Friday 20 July 2018

Ardscoil to face Midleton in Harty Cup decider

The lead continued to swing to and fro, but ultimately Ardscoil had the strong finish required. (stock picture)
The lead continued to swing to and fro, but ultimately Ardscoil had the strong finish required. (stock picture)

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Ardscoil Rís of Limerick - winners of four of the last eight Dr Harty Cup (Munster PPS Senior Hurling Championship) titles - will play Midleton CBS in this year's final following contrasting semi-final wins for them on Saturday.

Ardscoil, who were last winners in 2016, had a much tougher task and were asked serious questions by CBC of Cork before emerging 0-17 to 2-8 winners in Mallow.

CBC's second goal, from Robert Downey, put them 2-7 to 0-11 in front with 10 minutes left and though Paul O'Brien levelled with two frees, Owen McCarthy's third point of the game had the Cork side back in front.

They wouldn't score again, however, and points from O'Brien (two), Barry O'Connor and Rian Considine ensured the victory for Ardscoil.

CBC had a great start as Iarlaith Daly netted a third-minute goal and much of the first half saw O'Brien and CBC's Tommy O'Connell exchange frees, Ardscoil leading by 0-8 to 1-4 at half-time.

That advantage was stretched by Rian Considine on the resumption before three in a row from CBC put them ahead. The lead continued to swing to and fro, but ultimately Ardscoil had the strong finish required.

Midleton - the last Cork team to win the title in 2006 - were rampant in the second half as they recorded a 2-27 to 0-16 victory over champions Our Lady's Secondary School of Templemore in Clonmel.

The East Cork school had a 2-4 to 0-1 lead inside the opening 10 minutes thanks to goals from Joe Stack and Arthur Nganou, but Templemore came back strongly, Gearóid O'Connor among the points as they had the gap down to two points, 2-8 to 0-12, by half-time.

After the break it was all Midleton, however, as they pulled away in impressive fashion.

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