IT was a tough ask of the Kerry Colleges to get their Harty Cup campaign off to a winning start and so it proved as St Colmans of Fermoy got off to a winning start against the Kingdom outfit in Dromcollogher on Wednesday.
The winners dominated for most of the game with the Kerry side coming right back into contention coming up to half-time. Philip Lucid opened the scoring with a pointed free for Kerry. Colman's replied with Shane Walsh placing Ronan O'Regan for the lead with a great goal. Colman's led from here. Kerry Colleges had a point by Peter Crowe, but it was the Fermoy side who gained supremecy in the half-back line.
Ronan Bransfield was in splendid form at midfield and helped by a goal by Colm Fenton the winners opened up a commanding 2-7 to 0-2 lead after 20 minutes. Michael Lynch had two points for Kerry Colleges with Keith Seills adding a point 2-7 to 0-5. Shane Moroney and Alan Fenton had late points for Colman's while Kerry had two goals in quick succession by Gearoid Sheehan and Philip Lucid (free) that left just four points between the sides at the break 2-9 to 2-5.
The expected Kerry fight back failed to materialise in the second half. Colman's took control from the start. Ronan Bransfield continued in devastating form at midfield and the attack took some very good points. By the three quarter stage. Colman's had moved 2-17 to 2-7 clear.
Kerry Colleges were held to a mere four points in this half, while Colman's at their ease added eight more points in the final quarter by Shane Walsh (2) Cian O'Connor, Kevin O'Neill, Shane Moroney, James Neville, Colm Fenton and Ronan O'Regan to emerge victorious by a 16 point margin. ST COLMAN'S: Frank Hogan (Bride Rovers) Sean Linehan (Ballyhooly) Brian Fenton (Watergrasshill) Aaron Neville (St Catherine's) Peter Murphy (Fermoy), Tom Carroll 0-1 (Castlelyons) James Neville 0-1 (St Catherine's) Cian O'Connor 0-1 (Bride Rovers) Ronan Bransfield 0 -4 (Castlelyons) Shane Walsh 0-2 (Bride Rovers) Kevin O'Neill 0-3 (Watergrasshill) Alan Fenton 0-5 (0-3f, 01 65) (Castlelyons) Colm Fenton 1-2 (Watergrasshill) Shane Moroney 0-4 (Castlelyons) Ronan O'Regan 1-2 (Castlelyons) Subs Conor O'Keeffe (Fermoy) for Aaron Neville, Denis O'Farrell (Watergrasshill) for Kevin O'Neill, James McCarthy (Kilworth) for Colm Fenton, Cormac Mulcahy (St. Catherine's) for Alan Fenton, Declan Varner (Castlelyons) for Ronan Bransfield KERRY COLLEGES: Ryan Delaney (Mounthawk) Paudie O'Connor ( Causeway Comprehensive) Kieran O'Halloran (do) Niall Meehan ( Mounthawk) John Hussey (Causeway Comprehensive) Tadgh Brosnan (do) Dylan Goggin (The Green) Keith Carmody ( Causeway Comprehensive) Daniel Carroll (do) Philip Lucid 1-4, (1-3f) (do) Podge Kearney 0-1, ( Mounthawk) Peter Crowe 0-1 (Causeway Comprehensive) Michael Lynch 0-2, (do) Gearoid Sheehan 1-0, ( Mounthawk) Keith Seills 0-1, (Causeway Comprehensive) Sub J P Byrne (Causeway Comprehensive) for Keith Seills (inj) REFEREE: Shane Hourigan (Rathkeale)