THEY may never have won this competition before yesterday, but Ardscoil Ris closed out this Munster U-15 Hurling 'A' final with the class of true champions.
Cian O'Brien, who grabbed five points, and Cian Lynch, who scored six from play in the first half, impressed as Ardscoil layed down the foundation for their victory.
With the game headed towards its final quarter, the Limerick lads led by two and outscored their Waterford rivals by 1-5 to 0-2 during the remaining minutes to secure the cup.
Scorers -- Ardscoil Ris: C Lynch 0-6, C O'Brien 0-5 (2f), D O'Mahoney 1-1, A Gillane 1-0, Ronan Lynch (1 '65', 1f), N Mule 0-2 each, K Daly, P Casey 0-1 each. De La Salle: S Ryan 0-8 (5f), J Fitzgerald 0-3 (2f), S Hogan 1-0, P Hogan, D Hutchinson 0-1 each.
Ardscoil Ris -- A O'Brien; E Quitty, P McNamara, D Connolly; F Larkin, R Lynch, E Costelloe; D O'Mahoney, T Grimes; K Daly, N Mule, C O'Brien (capt); M Collins, C Lynch, A Gillane. Sub: P Casey for A Gillane.
De La Salle -- E Purcell; N Blanchfield, C Browne, K Dillon; Dunphy, M Shanahan, J McCarthy; E Hayden, B Cunningham; G Flynn, S Hogan, J Fitzgerald; S Ryan, P Hogan, D Hutchinson, S Treacy. Sub: A Power for S Treacy.
Ref -- F Horgan (Tipperary).