THERE were dramatic scenes in Cahir this Wednesday afternoon as Castletroy College booked a first ever semi-final spot in the Harty Cup with a thrilling 1-14 to 0-16 win over Youghal.
The Limerick city secondary school scored 1-2 in injury time at the end of this quarter-final tie to turn the game on its head.
The last gasp win books a January 31 semi-final against Thurles CBS. Throughout the encounter, Castletroy had played second fiddle to Youghal’s Pobalscoil Na Trionoide.
Indeed as the end of the 60-minutes approached Youghal were 0-16 to 0-11 ahead. Then came the unlikely late charge from Castletroy.
The goal scoring hero was Barry Nash in the 60th minute.
Substitute Mark O’Dwyer held his nerve to point a free to level and it was Andrew La Touche Cosgrave who snatched the late later winner, which came in the fourth minute of justified injury time.
This was Castletroy’s third quarter-final in the Harty Cup and at half time they trailed 0-7 to 0-5, albeit the Cork side had played with the wind.
Declan Dalton was the difference between the sides in that half with all bar one of his side’s scores - two from superb lineballs. Aaron Kennedy had the only Castletroy score from play in the half’s 25th minute.
His point could easily have found the net as he pulled first time when a long range Lorcan Lyons free dropped into the goalmouth.
It was an opening half in which Castletroy hit six wides and Youghal seven.
The early minutes of the second half were exchanges of frees between Nash and Dalton.
Ian Coates then had Castletroy briefly ahead until Youghal hit four on the trot.
Two from Lorcan Lyons and another from Coates gave Castletroy a glimmer of hope but still they trailed 0-16 to 0-11 and the stopwatch was showing 27-minutes played.
They needed a goal and Coates was denied a chance by full back Bobby McCarthy.
An O’Dwyer free reduced the lead.
Then came the goal. Conor Nicholas delivered into the goalmouth but Barry Nash was marked by two. He found space and crashed to the net.
But it was three minutes later when another O’Dwyer free looked to have secured extra time.
But in his fourth year of Harty Cup, La Touche Cosgrave hit his most crucial ball when securing the last gasp victory.
SCORERS: Castletroy: Barry Nash 1-4 (0-4frees), Andrew La Touche Cosgrave 0-3 (2frees), Ian Coates, Lorcan Lyons and Mark O’Dwyer (2frees) 0-2 each, Aaron Kennedy 0-1. Youghal: Declan Dalton 0-12 (10free, 2lineballs), Aindriu O’Seoige 0-2, Darragh O’Connell 0-1.
CASTLETROY COLLEGE: Jamie Power (Monaleen); Brian Nash (South Liberties), Evan Enright (Ahane), Finn Hourigan (Murroe-Boher); David Garry (South Liberties), Colum Carroll (Ahane), Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen); Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen), Ciaran O’Mara (Ahane); Ian Coates (Old Christians), Barry Nash (South Liberties), John Nicholas (Monaleen); Conor Nicholas (Monaleen), Eoin Hourigan (Murroe-Boher), Aaron Kennedy (Murroe-Boher). Subs: Kyrin McGarry (Claughaun) for Kennedy (43mins), Mark O’Dwyer (Monaleen) for Coates, in (56mins).
YOUGHAL: Harry Olliphant; Chris Morrisson, Bobby McCarthy, Liam MacCraith; Cathal Deane, Darragh O’Brien, Kevin Murphy; Matthew Farrell, Aindriu Seoige; Declan Dalton, John Paul Lucey, Conchúir O’hAonghusa; Eddie O’Halloran, Danny Walsh, Darragh O’Connell. Sub: Jack O’Ruairc (63mins).
REFEREE: Noel Cosgrove (Tipperary)