Thurles CBS captain Philip Hayes pictured accepting the Rice Cup following the Tipperary school's 1-13 to 1-9 All-Ireland under-14A hurling championship final win over Árdscoil Rís.
Thurles CBS successfully defended their Rice Cup title and duly landed the school’s 15th All-Ireland under-14A post-primary schools hurling championship at Seán Treacy Park (Tipperary Town) thanks to an extraordinary display of raw grit on Friday afternoon.
Rice Cup Final - All-Ireland Under-14A
Post-primary Schools Hurling Championship
Thurles CBS 1-13 Árdscoil Rís, Limerick 1-9
Thurles CBS were the more accomplished hurling outfit in this contest, but trailed Árdscoil Rís from the first minute until a Tommy Maher strike in the 23rd minute of the second half helped his side into the lead for the first time.
The Thurles CBS side dominated, but encountered the extraordinary Eoin Deegan in the Árdscoil Rís goal - the Cratloe youngster made a whole series of brilliant saves.
Thurles CBS could have been forgiven for throwing in the towel given the excellence of Eoin Deegan, but the Thurles CBS lads refused to give in and in a terrific display of raw grit the Tipperary outfit, ultimately, ground down the stout resistance of Árdscoil Rís.
Ciarán Woodlock, Conor Wall, Philip Hayes, David Sherman, Liam O’Meara, Stephen Walsh, Seán Ryan and Joe Maher were terrific for Thurles CBS.
The Thurles CBS team was managed by Kevin McNamara, David Butler, Dáire Quinn and Niall Cahill.
See below for a video of Thurles CBS captain Philip Hayes collecting the Rice Cup following the Tipperary school's 1-13 to 1-9 All-Ireland under-14A post-primary schools hurling championship final win over Árdscoil Rís (Limerick) at Seán Treacy Park in Tipperary Town on Friday afternoon.
A Shane O’Brien goal inside the opening minute helped Árdscoil Rís into a significant lead before a Niall O’Farrell free extended his side’s lead to four points.
Thurles CBS, however, rallied well with successive points from Seán Ryan (two) and David Sherman (’65) to leave one between them with twelve minutes played.
Thurles CBS’ first goal-scoring opportunity materialised in the 13th minute when Eoin Deegan denied the raiding Joe Maher following good work from Seán Ryan. Seven minutes later Deegan saved once more - this time Maher set up a Stephen Walsh strike.
The sides were level in the 21st minute when Tadhg Gould created a shooting opportunity for Seán Ryan and he landed a cracker off his left (0-4 to 1-1).
Árdscoil Rís got their noses back in front thanks to a Niall O’Farrell point from play while Joe Maher found the side netting following another assist from the creative Stephen Walsh. The 25th minute saw Eoin Deegan save, once more, from Jimmy Lahart. Indeed, the Thurles CBS lads must have been wondering what it was going to take to beat the Árdscoil Rís ‘keeper.
The sides were tied in the 25th minute when Joe Maher fired over a cracker, but Árdscoil Rís enjoyed a narrow interval lead (1-3 to 0-5) thanks to another Niall O’Farrell strike.
It is worth noting that in first half injury time Joe Maher flashed another Thurles CBS goal-scoring opportunity narrowly wide.
A Niall O’Farrell free forced Árdscoil Rís two clear immediately after the break, but Thurles CBS hit back through Stephen Walsh and Jimmy Lahart to tie the game. Two Shane O’Brien strikes from play forced Árdscoil Rís into a two-point lead before a Niall O’Farrell free made it three eight minutes into the second half (1-7 to 0-7).
Eoin Deegan had conjured a brilliant save from Joe Maher during this period and although it was starting to look like Árdscoil Rís’ day the Thurles CBS lads refused to give in. Indeed, Seán Ryan created another shooting opportunity for Joe Maher in the 11th minute of the second half and although it looked as if the Moycarkey-Borris’ man blistering shot was heading for the bottom right-hand corner like a furious harpoon Eoin Deegan dived full-length across his goal to somehow effect yet another save.
Thurles CBS reeled Árdscoil Rís in with a brace of points from Joe Egan before ‘keeper Eoin Deegan saved once more, this time in quick succession from Joe Maher and Joe Egan with sixteen minutes of the second half elapsed; this time Deegan was lying on the ground when he managed to stop Egan’s follow-up effort.
A monster free from the wind-assisted Niall O’Farrell left two between them before Joe Maher set up Joe Egan for the wing-forward’s third point from play.
Although Thurles now trailed by a point there was every hope of the CBS lads rescuing the situation since the defence led by team captain Philip Hayes was utterly dominant despite playing into the breeze.
And, Thurles CBS were finally rewarded for their determination twenty-three minutes into the second half when substitute Tommy Maher buried the match-clinching goal - Eoin Deegan had saved from Maher at the expense of a ’65, but when David Sherman’s subsequent delivery dropped short and broke the Durlas Óg man made no mistake from close range (1-10 to 1-8).
A minute later Árdscoil Rís ‘keeper Eoin Deegan denied Maher a second goal with another fine save, but Thurles CBS added points through Danny Rossiter, Tommy Maher (free) and Seán Ryan to seal the win.
Pictured above is the Thurles CBS panel of players at Seán Treacy Park on Friday.
Thurles CBS: Aidan Butler (Durlas Óg), Jim Ryan (Holycross-Ballycahill), Ciarán Woodlock (Durlas Óg), Darragh Minogue (Durlas Óg), Conor Wall (Durlas Óg), David Sherman (Galmoy, 0-1, 0-1 ‘65s), Philip Hayes (Durlas Óg, captain), Tadhg Gould (Holycross-Ballycahill), Liam O’Meara (Moycarkey-Borris), Joe Egan (Moycarkey-Borris, 0-3), Seán Ryan (Upperchurch-Drombane, 0-4), Stephen Walsh (Moycarkey-Borris, 0-1), Danny Rossiter (Durlas Óg, 0-1), Joe Maher (Moycarkey-Borris, 0-1), Jimmy Lahart (Holycross-Ballycahill, 0-1). Subs: Tommy Maher (Durlas Óg, 1-1, 0-1 frees) for Jimmy Lahart.
Panel members: Tristan McCormack (Moycarkey-Borris), James Ayilaran (Durlas Óg), Darragh Fitzpatrick (Drom & Inch), Fiachra O’Gorman (Durlas Óg), Andrew O’Reilly (Loughmore-Castleiney), Philip O’Connell (Loughmore-Castleiney), Kevin O’Halloran (Moycarkey-Borris), Paul McCahey (Loughmore-Castleiney), Cormac Quirke (Clonoulty-Rossmore), Robbie Stapleton (Durlas Óg), Michael Griffin (Upperchurch-Drombane), Eoin O’Connell (Loughmore-Castleiney), Emmet Ralph (Durlas Óg), Oisín Dwan (Boherlahan-Dualla), Alex Moloney (Durlas Óg), Eoin Horgan (Knockavilla Kickhams), Ryan Egan (Loughmore-Castleiney), Aaron Lee (Roscrea), Jack Fahey (Moycarkey-Borris), Aidan Stakelum (Durlas Óg), Charlie Cummins (Killenaule), Corey Moore (Durlas Óg), Liam Doyle (Holycross-Ballycahill), Luke Ryan (Moycarkey-Borris), Eoin Stakelum (Durlas Óg), Finbarr Ryan (Clonoulty-Rossmore), Jack Allen (Holycross-Ballycahill), James Mockler (Durlas Óg), Oliver Bradish (JK Bracken’s), Paul Noonan (Durlas Óg), Rory Fleming (Holycross-Ballycahill), Ryan Leahy (Moycarkey-Borris), Seán Flanagan (Moycarkey-Borris), Keelan Ryan-Quirke (Clonoulty-Rossmore), John Trainor (Boherlahan-Dualla), Oisín Martin (Moycarkey-Borris), Matt Byrne (Durlas Óg), Brian Campion (Moyne-Templetuohy) and Neil Maxwell (Moycarkey-Borris).
Árdscoil Rís, Limerick: Eoin Deegan, Cormac Benson, Jack Golden, Samuel Sheehy, David Guilfoyle, Vince Harrington, Oisín O’Farrell, Wayne Kearns, Niall O’Farrell (0-6, 0-4 frees), Brian O’Keeffe, Shane Gleeson, Jim Beary, Shane O’Brien (1-3), Michael Gavin, Sam Hickey. Subs: Jack McMahon for Jim Beary, Denis Fahy for Brian O’Keeffe.
Referee: Dave Farrell.
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