High School end Harty campaign with narrow defeat

Munster Colleges Senior Hurling (Dr Harty Cup)

Munster Colleges Senior Hurling (Dr Harty Cup)

Ardscoil Rís, Limerick 0-7

CBS High School, Clonmel 0-6

Clonmel High School hurlers played their fourth and final group game of the Dr Harty Cup last Thursday at Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary. They were beaten by just a single point by the eventual group winners Ardscoil Rís from Limerick. The winning point was scored in the final moments of a very intense, hard fought encounter.

The Clonmel boys were strongly motivated by the prospect of achieving their first Harty Cup win while the Limerick team were keen to take full points and maintain their unbeaten run. Ardscoil’s physical power and experience stood them well and gave them that little advantage they needed to win the game.

The game was played in very difficult conditions. The wet heavy pitch combined with a strong diagonal cross-field wind and driving rain to ensure that there was little fluency in the hurling. The bulk of the scores came from frees. Both sides scored just one point each from play.

Clonmel enjoyed the best of the play in the opening half while Limerick turned in a massive second half effort. The Clonmel lads led for long periods in the game and given their tremendous team spirit and appetite to compete for everything, they were very unlucky not to come away with at least a share in the spoils.

Ross Peters, confidently taking charge of the free taking duties for the Clonmel side converted four frees in the first half. Clonmel’s second point was a great effort from Tom Kirwan. He fielded a high ball under pressure and struck a fine point.

The High School had a three-point advantage at half time. The Limerick side scored four points without reply in the second half. Ross Mulcahy then scored Clonmel’s next point, he hit a free out near the sideline and into a strong wind. Ardscoil Rís next replied with the winning score, a point from play.

Ross Mulcahy was Clonmel’s best hurler on the day, he won a lot of ball, carried it and made space for himself and he made several telling clearances. David Roberts, making his first start of the season, gave a very good account of himself.

For many of the players on this panel this game marks the end of their High School hurling career. They have achieved a lot together since September 2008. They will always have that distinction of being the first Clonmel High School Harty Cup team. The younger players following on will want to progress further in this very tough competition. The current panel have shown that an awful lot can be achieved by committing wholeheartedly to training and to performing in matches.

Scorers: Ross Peters (0-04,frees), Tom Kirwan (0-01), Ross Mulcahy (0-01,free)

Clonmel High School: Tadhg Lonergan (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), Michael Meagher (Grangemockler-Ballyneale), Sean Nagle (Ballybacon-Grange), Richie Gunne (St Mary’s), Liam Ryan (St Mary’s), Ross Mulcahy (Moyle Rovers), Kevin Guiry (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), Dermot Ryan (Four Mile Water), Alec Owens (Moyle Rovers), Shane Lonergan (Moyle Rovers), Tomas Cooney (Four Mile Water), David Roberts (Moyle Rovers), Paul Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), Tom Kirwan (Ballybacon-Grange), Ross Peters (St Mary’s). Sub Used: Mike Hogan (Ballybacon-Grange)

Panel Members: Michael Boland (St Mary’s), Conor Arrigan (Clonmel Og), Eric Walsh (St Mary’s), Patrick Morrissey (Moyle Rovers), Sean Ryan (Kilsheelan/Kilcash), Stephen Ryan (Four Mile Water), Robbie Lyons (St Mary’s), Kyle Peters (St Mary’s).

Players unavailable through injury: Conor Gleeson (Four Mile Water), Christy Walsh (St Mary’s) and Eoin Kehoe (Kilsheelan-Kilcash).