Duggan delight after 'cream of the crop' Dungarvan secure back-to-back crowns
DARRAGH Duggan hailed his Dungarvan Colleges history-makers following their 13-point victory against Our Lady's Templemore.
Duggan presided over a second successive final victory against a team from his native Tipperary and while he admitted that he had sympathy for Our Lady's, the Holycross man insisted: "My heart is with the boys at the moment.
"Sometimes you get the rewards and sometimes you don't but for the last two years, they're after getting exactly what they deserve.
"There might be better teams out there that we haven't played yet, but as far as I'm concerned, these guys are the cream of the crop."
In glorious conditions for hurling yesterday, the sides were level at 0-8 apiece at half-time.
A bumper crowd estimated to be in the region of 3,000 descended on sun-kissed Sean Treacy Park in Tipperary town but the second half turned into a procession.
Dungarvan Colleges won the second half by 2-13 to 1-3 to record a handsome success and for 10 players on the winning side yesterday, another Harty Cup success crowned a remarkable week as Dungarvan CBS had already won the Corn Phadraig senior 'B' final a week earlier.
However, completing the double could lead to calls for an end to the amalgamation of Dungarvan CBS and St Augustines for Harty Cup purposes.
Dungarvan Colleges, who went under the name of Coláiste na nDéise in 2012, have certainly made the most of the players at their disposal – but it certainly takes more than mere talent to win trophies.
"The celebrations might not be as big as last year but we had 31 fellas who gave everything during the year and I think they got their rewards today," Duggan said.
Ryan Donnelly, one of seven survivors from the team that started against Nenagh CBS in last year's Harty final, scored two goals in the second half.
The deadly forward struck in the 35th minute and again seven minutes from full-time, as John Joe Ryan grabbed a consolation goal for Our Lady's in the 56th minute.
Donnelly wasn't the only player to impress as an attacking force for Dungarvan Colleges – Patrick Curran weighed in with 0-8.
In total, the Waterford side had eight players on the scoresheet but the injury sustained by Colin Dunford in the second half could dent their All-Ireland title hopes.
Dunford had posted 0-3 before he was forced off with a serious shoulder injury that could rule him out of the All-Ireland series.
Our Lady's, meanwhile, will take some comfort from the fact that Nenagh CBS bounced back from their Harty Cup final defeat last year to finish the season as All-Ireland champions.
They had dual All-Ireland minor medallists John McGrath and Colin O'Riordan at midfield yesterday but not even that highly rated pair could stem the tide once Dungarvan Colleges got into their stride.
And so the long wait for Templemore's first Harty Cup success since 1978 will continue for at least another year.
Scorers –Dungarvan Colleges: P Curran 0-8 (5f), R Donnelly 2-1, C Dunford, C Breathnach, T Bourke (3f) 0-3 each, C Curran, M Harney, D Lyons 0-1 each. Our Lady's Templemore: J McGrath 0-5 (4f), JJ Ryan 1-0, D Carey 0-2, D McEnroe, T Nolan, Jamie Bergin, C O'Riordan 0-1 each.
DUNGARVAN COLLEGES – L Power; K Looby, B Looby, M Cronin; T Bourke, K Daly, T Devine; C Curran, M Harney; C Breathnach, P Curran, S Keating; D Lyons, C Dunford, R Donnelly. Subs: D Gartland for Dunford (48), J Mullanney for K Looby (59), S Daly for Donnelly (59).
OUR LADY'S TEMPLEMORE – SP Guerins; D Brereton, J Ryan, James Bergin; P Hogan, B Kennedy, M Campion; J McGrath, C O'Riordan; D McEnroe, D Carey, T Maher; T Nolan, JJ Ryan, Jamie Bergin. Subs: B O'Connell for Jamie Bergin (51), J Fogarty for Brereton (55), E Moloney for Maher (55), T Brett for Carey (55).
Ref – G Hoey (Clare).