CHRISTIANS are back in the Dr Harty Cup final 12 months after losing to Midleton CBS.
The two sides collided again last Saturday at Páirc Uí Rinn but this time the result was reversed with the honours going to the city school thus ending Midleton’s reign as champions.
The city school will now face St Flannan’s from Clare in the decider next month.
Only the bare minimum separated the sides at the end but CBC team boss and Glen Rovers club man Tony Wall felt his team just about deserved their victory.
“I think the difference this year was that we got the goals we didn’t get last year. We won the goal battle this year, Midleton won it last year and ultimately that was the difference.
“I thought that our backs were brilliant for us and they have been all year.
“Last year we got to the final for the first time in 101 years. We said we would try and leave the 100 out this time and get back there.”
Among those that featured were Ballinora club man Shane Kingston, the Glen’s Eoin O’Leary and Eoin Downey, the younger brother of Cork senior Robert, and Ballincollig’s James Dwyer, highlighting the spread of hurlers in their squad.
One of the stars of the CBC victory though was St Finbarr’s Jack Cahalane with a return of 1-8, something that Wall acknowledged.
“Jack Cahalane was a big player. Big players come good at big times and when you are struggling and under the cosh, Jack steps up from 30 yards and he burst through and he had only one thing on his mind for his goal.
“Midleton definitely got the upper hand a bit in the second half but they are probably regretting a lot of wides.
“But I felt we had a lot of wides as well. We have been very clinical up to now in all our games but today the radar was a bit off and maybe there was a bit of nerves or tension.
“We are extremely young but sometimes youth has no fear. These fellas are just taking every game as it comes and we are concentrating on performance.
“Luckily so far, all the results have gone our way. We had seven U17s and two U16s.”