A GOAL from centre forward Luic Nguefang, in the last minute of extra time, gave Midleton CBS their first ever Munster Schools Senior Cup victory, completing a great double to add to the Dr Harty Cup won in hurling recently, following a dramatic win over Presentation Brothers College at Moneygourney yesterday.
For three players it was a special day, as captain and goalkeeper Arthur Nganou, powerful midfielder Joe Stack, who scored the winning goal in the Dr Harty Cup decider against CBC and substitute Jamie O’Hanlon, all played in both famous provincial victories.
The provincial decider, which was switched from Turner’s Cross because of the wet weekend weather drew a very big crowd at Douglas Hall’s ground.
They saw Midleton create most of the clear cut chances over the 110 minutes of action, but a well organised PBC side were within 90 seconds of a penalty shoot-out thanks to the superb goalkeeping of Cillian Martin.
He denied the east Cork school on numerous occasions,
The in-form netminder then saved bravely at the feet of Charlie Whalley in the 20th minute, before diving to touch away a low drive from the lively Nguefang.
PBC who defended against the strong wind in the opening half saw their striker Robert Geany-O’Brien test goalkeeper Arthur Nganou with a good shot before half time.
Eventually, in a close second half, when Whalley went past the Presentation goalkeeper, his shot was taken off the line as the game went into extra-time.
With time almost up, the deadlock was eventually broken, Nguefang found space in a packed penalty area, to roll a shot home from six yards, much to the delight of the Midleton support.
There will not be too much time for celebrations as Midleton are into the All-Ireland Schools semi-final and will meet Wexford CBS in the RSC Waterford this coming Thursday afternoon.
The Munster trophy was presented to the winning captain by former Evening Echo staff reporter Noel Spillane, who had covered schools soccer for over 40 years until his recent retirement.