Midleton CBS 1
Wexford CBS 1
(Midleton won 5-4 on pens)
JOE STACK ensured a 100% record in the dreaded penalty shoot-out in the RSC, Waterford, to seal Midleton CBS’s place in this season’s Dr Tony O’Neill Senior National Cup final.
The Cork side came from a goal down to ensure extra time in a pulsating tie as a spectacular goal from Todd Hynes for Wexford CBS on 34 minutes was cancelled out by Charlie Whalley’s equaliser on 73.
Captain and netminder Arthur Nganou was in splendid form and he had to be at his best to deny the lively Hynes on the quarter-hour mark.
Both teams enjoyed plenty of possession, but Whitty’s squad were more dominant in the opening 45 and were deservedly in front at the break through an unbelievable finish from Hynes.
Hynes was unlucky not to put his side two up as again the Midleton captain pulled off a marvellous stop five minutes later.
Midleton got back into the contest in the second half. As special as the opening goal was, the equaliser was just as gifted, Whalley demonstrating tremendous control to steer the ball past James Crean.
Loic Nguefang later tested Crean on 76 minutes but the Wexford number one palmed the ball away.
Both teams tried in vain for a winner in additional time but found the goalkeepers in heroic form.
Wexford CBS were first up in the penalty shoot-out which saw Captain Cian Foley, Todd Hynes, Josh Murphy, and Evan Farrell all converting. Their second taker, Reece Murphy, was unlucky to see his effort saved brilliantly by Nganou to give them an advantage early on.
Loic Nguefang, Jamie Collins, Jamie O’Hanlon, Fionn Duggan, and the hardworking Joe Stack all scored superbly for Midleton to ensure five from five to take the slender victory.
Christopher Melnyk’s outfit now face defending champions Carndonagh Community School in the final on Wednesday, March 20 at Whitehall (1pm).
MIDLETON CBS: Arthur Nganou (c), Sam O’Reilly, Dylan O’Halloran, Shane O’Riordan, Jamie Collins, Joe Stack, Neil Cunningham, Jack Fitzgerald, Loic Nguefang, Matthew O’Reilly, Charlie Whalley.
Subs: Robbie Kinane (for Matthew O’Reilly, 109), Mark Daly, Fionn Duggan (for Jack Fitzgerald, 54), Jamie O’Hanlon (for Sam O’Reilly, 101), Diarmuid Byrne
WEXFORD CBS: James Crean, Kallum Broaders, Gary Hall Roche, Reece Murphy. Kyle Scallan, Liam Godkin, Cian Foley (c), Ciaran Carthy, Jamie Dawson, Todd Hynes, Shane Bergin.
Subs: Cian Whelan (for Shane Bergin, 80), Jason Gordan, Josh Murphy (for Jamie Dawson, 63), Evan Farrell (for Liam Godkin, 91), Aaron Roche.