Cork schools can grab their chance in the Harty Cup this year as Midleton, CBC and St Colman's progress

Cork schools can grab their chance in the Harty Cup this year as Midleton, CBC and St Colman's progress
Kian Farmer of Midleton CBS stretches for a loose ball while under pressure from Gearoid Collins and Cian Galvin of St Flannan's. Picture: Don Moloney/Press 22

CORK schools will have a very strong hand to deal with when the Dr Harty Cup resumes in the New Year.

Midleton CBS, St Colman’s Fermoy and CBC are all safely berthed in the last eight of the competition after the final round of group games yesterday.

St Colman’s victory over Ard Scoil Rís decreed that the holders and cup specialists in recent years were eliminated from the equation.

They had five titles to their credit since 2010 but they are done and dusted now for this season.

Midleton CBS sealed their place in the quarter-finals too with a very comprehensive victory over one of the most decorated schools in the competition, St Flannan’s while CBC marched on in style as well with a resounding win over Thurles CBS.

Gary Carroll of Midleton CBS outjumps Ashley Brohan of St Flannan's. Picture: Don Moloney/Press 22
Gary Carroll of Midleton CBS outjumps Ashley Brohan of St Flannan's. Picture: Don Moloney/Press 22

The elimination of Ard Scoil Rís was one of the day’s major talking points with St Colman’s sending out a very strong message in that encounter.

David Lardner delivered 0-8 for the Fermoy school while James Kearney and Padraig O’Leary provided the goals in their 2-19 to 1-15 triumph.

Midleton CBS were very impressive too in their victory over the Ennis school and had Ross O’Regan, Ryan McCarthy, Jason Hankard and Joe Stack contributing handsomely on the scoresheet.

They led by 0-12 to 0-6 at the interval but goals from Hankard and O’Regan in the second-half catapulted them with ease into the last eight.

Others to perform well for the East Cork school were Ciaran Joyce and Darragh Moran.

CBC’s Niall Hartnett breaks past Thurles CBS’s Frank Hanafin. Picture: John D Kelly
CBC’s Niall Hartnett breaks past Thurles CBS’s Frank Hanafin. Picture: John D Kelly

CBC issued a warning too that they could be a team to keep a close eye on when the competition resumes after Christmas.

They defeated a fancied Thurles CBS side by 15 points and had Padraig Power, Shane Barrett, Kevin Finn, Owen McCarthy and Jack Cahalane impacting significantly on the scoreboard.

CBC’s Shane Barrett breaks past Thurles CBS’s Jack Hickey. Picture: John D Kelly
CBC’s Shane Barrett breaks past Thurles CBS’s Jack Hickey. Picture: John D Kelly

There was no joy, however, for the other Cork school involved, Gaelcholaiste Mhuire an Mhainistir Thuaidh who were well beaten by Nenagh CBS on a scoreline of 3-10 to 0-9.

The quarter-final draw will take place next month and the last eight going into the hat will be Midleton CBS, De La Salle Waterford, CBC, Thurles CBS, St Colman’s, Nenagh CBS, John the Baptist Hospital and Our Lady’s Templemore.

Meanwhile, there will be a three-way contest for the vice-chair of the Cork County Board involving Donal Leahy, Marc Sheehan and Noel O’Callaghan.

Kevin O’Donovan served in the role this year but at the convention will officially take over from Frank Murphy as secretary/CEO.

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