Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy defeated Thurles CBS by 2-12 to 1-13 in the Dean Ryan Cup Hurling Final Replay on Saturday November 19th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.
Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 2-12 Thurles CBS 1-13
Round-up by Ed Donnelly
Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy are the 2016 Dean Ryan Cup (Under 16.5 A Hurling) Champions after a hard earned 2-12 to 1-13 victory over Thurles CBS in this replayed final. Played in bitterly cold conditions, Fermoy got off to the better start in a somewhat low-key first half and led by 0-4 to 0-2 after a first quarter where scoring chances were at a premium. Thurles CBS improved their shooting accuracy in the second quarter and reeled off six points without reply to race in to a 0-8 to 0-4 lead approaching half-time before a late Colmans point left three in it at the break, 0-8 to 0-5.
Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy began the second half intent on reducing the deficit but were wayward in front of goal as Thurles converted two early chances to stretch their lead out to five points, 0-10 to 0-5 after 7 minutes of the second half. Eventually though, the more direct play of the Fermoy side began to pay dividends, scoring three unanswered points followed by an excellent Brian Roche goal to the top corner of the net in the 45th minute to give Colmans a 1-8 to 0-10 advantage. The Fermoy side added on another point in the 47th minute to round off a 1-4 to 0-0 spurt and they looked set for victory.
Thurles CBS to their credit fought their way back in to the game and thanks to the accuracy of Darren Flood, scored the next three points to take the lead heading in to the last five minutes of normal time. The game was now at fever pitch with both teams fighting tooth and nail for every ball. St.Colmans managed to equalise in the 56th minute before a minute of mayhem.
Firstly, a speculative ball in to the St. Colmans goalmouth was not dealt with and Thurles CBS midfielder Kieran Moloney was on hand to push the ball over the line from close range. Thurles did not have time to celebrate this score for long as from the puckout, St. Colmans worked the ball in to a scoring position for substitute Patrick O’Flynn to set up fellow substitute Dylan O’Connor for a goal and the sides were level once again.
The next score would be crucial and it arrived in the 60th minute as St. Colmans added a point from Eoin Carey. Thurles tried as best they could to find an equaliser but the Colmans defence stood firm and the insurance point by James Kearney for Colmans was added just as the last of the three minutes additional time elapsed to round off a two point victory for Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy.
Afterwards, Munster GAA Post Primary Schools Secretary Colm Hayes presented the Dean Ryan Cup to the Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy vice-captains (and twins) Brian and Eoin Roche from the Bride Rovers club to the delight of the large travelling contingent from the Cork school. Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy now join Thurles CBS and St. Flannans Ennis on top of the Dean Ryan Cup roll of honour, each having won 12 titles.
Scorers for St Colman’s: B Roche (1-2), E Carey (0-5, 0-3 frees), D O’Connor (1-0), C Ryan (0-3, 0-2 frees), J Kearney and C Barry (0-1 each).
Scorers for Thurles CBS: D Flood (0-9, 0-8 frees), K Moloney (1-0), M Hackett (0-2), K Ryan and J Lanigan (0-1 each).
ST COLMAN’S: B Hogan (Bride Rovers); L Aherne (Fermoy), J Scannell (Fermoy), J Mannix (Bride Rovers); D O’Leary (Watergrasshill), E Roche (Bride Rovers, vice-captain), J Kenny (Castlelyons); E Carey (Kilworth), B Roche (Bride Rovers, vice-captain); J Kearney (Castlelyons), C Ryan (Bride Rovers), J Molloy (Fermoy); C Barry (Bride Rovers), P O’Leary (Watergrasshill), D Morrison (Castlelyons).
Subs: D O’Connor (Castletownroche) for C Barry (43), P O’Flynn (Bride Rovers) for J Molloy (45), D O’Neill (Castletownroche) for D Morrison (59).
THURLES CBS: K Bracken (Durlas Óg); J Hickey (Emeralds), P Melbourne (Moycarkey-Borris), J Synott (Roscrea); K Hayes (Moycarkey-Borris), Z Johnson (Moycarkey-Borris), K Larkin (Moyne-Templetuohy); K Moloney (Durlas Óg), J Morrissey (Moycarkey-Borris); K Ryan (Upperchurch-Drombane), D Flood (Moycarkey-Borris), D Tynan (Roscrea); J Lanigan (Durlas Óg), P Doyle (Galmoy), M Hackett (Moycarkey-Borris).
Subs: E Purcell (Durlas Óg) for J Lanigan (43), J Kirwan (Moycarkey-Borris) for P Doyle (50).
Referee: D O’Callaghan (Limerick)
Dean Ryan Cup Roll of Honour
Saturday November 19th @ 2pm
Corn an Rianaigh Final Replay (16.5 A Hurling)
Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy V Thurles C.B.S. in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick
Referee: Donncha O Callaghan
Extra time if necessary
Dean Ryan Cup Hurling Final – Thurles CBS 3-13 Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 1-19 – Match Report
Students / OAPs: €3
The winners of this fixture will be scheduled to play the All Ireland Semi-Final versus Gort on the 26th of November 2016.
Paths to the Final
Wednesday 21st Sep 2016
Gaelcholáiste Mhuire Thuaigh 3-10 Scoil Na mBraithre` Rathluirc 1-6
CBS Midleton 4-15 Coláiste Iosaef, Kilmallock 0-6
Tuesday 27th Sep 2016
Thurles C.B.S. 2-13 Our Ladys Templemore 1-13 – Match Report / Photos
Wednesday 28th Sep 2016
Árdscoil Rís North Circular Limerick 2-15 Nenagh C.B.S. 1-12 – Match Report / Photos
Tuesday 4th Oct 2016
John The Baptist Community School 5-20 St. Flannans College Ennis 2-10 – Match Report / Photos
Wednesday 5th Oct 2016
Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 0-21 De La Salle College Waterford 1-15
Monday 10th Oct 2016
CBS Midleton 2-16 Árdscoil Rís North Circular Limerick 2-11
Friday 14th Oct 2016
Thurles C.B.S. 1-11 Gaelcholáiste Mhuire Thuaigh 0-9 – Match Report / Photos
Wednesday 19th Oct 2016
Saturday November 12th 2016
Thurles CBS 3-13 Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 1-19 – Match Report