Masita GAA Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Senior A Hurling) Quarter-Final

• Odhran Mac Gearailt Colaiste Eoin and Cormac O’Brien Midleton CBS in the Masita GAA Post Primary Schools Croke Cup Senior A Hurling quarterfinal

Midleton CBS 1-14
Colaiste Eoin Stillorgan 1-12

Daylight robbery was played out on the hallowed turf of Nowlan Park last Wednesday where Midleton CBS literally stole the result from the grasp of a never say die Colaiste Eoin side when tall Jason Hankard got onto a beautifully cut Ryan McCarthy sideline and flicked the ball to the net for the all-important score. The Harty Cup winners were pushed all the way by the Dublin based Gaelscoil who had their defence tested on numerous occasions. Despite being without the injured Joe Stack, Midleton CBS’s Ryan McCarthy led the Midleton attack and finished the game with ten points to his credit.

Hankard opened the scoring after 30 seconds with a great point and it took another five minutes for Colaiste Eoin to score when Padraig Puirséil raised a white flag. Sam Quirke Midleton CBS and Donal Mac Duinnsléibhe traded points as did Ross O’Regan Midleton CBS and Séamus Ó Fiachna. It was nip and tuck during the middle section of the opening half with both defences under pressure and with very tight marking, scores were going to be scarce. Both sides traded white flags but the score of the half came from McCarthy when he split the Colaiste Eoin’s posts with a beautiful sideline cut, much to the applause from both sets of supporters. That point left the East Cork school two points to the good at the break, 0-8 to 0-6.

Daragh Mac Giolla Bhríde reduced the Midleton lead with a point a minute after the resumption but Ryan McCarthy put light between the sides when he pointed three frees and also converted a 65 in succession. These scores gave Midleton a five-point advantage inside the 40th minute. Padraig Ó Luanacháin converted a 65 for Colaiste Eoin and Odhrán Mac Gearailt got through following a great solo to raise his first white flag of the day. Again Ryan McCarthy, who was unerring from placed balls, struck two great points, the first all of 80 metres. Midleton CBS should have been on the way home with the spoils as you would bank on Arthur Nganoe goaling from close range only to see his shot being deflected from the Colaiste Eoin crossbar. This was a let off and Colaiste Eoin upped the ante and produced two points to reduce the margin. The game was turned on its head when Séamus Ó Fiachna got through and billowed the Midleton net to level the game as we entered added time. Pádhraic O’Luuneacháin added a further point to put them one ahead but the game is not over until it is over and Midleton CBS tried one last time – a sideline cut from the Paddy Grace Stand side into the O’Loughlin Gael goal floated perfectly for Hankard who deftly flicked the ball into the net for the all-important goal. Five minuted into added time, referee David Hughes blew on the puckout...
W Next for Midleton CBS is a semi-final meeting with Presentation College Athenry on March 18th at a venue to be decided.

Darragh Moran Midleton CBS and Donal Mac Duinnsleibhe Colaiste Eoin

Scores Midleton CBS:

R McCarthy 0-10, (0-6f, 0-2 s/l, 0-1 65); J Hankard 1-1; R O’Regan 0-2; S Quirke 0-1.

Scores Coláiste Eoin:

S Ó Fiachna 1-3, (0- 2 frees); P Ó Luanacháin 0-4, (0-2 65s); D Mac Duinnsléibhe 0-2; D Mac Giolla Bhríde, P Puirséil, O’Mac Gearailt 0-1 each


J McGann;
C O’Brien,
D Hogan,
D Healy;
P Hassett,
C Joyce,
D Moran;
R McCarthy,
S Quirke;
C Hickey,
R O’Regan,
G Carroll;
K Farmer,
A Nganoe,
J Hankard.

O’Broderick for Carroll (40),
S Walsh for Hickey (55)


B ó hEidhin;
B Mac Síthigh,
F Ó Murchú,
E Ó Ceallacháin;
T Stakelum,
S Ó Cinseallaigh,
C Ó Cathasaigh;
I Ó hEithir,
C Ó Tuathail;
S Ó Fiachna,
D Mac Duinnsléibhe,
P Ó Luineacháin;
P Puirséil,
D Mac Giolla Bhríde,
T Ó hEachtigheirn.


O’Mac Gearailt for Ó Tuathail (half-time),
R Ó Maoileoin for Mac Giolla Bhríde (42),
S Ó Cuanaigh for Stakelum (53).

Referee: David Hughes (Carlow)