Corkbeg FC

Corkbeg Advance To Semi Final

Daragh O Mahony got Corkbegs fourth goal

Corkbeg and Central Rovers will be happy to play different opposition over the next few weeks, as the teams met for the 4th time in 10 weeks (and the third time in 4 weeks) in the quarter final of the St Michaels Cup in Central Park on Saturday afternoon.


Corkbeg produced an excellence performance against a Central Rovers team who had won 6-2 and 4-2 in recent weeks, albeit against Beg teams shy of several starters. To be fair this time Central were missing a few regulars and Corkbeg took the game to them from the start.


After 10 minutes, Alan Hogan opened the scoring when he controlled a defensive clearance and curled the ball home from the edge of the box. Shane Bennett then cannoned a drive off the crossbar and while many thought it bounced over the line, the referee Michael O Flaherty didnt give it. Corkbeg continued to press and Jordan Ryan hit the base of the post when he curled a shot from the edge of the box. The game took a twist on 35 minutes, when Ryan was sent off for two quick bookings; the first for handball the second for finishing a shot to the net having just been whistled offside. It was a harsh call, but Corkbeg made it to halftime and a chance to regroup.


Against the wind and with 10 men, Corkbeg started the second half with real purpose and when the ball rebounded to Alan Hogan outside the box, he looped a beauty over the keeper to make it 2-0. Five minutes later, the ball broke to Shane Bennett and he curled the ball home to make it 3-0. With the back 4 of Aaron Berry, Tommy Smyth, Steven O’Halloran and Alan Horgan stopping any Central attacks, the whole Corkbeg team were on their game. Substitute Daragh O’Mahony got the 4th when he took a long searching ball at full speed and outpaced two defenders, before finishing confidently. Alan Hogan missed two glorious one on one chances for his hat-trick and Central did have a great chance from a set piece, but the ball didnt fall for Gavin McCarthy, who scored four goals in this fixture last week. Central were then reduced to ten men with ten minutes remaining, when their winger was sent off for two bookings.


With 3 minutes to go Central got a consolation when their substitute striker Luke Harris was first to react to a rebound, but it was a score that was too late to affect the outcome as Corkbeg secured a semi final spot in the Division One cup.