Battling High School earn a share of the spoils on Harty Cup debut

Harty Cup colleges hurling

Harty Cup colleges hurling

CBS High School, Clonmel 0-13

St. Colman’s College, Fermoy 0-13

Harty Cup debutants Clonmel High School took a share of the points against traditional Harty stalwarts St Colman’s College in Mitchelstown last Wednesday. St. Colman’s were dominant in the first quarter but for the remainder of the game the Clonmel boys matched them in all sectors of the field. Neither side succeeded in scoring a goal but most of the clear-cut goal chances fell to the High School. The result was a very positive one for the High School in their first match at this level. The players are on an upward learning curve and they will be a lot more confident and cuter in their next outing.

Wing-forward Conor Gleeson scored the first point of the match from a free. St Colman’s replied with five unanswered points, all of which were classy. The High School nerves settled and the players competed hard. This high workrate earned frees and Conor Gleeson was well up to the task, converting three more in the opening half. In the second quarter Conor Arrigan and Alec Owens scored a point each from play. St Colman’s led by a mere two points at the halfway mark. The High School had recovered strongly from a shaky start and they were challenging strongly.

The Clonmel team continued to harry and hassle, to hook and block their opponents in possession and they were awarded more frees. Clonmel outscored their opponents by two points in the second half. Free-taker Conor Gleeson, striking the placed balls with great assurance, added five more points in the second half.

In the final quarter Ross Mulcahy calmly and with the minimum of fuss slotted two more points over the bar to earn the draw. In the second half the forwards won more possession and created more scoring opportunities with Tomas Cooney, Ross Peters and Christy Walsh all much more involved. Conor Arrigan did very well to get into the clear twice in possession and was very unlucky not to score a goal. Tadhg Lonergan did extremely well in blocking a powerful shot form close range in the final quarter. Full-back Sean Nagle also played a large part in keeping St Colman’s goalless. Team captain Tom Kirwan and Dermot Ryan were both powerhouses in the centre of the park.

The High School will play their next match against Castletroy College next Wednesday, 17th October.

High School Clonmel: T Lonergan, M Meagher, S Nagle, R Gunne, K Guiry, T Kirwan (captain), L Ryan, D Ryan, A Owens (0-1), C Gleeson (0-9 frees), R Mulcahy (0-2), T Cooney, R Peters, C Walsh, C Arrigan (0-1).

Sub used: D Roberts. Subs: M Boland, E Walsh, P Morrissey, S Lonergan, M Hogan, G Hearn, K Peters, Sean Ryan, Stephen Ryan, P White, R Lyons, P Maher, E Kehoe.