Dr Harty Cup Preview: Ardscoil Ris v Thurles CBS – Wednesday 26.01.11

Ard Scoil Ris 1-19 1-10 Thurles CBS Result

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The most eagerly awaited clash of this seasons Dr Harty Cup quarter-finals takes place this afternoon, as Thurles CBS and Ardscoil Ris meet in a rematch of last year’s final.

The Limerick side eventually took the title but it took three attempts to overcome their Tipperary opponents in an epic final series. Ardscoil, who were winning their first title, went on to the All Ireland final, were they were defeated by St Kieran’s, Kilkenny.

2009 Harty and All-Ireland champions Thurles CBS have four of last year’s team still in their side, including Aidan McCormack and Michael O’Brien who reached the Munster club final with Thurles Sarsfields. Manager Eamonn Buckley believes that the loss of last year’s final will help motivate his side in 2011.losing the final will serve as motivation.

While his side suffered a heavy defeat against St Flannan’s in the group stages Buckley is hoping it will stand to them in today match:

“We’d be hopeful we can do ourselves justice and get revenge for last year. St Flannan’s gave us a 10-point trimming -we learnt a lot more that day than we would have learned if we had won. We played well in the second half against Blackwater to get through and we’d be hoping that that has brought us on an awful lot. Ardscoil will be favourites with so many of last year’s team back, but we have faith in our lads. They’re young, but they’re good hurlers.

“The four lads should be anyway, and then the rest of the lads should have a clean slate, they’d have no baggage and no fear of Ardscoil Ris. They should have won the All-Ireland last year in my eyes, but hopefully our lads will go out without any fear.”

Ardscoil manager Derek Larkin has eight of last year’s side to call on including the likes of Limerick minors John Fitzgibbon, Shane Dowling, Mark Carmody and Clare’s Jamie Shanahan. Larkin is refusing to look beyond the quarter-final stage:

“Last year will certainly stand to us. It was all new to us, we’d been in a couple of semi-finals, but that was our first final. We’re no more experienced than Thurles are and judging by last year’s finals there is very little between the sides. We certainly feel that we had an opportunity to win the All-Ireland last year, but it’s a different team, a different set up this year. You wouldn’t look beyond this match. We have a hugely tough draw.”


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