Midleton registered a MSL top flight win for the first time in three years on Friday night.
The promoted side ended their three year sabbatical from the Premier Division with an exciting away win over St Mary’s.
After a even first ten minutes, Midleton took control with Ian Maher and Kevin Murray pulling the strings.
However Mary’s managed to take the lead against the run of play on 32 minutes. A clearance by Mary’s keeper Ryan Delaney was met by Colin Harte and his shot into the bottom corner put Mary’s one up.
Midleton reacted admirably and equalized just three minutes later through Jake Hegarty who was played through on Maher.
Then right on the stroke of half time the visitors went ahead when ex Cobh Wanderers Gary Collins scored at back post from a corner.
The second half started with Midleton dominating and on the hour mark they extended their advantage when James McCarthy hit a stunning shot into top corner from 30 yards.
A young Mary’s side eventually started to grow into the game with Cian Murphy and Wayne McBride impressing.
On the 75min they were rewarded for their positive approach when McBride found the net to put just one between the sides.
Suddenly the home side had a new lease of life and the big crowd were waiting for last years Cork youths top scorer with 38 goals to be sprung from the Mary’s bench. However, Eoin Murphy wasn’t introduced and Mary’s couldn’t find a leveller and Midleton hung on to claim there first win back in premiership football after three years away.