THREE wins out of five on the opening day of the Dr Harty Cup represented a very good day for the Cork participants yesterday.
Midleton CBS, St Colman’s Fermoy and Gaelcholáiste Mhuire AG were all winners, beating De La Salle Waterford, Blackwater CS and Thurles CBS respectively.
Quite a few of the Cork minor team that was defeated by Galway in the All-Ireland minor final figured very prominently for the three winning teams.
Sean O’Leary-Hayes, the Cork minor captain, Ger Millerick, Aaron Walsh-Barry and Liam O’Shea all starred for Midleton CBS in their comprehensive win while Liam Gosnell from Carrigtwohill was another who shone resplendently in their 1-21 to 0-12 victory.
On the evidence presented in this encounter, the East Cork side may very well be competing strongly at the business end of the campaign.
Two more Cork minors and U17 All-Ireland medal winners, Brian and Eoin Roche were to the forefront for St Colman’s in their victory over Blackwater CS, the school where outgoing Cork minor team boss Denis Ring is principal.
The North Cork team had three points to spare at the end and they will be hoping to go one better this time after losing to Our Lady’s Templemore in last year’s final.
Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG had a splendid win too, defeating cup traditionalists Thurles CBS with another Cork U17 and minor star, Daire Connery in excellent form as was fellow U17 ace and Na Piarsaigh club man Blake Murphy. Shane O'Regan and Liam Ryan were also to the fore.
There was no joy, however, for CBC, who have a talented line-up including the Glen's Robert Downey and Midleton's Tommy O'Connell, lost by a point to the holders Templemore while a young Charleville CBS outfit, including Cork U17 Cormac O'Brien, were comprehensively beaten by Ard Scoil Rís.
Meanwhile, the draw for the fourth round of the Cork County U21 hurling championship was made last night and it resulted as follows:
Sarsfields v Blarney, Blackrock v Fr O’Neill’s, Valley Rovers v Glen Rovers/Erin’s Own, Douglas v Charleville, Na Piarsaigh/St Finbarr’s v St Colman’s, Mallow v Shandrum, Killeagh-Ita’s v Duhallow, Courcey Rovers v Ballymartle.