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Harty Cup Teams Must Do It All Again

"CBS reach for the sky"

In one of the most exciting hurling encounter this year,  over 3,000 spectators saw Thurles CBS and Ard Scoil Ris play out a cracking draw after extra time in the Dr. Harty Cup hurling final replay at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh, Co.Tipperary on Saturday afternoon last.

Thurles CBS captain Denis Maher’s goal in the first minute did not deter the sharpness of Ard Scoil Ris who dominated the first 20 minutes and raced to a 1-8 to 1-2 lead. Thurles CBS however were soon to respond with four unanswered points coming up to the interval which saw Ard Scoil Ris lead by 1-9 to 1-6.

"A clash with the ash"

In the second half, substitute Kevin Slattery of Thurles CBS drew the sides level with a goal after 33 minutes. Thurles took the lead in the 53rd minute with a long range free taken by Pat Ralph which ended up in the net.  Despite 14 men, with Cathal McInerney sent off, Ard Scoil Ris managed to equalise.
Final score after normal time saw Thurles CBS 3-10 – Ard Scoil Ris 1-16.

Dramatic extra time was now to follow and back up to 15 men, Ard Scoil Ris took the lead again with a goal from Declan Hannon. Denis Maher’s penalty however also found the net, leaving Ard Scoil Ris leading by two points, 2-20 to CBS Thurles 4-12, at the half-time mark in extra time.
Thurles CBS scored the first three points in the second half of extra time, but a long range point from Ard Scoil Ris’s Declan Hannon ensured no winner on the day.

Final Score: Thurles CBS 4-15  – Ard Scoil Ris 2-21.

Pictures courtesy John O’Loughlin.

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