Corkbeg FC

Corkbeg Advance After Tough Cup Tie

Ryan Forde scored his first Corkbeg goal

Corkbeg advanced to the next round of the County Cup with an emphatic 6-2 win over Ard Na Laoi at Leemount on a wet Sunday morning. The scoreline doesn’t tell the full story however, as the 3rd division side gave Corkbeg a huge scare in the 2nd half, despite Corkbeg dominating for the majority of the 90 minutes.

Corkbeg were into their stride quickly and brought Ard Na Laoi goalkeeper John Paul Rath into action as early as the fifth minute, when he made a fine save with his legs from Tariq Tynans shot. Alan Hogan, Danny Creedon, Aaron Berry & Jordan Ryan also went close, before a brilliant one-two between Tynan & Shane Bennett, saw Bennett open the scoring after 17 minutes. Ard Na Laoi responded, as Damien McEvoy saw his looping header drift narrowly over and then, Corkbeg goalkeeper Mike Leahy produced a brilliant stop at his near post to deny Kevin Crowley from close range. The rain came down and the game got a bit scrappy, but Corkbeg increased their lead before half time, when a great move involving Jordan Ryan & Daragh O Mahony, saw Ryan upended in the box. Ryan converted the spot kick to give Corkbeg a two goal cushion at the interval.

It was Corkbeg who looked the more likely at the beginning of the second period, with substitute Ryan Forde particularly looking dangerous. But out of nowhere, Ard Na Laoi found themselves level, with two goals in four minutes. Both goals had a hint of offside about them, but as the Corkbeg defence appealed, Darragh Sexton & substitute Aaron O Driscoll didn’t hang around and gave Mike Leahy no chance with emphatic finishes to square the game at 2-2 after 55 minutes. In fact, with the rain hammering down and Corkbeg rocked by those quick fire concessions, big performances were needed suddenly in the backline, with brothers Danny Creedon & Alan Creedon both outstanding at this point. But, there still may have been a shock lead, as Kevin Crowley fired inches wide from the edge of the area.

Luckily for the Beg, they didn’t panic and regained the lead soon afterwards, when another flowing move down the right, saw Jordan Ryan square the ball for Shane Bennett, who fired home from 10 yards for a 3-2 lead on 65 minutes. Three quickly became four, as Bennett robbed the ball from an Ard Na Laoi defender and set up Tariq Tynan to fire home from 8 yards. Corkbeg were now attacking all the time, with Jordan Ryan, Alan Hogan and Aaron Berry all going close, before Ryan Forde took possession 25 yards from goal and fired a screamer into the bottom corner to make it 5-2. Tariq Tynan completed the scoring when he bundled in Alan Hogans low cross from the right to round off a decent Sunday mornings work for Corkbeg.

Corkbeg: M. Leahy, L. O Brien, D. O Mahony, D. Creedon, A. Creedon, D. O Neill, A. Berry, J. Ryan, S. Bennett, T. Tynan, A. Hogan. Sub: R. Forde for O Brien (45mins)

Ard Na Laoi: J.P. Rath, D. Conroy, J. Deasy, C. Rice, S. Bradley, D. O Sullivan, K. Crowley, D. McEvoy, D. Courtney, D. Rath, D. Sexton. Subs: A. O Driscoll, A. Kenny, D. O Leary, N. Laughan