Harty Cup round-up: Josh Beausang comes to rescue for Midleton CBS

Josh Beausang’s late point earned Midleton CBS a draw against Blackwater CS at Waterford IT yesterday, but the east Cork school’s hopes of qualification to the Harty Cup quarter-finals rest on today’s game between Ardscoil Rís and Waterford’s De La Salle.

Harty Cup round-up: Josh Beausang comes to rescue for Midleton CBS

Having led by 0-9 to 0-3 at half-time in the Group 1 clash, Midleton conceded an early second-half goal to Blackwater’s Ben O’Brien and points from Jack Pender and Ryan Gray brought the Waterford school back into the game.

Another goal, from Adam Casey, put them 2-8 to 0-13 up with a minute left, with Midleton down to 13 players, but Beausang held his nerve to level at the death.

If De La Salle beat Ardscoil today in Boherlahan, Midleton would be eliminated but any other outcome would mean a final-day shootout between the schools.

Our Lady’s Secondary School of Templemore have topped Group 2 with a game to spare after they beat Youghal’s Pobalscoil na Tríonóide by 4-31 to 1-9. Jerry Kelly scored 1-6 for Templemore, with Aidan O’Meara, Ciarán Thorpe and Stevie Nolan getting the other goals while Jamie Bergin, Brian McGrath and Lyndon Fairbrother were among the points.

The result leaves Templemore on six points from three games, the same as Rochestown, who have completed their schedule. Even if they did lose their remaining match, however, Templemore would finish ahead of Rochestown by virtue of their head-to-head record.

In Group 4, Cork’s CBC’s excellent second half ensured they qualified as group winners by beating Castletroy College.

At Ballyagran, the Cork school led 0-7 to 0-6 after an even first half, but they scored 1-7 without reply in the third quarter, Jamie Corkery on form from frees while Diarmuid O’Sullivan netted an important goals.

Robbie O’Flynn, Robert Downey, Eoin Moloney and Billy Hennessy all impressed for the victors, while Castletroy’s best performers were Aaron Kenneally, Mark O’Dwyer and Conor Nicholas.

The Limerick school had already secured qualification, however, meaning that the other, drawn, game, between St Flannan’s and CBS HS Clonmel, was a dead rubber.

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