Ard Scoil too strong
Ard Scoil Ris 1-19
Thurles CBS 1-10
LAST year it took three games for Ard Scoil Ris to see off Thurles in the final; yesterday their quarter-final was all but settled after 15 minutes.
Superior in most areas of the field, Ard Scoil Ris were particularly well-served by centre-back Declan Hannon, along with free-scoring Shane Dowling and John Fitzgibbon up front.
Their 14th-minute goal was the key score -- Fitzgibbon availing of the rebound from Oisin Hickey's attempt -- but by then they'd already put seven points on the board.
It was a bad-tempered affair at times, boiling over even before the throw-in and again just before the final whistle, when referee David Copps sent off Ard Scoil's Mark Ryan and Michael O'Brien of Thurles.
Scorers -- Ard Scoil Ris: S Dowling 0-9 (4f); J Fitzgibbon 1-2; O Hickey, J Shanahan 0-2 each; B O'Connor, K O'Brien, M Carmody, D Hannon (f) 0-1 each. Thurles CBS: A McCormack 0-6 (6f); K Slattery 1-0; P Ralph, M Sadlier, D Burke, J Meagher 0-1 each.
Ardscoil Ris -- PJ Hall; K Lynch, B O'Connell, M Moroney; A Dempsey, D Hannon, D Moloney; J Shanahan, M Ryan; M Carmody, S Dowling, B O'Connor; K O'Brien, J Fitzgibbon, O Hickey. Subs: C Lynch for O'Brien, J Kelliher for O'Connor, F Carey for Lynch, J Hannon for Hickey, C Keogh for Moloney.
Thurles CBS -- J Maher; S Kennedy, J Ryan, J Bourke; C Quirke, J Meagher, J Stapleton; S Maher, S Cahill; P Ralph, M Sadlier, D Burke; M O'Brien, A McCormack, C Hammersley. Subs: E Moriarty for Cahill, K Slattery for Burke, M Cussen for Stapleton, M Lanigan for Hammersley.
Ref -- D Copps (Cork).