St.Flannan's and Midleton sound warnings with emphatic wins
By Brendan Larkin
Thursday, November 18, 2010
ALREADY assured of their places in the knockout stages of the Dr Harty Cup after Christmas, St Flannan's, Our Ladys and Midleton CBS didn't spare their opponents in their final game in the round robin series yesterday.
Between them they amassed 17 goals and 63 points as DLS Waterford, Coláiste Chríost Rí and Kerry Colleges felt the full force of their opponents.
The results mean that three schools from Tipperary and Cork, along with one from Limerick and Clare will be in the hat for the quarter-final draws.
How the mighty have fallen. Back to back winners in 2007 and 2008, DLS Waterford were crushed by St Flannan's on a 5-25 to 2-6 scoreline, and as a result the Ennis College have made themselves favourites to lift their first title since 2005.
There was never a hint of an upset as Flannan's held all the aces from start to finish.
Likewise the game between Our Lady's Templemore and Críost Rí was a non event as the North Tipp school went on a scoring spree and won 5-21 to 0-9.
Despite having no chance of qualifying, the Cork school battled hard but the loss of Paul Fitzgerald through injury didn't help their cause one bit.
Kerry Colleges felt the full force of Midleton CBS and were never in the hunt despite the best effort of Padraig Boyle, who continues to show his prowess as a hurler with the Kingdom.
The East Cork school won 7-17 to 2-3 with David Morrissey scoring an impressive tally of 4-4.
On the evidence of display, Midleton could have a say in the destination of the title in the new year.
Those three one-sided games may force the organisers to have a rethink on the format of the Harty Cup for the 2011/12 season