ST COLMAN’S Fermoy and CBC got the Dr Harty Cup off to a very positive start for Cork schools yesterday.
It’s been 12 years since a Cork school, Midleton CBS, lifted the famed colleges hurling trophy and, whilst it’s very early days yet, there was plenty to be enthusiastic about after those two victories.
Both were very impressive, St Colman’s against Nenagh CBS and CBC against Castletroy College and a number of players made handsome contributions.
David Lardiner from the Fermoy club posted 11 points for St Colman ’s while the Bride Rovers trio of Brian and Eoin Roche and Conleith Ryan were all very effective as well.
Those three plus goalkeeper Ben Hogan will be in action for their club in Saturday’s replayed Premier 2 Cork County minor final against Shandrum.
In CBC’s comprehensive victory, young Jack Cahalane, brother of senior star Damien and U21 star Conor, put up a very impressive 1-6 while Own McCarthy from Inniscarra bagged a brace of goals.
Padraig Power from Blarney posted 1-3 and it was a fine display overall from the Donal O’Mahony coached side.
The Cork senior selector has played a huge role in getting the famed rugby school up to this level and the team that has been constructed this season looks very formidable.
The other Cork school involved yesterday, Gaelcholáiste Mhuire AG lost out to holders Ard Scoil Rís but not before putting on a very brave display.
Cork minor star Daire Connery and Cathal O’Neill scored 1-8 between them as they went under by six points to the most successful school of recent years.
Meanwhile, despite losing the All-Ireland final to Tipperary, Cork have more players on the U21 team of the year.
The Rebel County secured six places while Tipp are one behind on five.
The Cork players selected are goalkeeper Ger Collins from Ballinhassig, Niall O’Leary from Castlelyons, who starred for Imokilly in last Sunday’s senior final, Blarney’s Mark Coleman, the Barrs' Billy Hennessy, Robbie O’Flynn from Erin’s Own and Tim O’Mahony from Newtownshandrum.
Coleman has been nominated for the Player of the Year award alongside Tipp’s Jake Morris and Ger Browne and Galway’s Fintan Burke.