IT’S been a long and impatient wait but Midleton CBS will be worthy Cork representatives in their first Dr Harty Cup final in 12 years.
Their display against the holders Our Lady’s Templemore in the semi-final last Saturday at Clonmel was easily their best of the campaign, one that delighted team selector Timmy Collins.
“Absolutely delighted with this victory. After last year’s semi-final loss to St Colman’s, we came in here today relishing the second chance to try and get back into the Harty final.
“It was heart in mouth stuff there in the first-half after Templemore battled back there after we got the two goals but we are absolutely delighted to be in the final. And now we’ll go away and reassess our situation and prepare for the final in a few weeks time."
Midleton CBS led by nine points after just 10 minutes but a great response from the holders had the game in the balance at half-time.
“That was the case, to be fair to Templemore, they dug deep there when we got the early goals, they didn’t drop their heads and they battled hard and they made us battle too.
“We could not get the lads back into the dressing room quickly enough at half-time. I suppose we re-grouped, we spoke about a few things and we came back out to re-establish our game-plan that we started out with and, in fairness, the players produced the goods for us thereafter."
Having lost the initiative coming up to the break, Collins admitted that it was vitally important that they regained their composure and took the game to their opponents again.
“Yes, we had to do that and we did. We got the first four points of the half and that settled us and gave us back our confidence.
“We just hit a purple patch there and Templemore struggled to keep us with us and we are just pleased now to be back in the final and it did work out well for us in the end today.’’
So the long sojourn in the wilderness is over and now there’s the prospect of the best final for years when Ard Scoil Ris come out of the opposite corner that day.
“I don’t know who won the other match but it is going to very tough whoever it is. Everything will be up for grabs that day but the important thing for us now is that we have given ourselves a chance.
“There’s a huge team spirit in this bunch of players. The boys are the best of friends and it’s a pleasure for all the coaching staff to be working with them.
“They are exactly what Midleton CBS is all about. The heart that these boys are showing and we are just facilitating this at the end of the day.
“They come in, they work hard at every training session and they deserve now what they have got, an opportunity to win back the Harty for Midleton CBS."