IF MIDLETON CBS are to secure honours on the national stage this season it will have to be with the school’s soccer team after the defeat yesterday of the hurlers in the All-Ireland Colleges semi-final.
They went down gallantly to last season’s beaten finalists Presentation College Athenry in very difficult conditions at Kilmallock on a scoreline or 1-12 to 2-6.
The Dr Harty Cup winners gave as good as they got over the hour but a stronger finish from the Connacht champions saw them edge over the line.
However, for a couple of members of the CBS team the opportunity to make amends will come quickly tomorrow afternoon when the school’s soccer team take on Caherdonagh CS from Donegal in the All-Ireland senior final at Home Farm in Dublin, 1 pm.
Joe Stack, who scored three fine points yesterday is a vital member of the soccer team while the team is captained by Arthur Nganou who was introduced as a sub yesterday.
Another player on duty tomorrow, Jamie O’Hanlon was on the bench yesterday.
Midleton CBS won the Munster title after defeating PBC and they subsequently defeated Wexford CBS in a penalty shootout in the All-Ireland semi-final.
Meanwhile, it’s left to defeated Harty Cup finalists CBC to carry the Cork flag now in the All-Ireland SHC.
They tackle reigning champions and favourites for the title St Kieran’s Kilkenny at WIT tomorrow.
After losing the Harty final to Midleton CBS they recovered superbly to see off Gort CS and the management team of Donal O’Mahony and Tony Wall will be looking again to the likes of Shane Barrett, Padraig Power, goalkeeper Cian Long and defender Cillian O’Donovan.
A number of the St Kieran’s team featured for Ballyhale-Shamrocks in their All-Ireland club final victory at Croke Park last Monday.