Thursday 22 August 2019

Power helps Rochestown maintain Harty Cup form

Gaelic games

St Francis College, Rochestown, makes it two wins out of two with the help of Sean Powter
St Francis College, Rochestown, makes it two wins out of two with the help of Sean Powter

Denis Hurley - Dr Harty Cup (Munster cols SHC)

Sean Power scored 2-2 as St Francis College, Rochestown made it two wins from two in Group B of the Dr Harty Cup with a 4-21 to 2-8 win over Youghal's Pobalscoil na Trionoide yesterday.

At Carrigtwohill yesterday, 'Roco' were able to afford to luxury of not playing this year's Cork minor captain Shane Kingston - son of new county manager Kieran - who is recovering from a broken leg, but they were still well on top.

While Youghal began well, Eoghan O'Brien's goal set 'Roco' on their way and Ciaran Cormack and John O'Sullivan had points as they amassed an early 1-6 to 0-2 lead. By half-time, they were 16 points clear as Powter scored a well-taken goal and Brian Turnbull and James Holland added their names to the list of point-scorers.

The lead stretched to 21, with Powter raising another green flag, before Keane Kelly Budds did get a Youghal goal. It mattered little, though, and while Paddy Prendergast had another goal for the east Cork school late on, Rochestown sub Sean Hilliard also found the net.

The Group A front-runners, Ardscoil Ris and De La Salle of Waterford, also got second wins, against Midleton CBS and Bandon's Hamilton High School respectively. Last year's beaten finalists Ardscoil did the hard work in the first half of their 1-9 to 0-10 victory over Midleton in Cahir.

At one stage in the first half, the Limerick city school were eight points clear as Paraic O'Loughlin, Peter Casey, Sean Phelane and Cian Moriarty registered scores. It was Moriarty's goal which had them firmly in control at half-time, but Midleton fought back admirably in the second half.

Josh Beausang's free-taking was a vital aspect as they came back to within three points, and though Ardscoil won a penalty, Ross Walsh saved well. Nevertheless, Ardscoil held out.

In the other game in Clashmore, De Salle were 1-17 to 0-8 winners against Hamilton but the winning margin was boosted by a late scoring burst.

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The Cork school set their stall out early by withdrawing extra defenders to frustrate the De La Salle attack, and this made for a low-scoring first half, with chances wasted on both sides.

While Bandon led early through Colm Dineen, De La Salle soon took control and Daniel Coady would have had a goal but for a good Cathal Dart-O'Flynn save.

Thomas Douglas was excellent for the Waterford city school, and at half-time they led by 0-8 to 0-4. While William Hurley was good at centre-back for Bandon, some poor shooting prevented them from eating into the deficit while De La Salle continued to pick off scores, with Douglas grabbing a late goal.

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