Thurles CBS prepare to face St Kieran's in All-Ireland junior colleges hurling final

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Thurles CBS prepare to face St Kieran's in All-Ireland junior colleges hurling final

Thurles CBS joint-captains Jack Lanigan and Darren Flood pictured collecting the Dean Ryan Cup from John Brennan (Munster Post Primary Schools) following their 3-15 to 2-15 Munster final win.

On Saturday, December 2nd Thurles CBS will face St Kieran's in the final of the Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Junior A Hurling Championship (under-16.5A) - the famed hurling nurseries will compete for the Niall McInerney Cup at The Ragg (throw-in 2pm).

To reach this stage of the competition St Kieran's College, Kilkenny won the Leinster provincial championship before beating Gort in the semi-finals on November 18th - Thurles CBS, who won the Dean Ryan Cup (Munster under-16.5A hurling colleges championship) on November 8th received a bye in the last four.

In an extraordinary display of raw grit CBS Thurles stormed back from seven points down to beat Midleton CBS in the Dean Ryan Cup final (3-15 to 2-15).

Entering the final quarter of this thrilling decider Thurles CBS found themselves in a very deep hole. Although Thurles CBS trailed by two points at the break they fought back to take the lead (1-8 to 0-10), but then shipped 2-3 in eight minutes. Indeed, by the 45th minute a highly-talented Midleton CBS team had streaked into a seven-point lead (2-13 to 1-9). And, to complicate matters Thurles CBS had also been reduced to fourteen men as early as the 42nd minute.

The Tipperary lads, however, made little of the circumstances that they found themselves in and managed to out-score their Cork counter-parts 2-6 to 0-2 during an extraordinary conclusion to this contest. Indeed, this victory, the school’s 13th Dean Ryan Cup title in all, may go down as one of the sweetest won in the storied history of Thurles CBS.

CBS Thurles previously won the Dean Ryan Cup in 1936, 1939, 1945, 1947, 1950, 1952, 1955, 1956, 1960, 1965, 1992 & 2010). And, this season’s CBS Thurles team was managed by John Stokes, Micheál Butler, Stephen Maher and Pa Dunne.

The Thurles CBS team in the Munster final read as follows: Jason O’Dwyer (Clonoulty-Rossmore), AJ Shanahan (Upperchurch-Drombane), Conor Stapleton (Durlas Óg), Martin Paul O’Dwyer (Boherlahan-Dualla), Edmond Connolly (Loughmore-Castleiney), Kevin Hayes (Moycarkey-Borris), Kieran Costello (Durlas Óg), Eoin Purcell (Durlas Óg), Ryan Walsh (Fethard), Devon Ryan (Knockavilla Kickhams), Jack Lanigan (Durlas Óg), Chris Munroe (Thurles Gaels), Paddy Creedon (Durlas Óg), Darren Flood (Moycarkey-Borris), Stephen Ferncombe (Clonoulty-Rossmore). Subs: Jack Leamy (Golden-Kilfeacle), Jack Lillis (Drom & Inch).

Thurles CBS Panel Members: Frank Hanafin (Holycross-Ballycahill), Liam McDonagh (Moycarkey-Borris), Darragh Stakelum (Durlas Óg), Patrick Purcell (Upperchurch-Drombane), David Fogarty (Holycross-Ballycahill), Jamie Lee Dwan (Holycross-Ballycahill), Ciarán Lloyd (Moyne-Templetuohy), Stephen Quinlan (Holycross-Ballycahill), Kyle Ryan (Moycarkey-Borris), Luke Shanahan (Upperchurch-Drombane), Conor Fogarty (Durlas Óg), Tommy Ryan (Clonoulty-Rossmore), Sam Quinlan (Holycross-Ballycahill), Oisín O’Brien (Durlas Óg), Ben Hennessy (Holycross-Ballycahill), Tom McGrath (Holycross-Ballycahill), Joseph Brooks (Roscrea), Darragh McCahey (Loughmore-Castleiney), Martin Bergin (JK Bracken’s), Mark Stakelum (Killenaule), Aaron Kennedy (Clonoulty-Rossmore), Gavin Moriarty (Emeralds), Barry Ryan (Moyne-Templetuohy), Jack Morrissey (Moycarkey-Borris), Odhran Moloney (Galmoy), James Armstrong (Durlas Óg), Robert Doyle (Clonoulty-Rossmore), Cailin Byrne (Roscrea), Toby Lambe (Holycross-Ballycahill), Jack O’Dwyer (Loughmore-Castleiney) & Mathew Gleeson (Loughmore-Castleiney).

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