Midleton vs Imokilly- The last three SHC meetings

29 August, 2019

By Kieran Murphy This Sunday in Cork Senior Hurling Championship Midleton take on defending champions Imokilly in a repeat of last years final, here is a look at the last three times these two sides have clashed in the SHC. Thirty five years is what separate’s this years affair and the third most recent match up, all way back in 1984. The magpies came into the season as defending champions, having beaten the Barrs in the 1983 Final. Imokilly were no match for Midleton. Kevin Hennessy and Dave Boylan both scored three goals each as Midleton laid down a marker for the rest of the county. Of course, the black and white army were just off the back off a successful Munster championship, winning their first Munster title however losing the All-Ireland semi finals to Gort 1-11-2-4. Dungourney’s David Aherne and Carrigtwohill’s James Horgan both scored a goal each while St. Catherine’s Christy Clancy put over 0-3 for Imokilly. John Fenton was also in top form for the magpies, scoring 0-8, as Midleton ran out 7-11-2-3 winners in Youghal. However, they would not make it past the next round as St. Finbarr’s got their redemption for the previous years final beating the magpies 1-17-1-13 and going on to win the Cork SHC 1984. The next tussle was in 1995 Quarter Finals. The team in black and white came through Bishopstown in the previous round while the East Cork divisional side defeated Seandun 2-13-1-13. Richie Lewis kept up his brilliant form scoring 0-4 adding to his 1-11 from his previous two outings. Castlemartyr’s Jimmy Smiddy was also in top form putting over 0-5. However, the performance of the backs really stood out as Carrigtwohill’s Sean Barrett, Sean Barry and Killeagh’s Damien Irwin kept Midleton’s forward line to just nine points. It ended in Youghal Imokilly 0-12-0-9 Midleton. Imokilly progressed to the semi finals where they faced Ballyhea however in a thrilling 2-9-1-11 affair. Without top scorer Richie Lewis the team in red and white performed brilliantly with Philip Cahill and Smiddy really stepping up to the plate scoring 1-2 and 0-5 respectively. The most recent encounter was also the one which had the most on the line. Midleton had defeated Blackrock in the semi finals while Imokiily overcame UCC to set up an all East Cork final for the first time since 2006 when Cloyne lost out to Erins Own 2-19-3-14. The East Cork divisional side were striving for their second title on the bounce while the magpies were looking for their first title since 2013. Imokilly raced into a 1-3-0-1 lead with ten minutes of the game played. Cloyne’s Paudie O’Sullivan scored 1-1 of that. Midleton had a resurrence over the next eight minutes of play reducing Imokilly’s lead to two points. With nineteen gone, the team red and white scored their second through Cork skipper Seamus Harnedy to make it 2-6-0-7. The final phase of the first half was mainly controlled by the East Cork divisional side however a goal from Patrick White brought the magpies right back into the game. At half time Imokilly led 2-11-1-9. Midleton started the second phase superbly slotting over four out of the first five scores in the half. The magpies had brought the game back to two points for the second time in the game however 2-1 in three minutes for Imokilly ended Midleton’s momentum. Paudie grabbed his second goal of the game while Shane Hegarty scored his first. The teams traded points for the final twenty minutes of play. The team in black and white couldn’t find an a second goal in the final phase of the game as it ended Imokilly 4-19-1-18 Midleton. Out of the last three meetings Imokilly hold the advantage with two wins to Midleton’s one, scoring the two most recent victories, however the Black and White army have out scored the East Cork division 8-38 to 6-34 mainly thanks to the twenty point win in 1984. The question now is who will come out on top Sunday, the defending champions or the runners up who are looking for revenge.