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Cahill secures last-gasp reprieve for Midleton

MIDFIELDER Dillon Cahill popped up with a dramatic goal in the third minute of injury-time to salvage a replay for Midleton CBS against Templemore in Cahir.

Controversy surrounded Cahill's goal as the linesman on the far side of the field had his flag in the air, signalling for a sideline ball, but was ignored by referee Damien Fox in the build-up to the goal.

Midleton captain Conor Lehane sent in a superb sideline cut from the opposite touchline and Cahill gathered possession and batted the ball into the net.

Liam McGrath landed a brilliant tally of 0-14 for Templemore but the switch of John McGrath to midfield was also a key factor in their second-half revival as they outgunned their opponents by 1-11 to 1-4 after half-time.

Midleton, who led by 2-7 to 0-6 at the break, were essentially a one-man band as Lehane hit 2-9 of their 3-11 total.

But Templemore were right back in it when corner-forward Martin Kelly latched onto McGrath's long delivery and swept the loose ball to the net.

Eight second-half points from Liam McGrath looked to have secured an elusive semi-final for Templemore, but Cahill had the final say for Midleton.

Scorers -- Our Lady's Templemore: L McGrath 0-14 (10f, 1 '65', 1 s-l), M Kelly 1-1, L Treacy, S Hassett 0-1 each. Midleton CBS: C Lehane 2-9 (2-7f), D Cahill 1-0, C Walsh, M Hennessy 0-1 each.

OUR LADY'S TEMPLEMORE -- J Bourke; J Nyland, K Kennedy, T Meade; L Mullally, T Hamill, J Moloney; L Treacy, C O'Riordan; L McGrath, S Hassett, J McGrath; M Kelly, J Bergin, O Ryan. Subs: B Kennedy for Mullally (36), P Meade for Ryan (57), D Donnelly for Hamill (inj, 60+1).

MIDLETON CBS -- W McCarthy; D O'Brien, K Burke, N O'Regan; I Kennefick, D Dineen, A Gosnell; D Cahill, L O'Driscoll; B Lawton, C Walsh, C Lehane; D Morrissey, M Hennessy, P White.

REF -- D Fox (Clare).

Irish Independent