Gaelcoláiste Mhuire AG 3-13
Scoil Na Trionnaide Doon 0-10
THERE will be four Cork teams in the last eight of the Dr Harty Cup after this emphatic victory by Gaelcholáiste Mhuire AG at Fermoy on Wednesday.
Victory was a must here for the Cork school and they went about their business efficiently from the outset.
Despite the wretched conditions, rain throughout and a very heavy surface, they laid down the platform for their eventual triumph with a clinical first-half display which had them firmly in control at half-time on a scoreline of 3-9 to 0-5.
The teams were deadlocked over the first five minutes of play at 0-2 apiece but a brace of very quick goals from Evan Murphy and Shane O’Regan swung the pendulum firmly in the Northside school’s direction.
O’Regan posted some fine points from the placed ball as well.
Daire Connery made a huge contribution too to the victory, rifling over some sublime points from open play and his accuracy, particularly in the first-half, was a joy to behold.
The Limerick school was hugely dependent on full-forward Ryan Relihan to put their scores on the board and he was on target on six different occasions, the bulk of those scores arriving from frees.
Bob Purcell and William Barry also contributed on the scoresheet but after the brace of early goals from the Cork boys, they were fighting a losing battle.
Defensively, little fault could be found with the winners who had Conor Bowen and Stephen Brady marshalling the forces with plenty of efficiency.
Allowances had to be made for the dreadful conditions and when the teams resumed for the second-half a fracas broke out with a number of players involved.
As a result, there were four bookings and one Doon player being dismissed.
However, things quickly calmed down again and, for the most part, the closing 25 minutes or so were fairly mundane.
Both sides managed just four points apiece in that time and the Cork boys shot some poor wides as well.
Dale Tynan and Ross Stanton got on the board for them as the game drifted to its inevitable conclusion.
In the end, it was a case of getting the job done for the Northside school and there will be delight that they have managed to extend their campaign into the new year.
In the other group game, Thurles CBS defeated Nenagh CBS on a scoreline of 2-13 to 2-11.
Scorers AG: S O’Regan 2-5 (0-3f), D Connery 0-5, E Murphy 1-1, R Stanton. D Tynan 0-1 each.
Doon: R Relihan 0-6 f, B Purcell 0-2, W Barry 0-2.
GAELCOLÁISTE AG: S O’Meara (Na Piarsaigh); A Ó Murchú (Teampall Gael), S O’Brádaigh (Na Piarsaigh), C O’hArgáin (Glen Rovers); G Ó hEalaithe (Na Piarsaigh), J Ó Muireasa (Na Piarsaigh), D Ó Teimhneain (Glen Rovers); C Ó Buacháin (Na Piarsaigh), L Ó Riain (Inniscarra); R Ó Standún (Na Piarsaigh), D Ó Conaire (Na Piarsaigh), S Busteed (Glen Rovers); A Ó hUighinn (Na Piarsaigh), S Ó Riagáin (Watergrasshill), E Ó Murchú (Glen Rovers).
Subs: E Ó Gealbháin, C Ó Muimhneacháin, S Ó Coileáin for E O’Murchú, Ó Riain and Teimhneáin (all second-half).