Dowling points the way as Ardscoil Ris begin Harty title defence
Harty Cup round-up
LIMERICK'S Ardscoil Ris opened the defence of their Dr Harty Cup title with an emphatic 3-22 to 0-8 win over Waterford Colleges in Tipperary Town yesterday.
First-time winners last season, Ardscoil Ris were in control from the off and led 1-11 to 0-4 at half-time with a John Fitzgibbon goal and four points from Mark Carmody setting the tone.
Fitzgibbon and Carmody added further goals in the second half and the reigning champions also saw Shane Dowling finish with 10 points.
Meanwhile, the superb accuracy of Aidan McCormack from play and from frees ensured last year's defeated finalists Thurles CBS also got their campaign off to the best possible start against De La Salle Waterford with a 1-19 to 1-12 win at sun-drenched Cahir.
In total, McCormack scored 11 points of his side's tally as the 2009 champions signalled their intentions for this season with a polished display.
There was little to choose between the sides early on, but a goal scored by Kevin Slattery in the 13th minute put Thurles into the driving seat and they went on to lead by 1-8 to 0-4 at half-time.
Elsewhere, St Caimin's CS of Shannon withstood a strong second-half fightback by Colaiste Chriost Ri to gain a 4-17 to 5-9 victory in Ballyagran.
Starting at full-forward, Aaron Cunningham scored 3-7 as the Clare side, playing with the aid of a very strong breeze, swept into a 3-12 to 1-3 lead by half-time.
The Cork side retaliated in the second half but they just failed to overhaul St Caimin's, for whom Gordon Joyce and Enda Dunne both scored 1-1.
Meanwhile, Nenagh overcame Midleton on a scoreline of 2-17 to 2-13, St Flannan's put Blackwater to the sword with a crushing 4-11 to 1-16 victory, and Charleville fell to Templemore with a 1-19 to 1-16 defeat.