Nenagh battle back to send Midleton packing

Nenagh CBS 3-11 Midleton CBS 1-13
Nenagh CBS battled back from four points down with 22 minutes left to overhaul Midleton CBS and qualify for the Dr Harty Cup quarter-finals at Clonmel Sportsfield yesterday.

Going into this game, both were level on four points, so it effectively became a knockout game, and for much of it Midleton were on top.

Midleton had midfielder Killian Treacy drop deep and exerted an influence as they built up a 0-6 to 0-3 lead, Brendan McCarthy impressing in midfield while full-back Ian Cahill and John Looney in attack also impressed.

While Ruadhan Mulrooney’s goal had drawn Nenagh level at 0-6 to 1-3 by the 26th minute, Midleton got three of the last four points from Billy Dunne, Beausang and Looney to lead 0-9 to 1-4 at half-time.

Gary Leahy’s goal helped push Midleton 1-10 to 1-6 clear by the 38th minute. Nenagh were never out of it, however, and wing-back Keith Nealon’s free-taking was a constant feature of their play, two from him responding to the goal and Andy Hayden could have then put them in front only to hit the post with a goal chance. Though Josh Beausang’s fifth point put Midleton clear again, Nealon again replied before Hayden made amends just after the three-quarter mark. From a delivery by sub Michael Brislane, the corner-forward won the ball despite the attentions of two defenders and finished well to the bottom corner of the net.

Midleton did draw level again — a result which would have put them through on scoring difference — with another Beausang free, but the momentum had been prised from them. Nenagh’s greater overall power came more to the fore in the closing stages and Nealon’s sixth point was followed a John Cahalan score.

As Midleton pushed on looking for the goal that was becoming more and more essential, Nenagh applied the coup de grace in injury-time as sub Anthony Walsh found Cahalan and he netted a third goal. Jack McDonnell’s late point was not even a consolation for Midleton, who were on the brink of qualification a fortnight ago only to be undone by a late Hamilton HS comeback.

Scorers for Nenagh CBS: K Nealon 0-6 (frees), J Cahalan 1-2, R Mulrooney 1-1 (one free), A Hayden 1-0, R Byrne, D Peters 0-1 each.

Scorers for Midleton CBS: J Beausang 0-6 (five frees, one 65), G Leahy 1-1, J Looney 0-3, J McDonnell, D Landers, B Dunne 0-1 each.

NENAGH CBS: M Daniels (Silvermines); B Flynn (Nenagh Éire Óg), J Quigley (Kildangan), G O’Connor (Nenagh Éire Óg); C Kelly (Kildangan), E Corcoran (Silvermines), K Nealon (Burgess); J Cleary (Kilruane MacDonaghs), A Loughnane (Kildangan); R Byrne (Burgess), R Mulrooney (Portroe), J Cahalan (Nenagh Éire Óg); A Hayden (Silvermines), A Dunne (Burgess), D Peters (Kilruane MacDonaghs).

Subs: Michael Brislane (Toomevara) for Cleary (39), Anthony Walsh (Nenagh Éire Óg) for Byrne (54, injured).

MIDLETON CBS: S O’Flynn (Carrigtwohill); M Millerick (Fr O’Neills), I Cahill (Cloyne), K Treacy (Killeagh); B Cashman (Carrigtwohill), S Smyth (Midleton), S O’Connor (Fr O’Neills); E Leahy (Aghada), B McCarthy (Carrigtwohill); G Leahy (Killeagh), J McDonnell (Aghada), D Landers (Killeagh); J Looney (Aghada), J Beausang (Russell Rovers), B Dunne (Fr O’Neills).

Referee: R Moloney (Limerick).

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