Our Lady's end 39-year Harty Cup famine in style
Our Lady's 2-22 St Colman's 1-6
Our Lady's Templemore are turning their attentions towards a Croke Park assault following Saturday's demolition job on St Colman's in the Dr Harty Cup final.
Our Lady's ended a 39-year wait for just their second Harty Cup title and they did it in style, routing nine-time winners St Colman's by 19 points in front of 4,924 spectators at Limerick's Gaelic Grounds.
Back in 1978, the school then known as Templemore CBS went on to add the All-Ireland title and that's the next goal for manager Tom Byrnes.
"We'll be taking nothing for granted, but the last couple of times we've been in this position, we've been in a losing dressing room heading into an All-Ireland quarter-final. It's nice to finally lift the cup," he said.
"This was our third final in five years and after losing two, it was time to get over the line. People had questioned our heart, but we always knew we had loads of it."
St Colman's, appearing in their first Harty decider in 14 years, were overwhelmed by an Our Lady's side powered by captain Paddy Cadell, Stevie Nolan, Jerry Kelly and Brian McGrath. Having lost the final to Ardscoil Rís last year, Our Lady's would not be denied again.
McGrath, captain of Tipperary's 2016 All-Ireland minor winning side, was the link-man in attack, but all over the field Our Lady's were dominant as the six St Colman's starting forwards contributed just one point from play.
Andrew Ormonde's goal helped Our Lady's lead 1-12 to 0-4 at half-time and while Niall O'Leary, the best player on view for Cork outfit St Colman's, netted late on, McGrath cancelled that out within a minute.
St Colman's must regroup for an All-Ireland quarter-final clash with St Brigid's of Loughrea, while Our Lady's are guaranteed a safe passage to the semi-finals on March 11.
Scorers - Our Lady's: B McGrath 1-7 (0-2f, 0-2 65s), J Kelly 0-5, S Nolan 0-4, A Ormonde 1-1, L Fairbrother 0-4 (3f), D O'Shea 0-1. St Colman's: N O'Leary 1-1, D Lenihan 0-3 (2f), E Roche & D Lardner 0-1 each.
OUR LADY'S: E Collins; S Ryan, P Campion, E Ryan; N Quinlan, P Cadell, A O'Meara; D Ryan, S Nolan; D O'Shea, B McGrath, J Kelly; A Ormonde, R McCormack, L Fairbrother. Subs: S Doyle for McCormack (52), J Ryan for D Ryan (53), J Gilmartin for Ormonde (57), G O'Connor for O'Shea (59), D Byrne for S Ryan (60).
St Colman's: E Davis; E Wallace, J O'Leary, K Neville; S McCarthy, N O'Leary, E Roche; S O'Connor, D Lenihan; J Sheehan, B Murphy, D Lardner; C Ryan, B Roche, A Creed. Subs: R O'Sullivan for Neville (24), R Galvin for Ryan (h.t.), G Lardner for Creed (h.t.), J Mehigan for Sheehan (46), F Hickey for Murphy (60+2).
ref: R McGann (Clare).