However, they took a big step forward at Pairc Uì Chaoimh yesterday when fashioning a two points win over Glen Rovers in this third round permanent tsb Cork County SHC clash.
Recovering from a potentially disastrous start, Midleton copper-fastened their sweet success with an insurance point from their most prolific scorer, Liam Walsh in stoppage time of what was a topsy-turvy encounter.
Defeat was a cruel blow and a major setback for the Glen whose cause was not helped by the fact that they had full-forward Richie Kelleher sent off 10 minutes from time for an off-the-ball incident.
Yet everything looked rosy early on for the Blackpool club. With three points in as many minutes from Kelleher, Kieran O'Callaghan and Diarmuid Dorris, the Glen started in devastating style and looked like wiping an ill-at-ease Midleton side off the face of the earth.
As Midleton struggled to come to grips with their game, the Glen failed to build on their lead due to a succession of wides while a goalkeeping error from the usually reliable Ian Lynam allowed Midleton their opening score a point from a free by Walsh in the ninth minute.
Still the Glen led 0-5 to 0-3 after the first quarter. Gradually, however, Midleton, finding their touch, fought their way back into contention and three points in succession from Micky O'Connell, Walsh and John Moynihan levelled the game for the first time in the 18th minute.
Slowly but surely the Glen lost their early sparkle and fell into arrears. Both full back Dave Cunningham and goalkeeper Lynhan failed to clear their lines and left corner forward Moynihan swept the ball into an empty net to nudge Midleton two points in front in the 26th minute. Midleton led by three points at the interval.
Undeterred , the Glen came thundering back and three points without reply from Kelleher, Shane Kennefick and outstanding centre forward Kieran O'Callaghan tied the game again in the 40th minute. Corner back Pat Walsh then drove a 100-metre free over the bar to give Midleton a boost.
There was still only a point in it when the Glen lost Kelleher.
But then came the match-clinching score from Walsh, who hit eight points all told, six from frees, and Midleton were through to a quarter final meeting with Blackrock.
Scorers: Midleton: J. Moynihan 1-1; L. Walsh 0-8 (0-6 from frees); M. O'Connell 0-2; S. Corcoran and P. Walsh (free) 0-1 each.
Glen Rovers. K. O'Callaghan 0-6 (0-2 from frees); R. Kelleher 0-2; D. Dorris, D. Busteed, D. Cronin, S. McGrath, J. Anderson (free), and S. Kennefick (free) 0-1 each.
MIDLETON:. B. Behan; P. Walsh, P. McCarthy, P. Barry; W. O'Brien, P. Smith, D. Cott; D. Ryan, M. O'Connell; A. Cahill, S. Corcoran, L. Walsh; A. McDonnell, J. Moynihan, G. Manley. Subs. A. Cotter for McDonnell; K. Hurley for Manley.
GLEN ROVERS. I. Lynam; G. Hackett, D. Cunningham, E. McCarthy; L. Leahy, J. Anderson, G. Callinan; S. Kennefick, L. Tracey; D. Cronin, K. O'Callaghan, D. Busteed; S. McGrath, R. Kelleher, D. Dorris. Subs. D. og O'Donovan for Hackett; N. Horgan for Cronin.
Referee. D. O'Leary (Cloughduv).