THE race for the Dr Harty Cup, Munster colleges senior A hurling championship, got underway on Wednesday and Clare sides involved made a winning start while Ard Scoil Rís from Limerick, with a number of Clare players in their line-up, played a draw.
Round 2 games are scheduled for Wednesday week, October 21.
St Caimin’s 4-25 Doon CBS 1-6
LAST season’s beaten finalists, St Caimin’s from Shannon, were never troubled as they proved too strong for Doon CBS at Claughaun.
Apart from the first 10 minutes when exchanges were fairly even, the Shannon side were in control and were well on their way to the points at the halfway point when they were 2-11 to 0-1 ahead.
They continued to hold the upperhand in the second period and had the victory secure long before the final whistle sounded.
The winners’ half-back trio of Enda Boyce, until injured, Kevin Lynch and Shane Liddy dominated throughout.
Donagh Keogh (2), Seán Lynch and Alan Mulready were the goalscorers for the winners while Cratloe’s Paudge Collins, joint captain of the side along with Kevin Lynch, accounted for seven points.
St Caimin’s: Tommy Griffin (Newmarket), Niall O’Connor (Newmarket), Noel Purcell (Sixmilebridge), Eanna Burns (Sixmilebridge); Enda Boyce (Cratloe), Kevin Lynch (Sixmilebridge), Shane Liddy (Newmarket); Cathal O’Connor (Sixmilebridge), Frank Melody (Newmarket); Aaron Cunnngham (Wolfe Tones), Paudge Collins (Cratloe), Donagh Keogh (Newmarket); David Collins (Cratloe), Alan Mulready (Sixmilebridge), Seán Lynch (Sixmilebridge).
Subs: Brian Carey (Sixmilebridge) for Boyde (inj); Barry Donnellan (Sixmilebridge)for Burns; Kevin McCafferty (Wolfe Tones) for S Lynch; Kieran Quinlan (Sixmilebridge) for Griffin.
St Flannan’s 3-17 Kerry colleges 0-11
KERRY Colleges made their debut in the Dr Harty Cup at Newcastle West and while they made life difficult for competition specialists, St Flannan’s, in the opening half, they were always struggling against the Ennis-based school in the second period.
Early in the second quarter, the winners struck for goals from David O’Halloran and Aaron Considine, two survivors from last year, and these goals helped them to a 2-7 to 0-7 half-time lead.
From here on, the Blues were in control and were well on top in the second half.
St Flannan’s: Niall Woods (Newmarket), Paul Flanagan (Ballyea) captain, Gearóid O’Connell (Ballyea), Conor O’Loughlin (Crusheen); Conor O’Gorman (Clarecastle), Brian Hehir (Inagh-Kilnamona), Stephen O’Halloran (Clarecastle); Cathal Doohan (Ballyea), Cathal Malone (Ennistymon); Eamonn Malone (Corofin), Aaron Considine (Clarecastle), Andy Byrnes (Shannon Rovers); Tony Kelly (Ballyea), Niall Arthur (Inagh-Kilnamona), David O’Halloran (Éire Óg).
Subs: Shane O’Connor for Byrnes; Michael O’Neill (Kilmaley ) for Malone; John Guilfoyle (Wolfe Tones) for O’Loughlin; Jamie Malone (Corofin) for E Malone; Damian Lafferty (Inagh-Kilnamona) for S O’Halloran.
Ard Scoil Rís 1-15 Midleton CBS 2-12
FOUR Clare players lined out for Limerick side Ard Scoil Rís as they played out an exciting draw with Midleton CBS at Dromcollogher.
Ard Scoil made the better start but were hauled back and when the half-time whistle sounded the Limerick City school was just a point in front, 1-6 to 1-5.
Midleton got the upperhand in the second half and they opened a four-point lead but Ard Scoil came storming back and struck the leveller with two minutes to go.
Parteen’s Martin Moloney, playing at wing-back, was outstanding for Ard Scoil Rís while the other Clare players in the line up were Seán O’Connor (Meelick) at full-back, Jamie Shanahan (Sixmilebridge) at midfield and Cratloe’s Cathal McInerney who captained the team from wing-back.