Early goal from Carroll sets Castletroy on their way
Castletroy College got their Dr Harty Cup campaign off to a winning start with victory over St Flannan's College in Sixmilebridge yesterday.
While the bulk of the games in the opening round of the group stages will be played today, this Group D clash was brought forward a day and Castletroy gained the early initiative against the competition's record winners.
Castletroy opened up an early 1-5 to 0-1 lead, buttressed by a goal from captain Colum Carroll, but a green flag from Adam Cassidy helped to bring Flannan's back into contention before half-time.
However, Castletroy got off to a great start upon the resumption, with Aaron Kennedy on target from frees, and seven unanswered points put them in a safe position.
Today, Thurles CBS start the road towards what they hope will be back-to-back titles for the first time since 1951 as they meet St Colman's College in Group C in Clonmel.
In the other game in that group, Nenagh CBS face Doon's Scoil Na Tríonóide Naofa in Newport.
Last year's beaten finalist St Francis College, Rochestown get their campaign under way with a Cork derby against Gaelcholáiste Mhuire in Mayfield. Charleville CBS meet Our Lady's Secondary School from Templemore in Claughaun in that section too.
Ardscoil Rís clash with Bandon's Hamilton High for the fourth time in three years in Mallow in Group A, with a Waterford derby in Fraher Field between De La Salle and Blackwater CS.
In Group D in Clashmore, there is a Harty debut for Cork's Christian Brothers College, a storied rugby school, against CBS High School Clonmel. Last year, Christians reached the Munster U18.5 'B' HC final, losing to St Joseph's of Tulla.