The action moves up a notch in the Harty Cup this week as the Quarter-Final knock out stages have been reached with plenty of action also down for decision this Wednesday, January 11th. From a Tipperary perspective the tie of the round will be in the Ragg at 1.30pm where Our Lady’s Templemore take on Thurles C.B.S. in a local derby.
It was in 2008 when the schools last met at this stage when a replay was required to separate the sides with Thurles eventually coming out on top. That same year Thurles progressed to the final but lost to De la Salle before going on to lift the title the following year in Nenagh. Keeping a close watch on proceedings here will be John McCormack (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams).
The other Tipperary school in action is Nenagh C.B.S. who will meet De la Salle College in Leahy Park, Cashel also at 1.30pm in what is a repeat of last year’s pairing. Unfortunately for Nenagh the result didn’t go their way last year and they will certainly be hoping to go one better this year though they still know a huge task awaits them in Cashel if they are to progress. Whatever the outcome, the semi-final won’t be too simple either as the winners meet the victors of Our Lady’s and Thurles CBS. The man in the middle here will be Damien Fox (Clare).
The other two fixtures see Ardscoil Ris, Limerick meet CBS Midleton in Bansha with Fergal Horgan (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams).in charge while Christian Brothers College, Cork meet Coláiste Cholmáin, Fermoy in Blackrock in the other match with Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork) officiating.
Extra time will be played in all games if necessary.