Doon produce the required big victory to end St Flannan's hopes
COLLEGES GAA: DR HARTY CUPDoon CBS produced an incredible performance to eliminate record winners St Flannan’s College from the Dr Harty Cup yesterday.
Going into the final round of fixtures in Group D, Doon had four points compared to six for Flannan’s and holders Coláiste na nDéise of Dungarvan, who had played their four games. While head-to-head records are used as a first tie-breaker, a Doon win was going to leave the three teams with one win and one defeat against each other, meaning scoring difference would be employed.
Prior to yesterday’s game at the Gaelic Grounds, Dungarvan’s difference was 47, St Flannan’s’ was 30 and Doon’s was nine, meaning an 11-point win was required but in the end Doon won by 14, 3-19 to 0-14.
Dean Coleman and Darragh O’Donovan each scored five points for Doon, with Pat Ryan getting 1-2 and Kevin Stapleton 1-1, Raymond Ryan getting the other goal. Bobby Duggan scored eight points for Flannan’s while David Conroy notched four points.
In the group’s other game, St Caimin’s CS enjoyed a 1-18 to 1-9 win against Gaelcholáiste Mhuire AG. Conor Deasy enjoyed a superb game for the Shannon school, scoring 1-4 from play.
In Group A, Ardscoil Rís ensured their qualification for the quarter-finals with a 1-10 to 1-9 win over De La Salle Waterford. Cian O’Brien scored 1-3 for the Limerick school, and while De La Salle can still qualify, they must avoid defeat against Castletroy e next week.
Castletroy were 2-11 to 2-7 winners against St Colman’s, Mikey Breen and Simon Griffin got a goal each while Tom Morrissey scored five points.
Group B finished with Our Lady’s Templemore taking top spot ahead of Blackwater CS – who had already qualified – after they beat Abbey CBS by 1-12 to 0-7, John McGrath scoring seven points while John Joe Ryan got the goal. Charleville CBS recorded a 3-11 to 0-12 win over West Limerick Schools.
Aidan Ryan scored the vital goal as Thurles CBS topped Group C with a 100 per cent record after beating Coláiste Chríost Rí 1-11 to 0-13.
Second spot in the group will be decided by next week’s game between Midleton CBS and Nenagh CBS. Midleton defeated Bandon High School 1-10 to 1-7 (Joe Mellerick scored 1-3) to move on to four points.