Christians grab another big win in the Harty Cup against Templemore

Christians grab another big win in the Harty Cup against Templemore
Robbie Cotter, CBC, about to pick up this ball under pressure from Michael Ryan, Our Lady’s Secondary School. Picture: Dan Linehan

CBC 2-14 Our Lady’s Templemore 0-11

CHRISTIANS took a significant step towards another quarter-final place in the Dr Harty Cup (Munster Post-Primary Schools Senior Hurling Championship) with a second win in Group C in Boherlahan yesterday.

They overcame difficult conditions and a battling Our Lady’s Templemore side, who didn’t start either midfielder Kevin Maher or star attacker James Devaney.

Both were instrumental in Borris-Illeigh’s Tipperary county success on Sunday and will be in Munster club action against Glen Rovers this Sunday, as well.

And with regular full-back Lorcan Roche also out, Templemore were vulnerable, though Maher and Devaney were sprung from the bench in the closing quarter, when Christians led by 1-10 to 0-10.

Darragh Kennedy’s seventh pointed free cut the margin, but, ironically, it was a pair of Glen substitutes, Eoin O’Leary and Tom Downey, who made the greater difference.

Both scored with their first touches, O’Leary pointing before Downey’s long delivery deceived keeper Diarmaid Brennan for the clinching second goal, two minutes from the end.

Christians laid the foundations for this important victory by turning around level at 1-6 to 0-9 after playing against the appreciable wind on a bitterly cold afternoon.

They were boosted by an important 19th minute goal from Jack Cahalane after captain Niall Hartnett set him up.

Eoghan Kirby and Pierce Cummins hit important points as well as last season’s beaten finalists put themselves into a winning position at the interval.

Christians bossed the middle third for most of the second-half with major contributions from midfielders Denis McSweeney and James Dwyer with Carthach Daly shoring up a solid half-back line.

Sweeeny set the tone with two points in the third quarter and Cahalane’s accuracy from frees and play helped put some day-light between the sides.

Templemore only scored twice in the second period, a measure of Christians’ superb defending, and they finished strongly, too.

Hartnett made it a four-point game with a fine score before the Glen duo pounced for 1-1 and McSweeney, fittingly, closed out the scoring.

Scorers for CBC: J Cahalane 1-4 (0-3 f), D McSweeney 0-4, T Downey 1-0, E Kirby 0-2, P Cummins, N Hartnett, R Cotter and E O’Leary 0-1 each.

Our Lady’s: D Kennedy 0-8, 7f, 1’65, B Stapleton, P Kinnane and T Cahill 0-1 each

CBC: E O’Neill (Blarney); G Reddy (Midleton), S Kingston (Ballinora), E Downey (Glen Rovers); P Cummins (St Colman’s), C Daly (Lismore), G Mulcahy (Glen Rovers); J Dwyer (Ballincollig), D McSweeney (Blarney); E Kirby (do), N Hartnett (Douglas), captain, E Kidney (Cobh); R Cotter (Blackrock), J Cahalane (St Finbarr’s), D Burke (Douglas). 

Subs: E O’Leary (Glen Rovers) for Cotter 49, T Downey (Glen Rovers) for Kidney 53, D Murray (Sarsfields) for Kirby 58.

OUR LADY’S: D Brennan; M Ryan, S Lowe, H Fogarty; J Corcoran, J Campion, C O’Dwyer; D Kennedy, C Cadell; K Ryan, E Ryan, B Stapleton; P Kinnane, T Cahill, C McCormack. 

Subs: K Maher for Cadell and J Devaney for McCormack 47.

Referee: F Horgan (Tipperary)

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