Harty holders Ardscoil forced to dig deep to secure a replay
Harty Cup holders Ardscoil Rís secured a quarter-final replay after being severely tested by Midleton CBS at Bansha, Co Tipperary yesterday.
While Joe Stack's early goal put Midleton in a great position, the Limerick school - with the wind behind them - responded strongly to lead by 0-7 to 1-1 at half-time, Brian Ryan among the points.
Midleton came back strongly, Liam Gosnell their main man, and they looked set for victory only for frees from Ryan and Paul O'Brien to tie game at 1-7 to 0-10 after 60 minutes.
A goal by Ardscoil's James Daly was answered in kind by Gosnell in extra-time and while Gosnell put Midleton in front near the end, Will Henn equalised to leave the final score at 1-15 to 2-12.
The winners of the replay will face St Colman's College in the semi-finals after the Fermoy school beat Christian Brothers by 3-12 to 1-12 in Blackrock.
First-half goals from Barry Murphy, Brian Roche and Conleth Ryan helped Colman's into a commanding 3-7 to 0-1 half-time lead after they played with the elements. Points from Tommy O'Connell and Declan O'Hanlon helped Christians to reduce the deficit in the second half, but they couldn't find a goal until Eoin Moloney's injury-time strike.
At The Ragg, two Ray McCormack goals helped Our Lady's Secondary School of Templemore to see off Thurles CBS by 3-14 to 1-10.
Brian McGrath, Lyndon Fairbrother and Jerry Kelly also impressed for Templemore, who led by 2-4 to 0-8 at half-time, with David O'Shea getting the other goal. Thurles had just two scorers, Darragh Woods notching ten points with Odhran Quirke getting the goal.
Templemore will face another Tipperary derby in the semi-finals against Nenagh CBS, who needed extra-time to beat Waterford's De La Salle by 0-20 to 2-13.
Jake Morris was the start turn for Nenagh, who led by 0-11 to 1-3 at half-time, Thomas Douglas with the De La Salle goal. Douglas scored another as the Waterford school benefited from the wind in the second half to lead but Kevin McCarthy ensured extra-time.
While De La Salle would forge ahead again, three Morris points gave Nenagh the win.
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