But, as they have proved countless times before, it’s never over till the fat lady sings and one more time they found something deep within themselves to manufacture a winner.
Some might call it lucky but you make your own luck and for players so young those instances illustrated a maturity beyond their years.
The history of sport is littered with last-gasp scores, Johnny Sexton’s winning drop goal in Paris last season, without that there would have been no Grand Slam. Great teams do this and whilst it’s not good for the heart, it makes for compulsive viewing.
CBC recovered superbly from their Harty final loss to Midleton and, whilst they’ll be underdogs against St Kieran’s Kilkenny in the semi-final, they have nothing to lose and this bunch of players are very resilient.