Having come from 3-1 down with four minutes remaining to see off the students in December’s Peard Cup final and then held them off to win the league, this victory meant more heartbreak for Neil Welch’s side.
As in previous games, they played largely on the break and off long balls, but it was C of I who broke the deadlock from their first short corner, slung home by John Jermyn.
College levelled it shortly before the break with a fine goal made and scored by former Midleton College schoolboys Andy Colton and Greg Chambers. Colton feeding Chambers to find the bottom corner.
With goalkeepers Brian Corcoran and Billy Lynch in fine form, it always looked likely to be set-pieces or mistakes that would decide this. Another rocket of a Jermyn drag-flick restored C of I’s advantage before the hosts failed to clear their lines and Shrew Power tapped in.
To extra-time it went, a period low on chances until Richard Sweetnam’s sweet pass picked out Richard Lynch in the circle, the Ireland U21 man striking smoothly on the turn to win it for C of I with a silver goal.
Meanwhile, Catholic Institute’s season ended in gut-wrenching fashion as they lost both the women’s Division 2 league and cup titles over the Easter weekend.
Cashel/New Inn’s 3-1 win in Tipperary on Friday secured the league title and promotion to the top tier, before Insta drew the cup final 0-0 with Bandon yesterday before losing 3-2 on penalty strokes.