Tuesday 12 December 2017

Cahalane brace guides Hamilton into quarter-finals

Dr Harty Cup

Hamilton High School of Bandon qualified for the quarter-finals for the first time as they beat Waterford's De La Salle 2-15 to 0-9 in Youghal.

Hamilton High School of Bandon qualified for the quarter-finals for the first time as they beat Waterford's De La Salle 2-15 to 0-9 in Youghal.

With Ardscoil Ris having already won the group, Hamilton went into this game a point ahead of their opponents, and they built up a 1-10 to 0-3 half-time lead.

Michael Cahalane scored the goal for Hamilton, while Chris O'Leary was on form from frees. A De La Salle rally was weathered, and when Cahalane scored a second goal in the 49th minute Hamilton's passage was secured.

The destination of the second qualifying spot in Group 2 will not be decided until the final game in the group, between St Francis College Rochestown and Blackwater CS of Lismore on December 4. Rochestown enjoyed a 1-9 to 0-9 win over Midleton CBS in Watergrasshill yesterday, a result which puts them level with the east Cork school on four points.

Mark Dolan's 58th-minute goal, coming when Rochestown had moved 0-9 to 0-8 ahead, secured the win, while Shane Kingston's four points from frees on a windy day were invaluable.

Centre-back Niall Cashman and Aaron Ward at midfield both impressed as well for Rochestown, who led by 0-6 to 0-4 at half-time. Joe Millerick got four of Midleton's nine points from frees, while Paudie McMahon also did well.

That result means that the avoidance of defeat against Blackwater – a game rescheduled after the original match was abandoned – will be enough for them to progress to the last eight.

A Blackwater win would leave the three teams on four points, however. When two sides have the same total, the head-to-head record is the determining factor, but when more than two are tied, then scoring difference is used.

The other Group 2 game saw the already-eliminated St Joseph's CBS of Nenagh defeat Dungarvan CBS, who had the group won, by 0-14 to 0-9.

In Group 4, Charleville CBS secured their progression as table-toppers as they gained a third win from three games by beating Youghal's Pobalscoil na Tríonóide on a 1-13 to 1-10.

Darragh O'Brien's goal had Youghal 1-4 to 0-6 in front at half-time, while Daniel Relihan impressed for Charleville.

Two points by Ollie Dempsey put Youghal further ahead upon the resumption, but Jack Barry at midfield inspired Charleville to fight back. JP Moloney's goal put them 1-8 to 0-10 and they got stronger from there.

Irish Independent

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