Dowling haul puts Ardscoil in command
Ardscoil Ris 2-16
Castlecomer CS 0-6
Ardscoil Ris produced an awesome first-half performance in Templemore to blaze their way into the final, rattling off 2-8 against 0-1 from a dazzled Castlecomer CS.
Ardscoil had just two points on the scoreboard after 11 minutes, both from Shane Dowling, but once they hit their stride they were unstoppable.
Brendan O'Connor rifled a strike to the top right corner of the Castlecomer net on 13 minutes before Oisin Hickey and Dowling (free) made it 1-4 to 0-0 after 17 minutes.
Luke Maher got Castlecomer off the mark seconds later with a fine point, but that was the only positive of the half for the Kilkenny school.
Additional points from Mark Carmody, Dowling (two) and O'Connor complemented a fine goal from Oisin Hickey as Ardscoil went well clear at half-time, 2-8 to 0-1.
Left with nothing to do but battle, Castlecomer came out fighting in the second half.
They enjoyed a purple patch, rattling off an impressive five points in three minutes through Charles Dwyer (0-4) and Eoin Bergin.
However, that was as good as it got for Castlecomer as Ardscoil Ris regained control to run out handy winners and earn a chance to gain revenge for their defeat against St Kieran's in last year's final.
SCORERS -- Ardscoil Ris: S Dowling 0-8 (6f), B O'Connor, O Hickey 1-2 each, M Carmody 0-2, J Kelliher, C Lynch 0-1 each. Castlecomer CS: C Dwyer 0-4 (2f), E Bergin, L Maher 0-1 each.
Castlecomer CS -- D Breen; K Delaney, R Healy, N Callinan; R Kinsella, B Cahill, D Dunne; P Keating, R Moran; E Brennan, C Dwyer, E Bergin; A Carron, S Daly, L Maher. Subs: B Brophy for Carron (31), McDermott for Maher (59).
Ardscoil Ris -- PJ Hall; K Lynch, B O'Connell, D Maloney; A Dempsey, D Hannon, M Moroney; M Ryan, J Shanahan; M Carmody, S Dowling, B O'Connor; K O'Brien, O Hickey, J Fitzgibbon. Subs: J Kelliher for Fitzgibbon (42), C Keogh for Moroney (46), C Lynch for O'Brien (48), E Fitzgerald for Ryan (55), M Foley for Carmody (56).
Ref -- J Ryan (Tipperary).