Harty Cup Final Success for Midleton C.B.S.

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This all Cork “Harty Cup Final” produced a wonderful contest as it certainly lived up to is pre match billing with Midleton CBS defeating CBC to win this prestigious competition for a 4 time.

A huge crowd of  7,039 were treated to some excellent hurling on a perfect surface in Pairc Uí Rinn on Saturday afternoon as both sides went for glory right from the off. Midleton CBS who were last year’s defeated finalist, certainly learned from that defeat and on this occasion they were up for the contest right from the off.

A superb goal from Jason Hankard got them off to a flying start but as the game wore on CBC began to claw their way back into contention with Padraig Power doing well from free’s. An exciting opening quarter concluded with CBC in front by 0-7 to 1-2 as they were now up to the pace of the game with Shane Barrett and Declan Hanlon also in on the scoring action..

By half time the game was still finely balanced with Midleton finishing the half strongly with Cathal Hickey pointing from play, while midfielder Ryan McCarthy shot over four points to just three in reply from CBC as the sides went to the interval level once more, 1-6 to Midleton to 0-9 for CBC.

Midleton had a slight breeze at their backs in the second half but it was CBC that started the better as Padraig Power slotted two free’s. The reply from Midleton was positive with Ross O’Regan and Ryan McCarthy drawing the sides level once more. It took a superb Jack McGann save to deny CBC a goal and with the 65 going wide. It was Midleton that won the puckout and went in front with Ryan McCarthy slotting another free. However, entering the final quarter it was all still to play for with Midleton on 1-10 to 0-13 for CBC.

Midleton were beginning to get on top with their half back line and full back line getting to grips with a physically strong CBC attack. Midfielders Ryan McCarthy and Sam Quirke were very busy along with a roving Kian Farmer as Midleton took control. Their shooting let them down and five wides in succession did little to calm the nerves. The break they wanted came in the 52nd minute with Joe Stack taking on the defence and his well struck first attempt was saved by Cian Long, but Stack following up finished to the net to put Midleton back in front. Now having something to hold onto Midleton began to fight for every ball as if their lives depended on it and while Padraig Power did slot over a point for CBC, he also missed a crucial one as well. The Midleton defence superbly led by Jack McGann in goal and with Dylan Hogan, Ciaran Joyce, Dylan Healy and Cormac O’Brien all hooking and blocking superbly, the goal CBC needed to get back in front never came. In contrast Midleton worked the ball upfield with purpose and earned two really valuable free’s. Ross O’Regan took responsibility and slotted both with aplomb as Midleton had one hand on the trophy.

Sensing that victory was within their grasp Midleton to a man worked their socks off and when referee Johnny Murphy blew the final whistle the celebrations began in earnest as the bad taste of last year’s defeat was banished from the memory. Spare a thought for CBC as they contributed handsomely to this contest and they could yet have a big say in the destination of All Ireland honours. Padraig Power, Iarlaith Daly, Niall Hartnett and Jack Calahane stood out for them on a day where failure to find the net cost them dearly. They had chances but a mixture of poor finishing and superb defending kept them out as this all Cork decider produced a superb contest.

Midleton won because the early goal settled them and the second one brought the finishing line in sight. As well as that Jack McGann in goal handled superbly and that in turn inspired those in front of them to greater heights as they kept CBC goal less over the hour. It was good honest effort from both sides with each team getting 14 scores. However, the goals were the key for Midleton who saw Dylan Hogan become the 4th Midleton CBS captain to claim the Harty Cup.
Scorers for Midleton CBS: R McCarthy (06, 0-5 frees, 0-1 ‘65); R O’Regan (0-4, 0-2 frees); J Stack (1-1); J Hankard (1-0); C Hickey (0-1 each).

Scorers for CBC: P Power (0-10, 0-8 frees, 0-1 ‘65); D Hanlon (0-2); S Barrett, O’McCarthy (0-1 each).

Midleton CBS:
J McGann (Kiltha Óg);
D Moran (Kiltha Óg),
D Hogan (Killeagh),
C O’Brien (Midleton);
R Landers (Killeagh),
C Joyce (Kiltha Óg),
D Healy (Kiltha Óg);
S Quirke (Midleton),
R McCarthy (Killeagh);
C Hickey (Lisgoold),
G Carroll (Midleton),
R O’Regan (Midleton);
J Hankard (Fr O’Neill’s),
J Stack (Kiltha Óg),
K Farmer (Midleton).

Subs:

O’Broderick (Killeagh) for Landers (35 mins);
A Nganou for Quirke (50);
P Hassett (FrO’Neill’s) for Hickey (59).

CBC:
C Long (GlenRovers);
D Barry (Sarsfields),
P Hennessy (Mallow),
C O’Donovan (Douglas);
C Daly (Lismore),
I Daly (Lismore),
G Mulcahy (Glen Rovers);
D Hanlon (Blarney),
K Finn (Midleton);
O’McCarty (Inniscarra),
N Hartnett (Douglas),
S Barrett (Blarney);
J Cahalane (St Finbarr’s),
J O’Kelly (St Finbarr’s),
P Power (Blarney).

Subs:

J Scally (Bishopstown) for McCarthy (50);
R Cotter (Blackrock) for O’Kelly (59).

Referee:
J Murphy (Limerick).

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