Ardscoil reign supreme in Dean Ryan final

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Marc O'Brien and Patrick Kearney celebrate their team's victory in the Dean Ryan Cup.

LIMERICK’S Ardscoil Rís underlined their dominance on the colleges hurling front with a brilliant victory over Thurles CBS in yesterday’s Dean Ryan (under-16.5) Final at McDonagh Park, Nenagh. 

Representing a third win in the competition, the North Circular Road school – which has supplied captain Declan Hannon and so many others to the county’s four-time All-Ireland winning teams – were better than their opponents but eventually had to settle for a satisfactory 3-19 to 1-23 success. 

Niall Crowe’s team were ahead by six points at the interval, with Eoin Begley (Clonlara) having grabbed a pair of lovely goals.  On the restart, the lead was quickly extended when Adare’s Patrick Kearney fired home a wonderful third goal.

Dogged Thurles fought back but Ard Scoil, who were buoyed by incredible support (ferried to the venue by a dozen busses) held their opponents at bay. 

Begley (2-1) and Darragh Gleeson of Adare, with 0-7, joint top-scored for the champions, while Michael Collins (Clonlara) and Cillian Murphy (Sixmilebridge) both knocked over three points each. 

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In keeping with tradition, Ardscoil have joint captains, and good ones in that with James Coughlan of Ballybrown and Eoin Carey, Cratloe.

Ardscoil were previous champions in 2009 (joint-captains Hannon and Shane Dowling, who have both since entered hurling folklore), and more recently in ’16.