Rochestown’s victory over Midleton keeps dream alive

The destination of the second qualifying spot in Group 2 of the Dr Harty Cup will not be decided until the playing of the final game in the group, St Francis College, Rochestown and BlackwaterCommunity School, Lismore.

Yesterday, Rochestown enjoyed a 1-9 to 0-9 win over Midleton CBS in Watergrasshill, a result which puts them level with the East Cork school on four points. Mark Dolan’s 58th-minute goal, coming when Rochestown had moved 0-9 to 0-8 ahead, secured the win, while Shane Kingston’s tally of four points from frees on a windy day were invaluable.

Centre-back Niall Cashman and Aaron Ward at midfield both impressed as well for Rochestown, who led 0-6 to 0-4 at half-time. Joe Millerick got four of Midleton’s nine points from frees, while Paudie McMahon also did well for them.

That result means the avoidance of defeat against Blackwater CS — a game rescheduled after the original was abandoned — will be enough for St Francis to reach the quarter-finals.

A Blackwater win would leave the three teams on four points, however. When two sides have the same total, the head-to-head record is the determining factor, but if more than two are tied, scoring difference is used.

Rochestown meet Blackwater on December 4, when St Flannan’s and St Colman’s will also play to complete Group 3, though both are eliminated.

Yesterday’s other Group 2 game saw the already-eliminated St Joseph’s CBS of Nenagh defeat Dungarvan CBS, who had the group won, 0-14 to 0-9.

In Group 4, Charleville CBS secured their progression as table-toppers as they gained a third win from three games by beating Youghal’s Pobalscoil na Tríonóide, 1-13 to 1-10.

Darragh O’Brien’s goal had Youghal 1-4 to 0-6 in front at half-time, Edward O’Halloran on target from points while Daniel Relihan impressed for Charleville. Two points by Ollie Dempsey put Youghal further ahead after the break but Jack Barry at midfield inspired Charleville’s fightback. JP Moloney’s goal put them 1-8 to 0-10 ahead and they kicked on.

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