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McCarthy: It Will Be Another Tight Affair

by December 7, 2019

Midleton host Cockhill Celtic (Donegal) this morning in Knockgriffin with a home tie a nice reward awaiting the winners in the next round after these two could not be seperated in Donegal last time out.

Midleton’s, James McCarthy is expecting very little between the sides again.

“Cockhill are a very strong team, they have been the front runners in the Ulster Senior League for the last number of years and would not be out of place in the Munster Senior League Premier Division by any means.

“They are a strong physical side with plenty to choose from in their squad.

“I’m expecting pretty much the same as two weeks ago from Cockhill and no doubt it will be a tight affair once again.

“Both teams have seen each other play so there won’t be as much a surprise element to this game,” said McCarthy.

Kilnamanagh await either side in round 4 so it’s a real big tie with Midleton as we approach the Christmas beeak.

“Yes, a home draw is a massive incentive in this competition especially with us having been on the road for much of the latter stages of this competition in recent years.

“It will be a nice change to play some ties at home with hopefully a large crowd to get behind the team.

“In saying that, our sole focus is on Cockhill Celtic and has been that way since we found out the date for the replay,” commented James.

Midleton’s league form has been patchy to say the least and they have certainly faired better in the cup competitions.

“In terms of our season so far, it has been a very stop start campaign.

“We started the league very poorly and that is reiterated by our position in the table.

“Our better results have come in the Munster Senior Cup and the FAI Intermediate Cup.

“I believe we just need a few things to click and a few wins to get our season back on track.

“We’ve added a couple of young lads in the last few weeks just out of U19’s and they have only contributed positively to the group.

“A run in this cup is a main focus for this team along with solidifying our place in the premier division and I have no doubt with the quality at the club that these goals can be achieved,” concluded McCarthy.

Midleton’s James McCarthy was speaking to Paul Hogan for Cork Sports News.

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