation in the semi-finals as they grinded out a three-point victory over Nenagh CBS in Kilmallock.
The teams were tied at 0-5 apiece at the break but De La Salle enjoyed a productive third quarter as they moved 0-11 to 0-8 clear. Nenagh CBS tried to rally in the closing stages but couldn’t bridge that gap.
Ballygunner duo Harry Ruddle and Michael Mahony along with Mooncoin’s Paul Hennebry, impressed for the winners.