Thursday 22 February 2018

Curran opens the door

Dungarvan Colleges 0-14 Blackwater CS 0-10

DUNGARVAN remain on course to retain their Harty Cup crown as a third-quarter purple patch shook off local rivals Blackwater Community School at Fraher Field.

The sides were level on four occasions in an untidy opening half, with the score 0-7 to 0-6 in favour of the holders at the break.

Darragh Lyons doubled Dungarvan's advantage early in the second half but Kieran Bennett responded with a fine solo effort.

The Dungarvan half-back line began to dictate in the third quarter and they struck for five unanswered points. Patrick Curran scored three of those with Colin Dunford and the lively Lyons also on target to put them 0-13 to 0-7 in front.

Blackwater clawed their way back into contention with three points in a row but their comeback hopes were dashed when David Geary received a straight red card with a minute left.

SCORERS – Dungarvan Colleges: P Curran 0-8 (5f), D Lyons 0-3, C Curran, C Dunford, T Bourke ('65') 0-1 each; Blackwater CS: D Geary 0-7 (5f, 2 '65'), K Bennett 0-2, C Leamy 0-1.

DUNGARVAN COLLEGES – L Power; M Cronin, B Looby, K Looby; T Bourke, K Daly, T Devine; M Harney, C Curran; C Breathnach, P Curran, E Crotty; C Dunford, S Keating, D Lyons. Sub: D Gartland for Crotty (42).

BLACKWATER CS – S Barry; J Ring, C Roche, P Hennessy; C Murray, S O'Brien, N Fives; C Leamy, P Coleman; S Bennett, D Geary, A Crawford; M Kearney, D Meagher, K Bennett. Sub: A O'Sullivan for Fives (51). REF – N Cosgrove (Tipperary).

Irish Independent

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