Corkbeg FC

Corkbeg Cause An Upset In AOH Cup

Aidan Cotter grabbed two goals for the Beg

Corkbeg advanced to the next round of the AOH Cup, by defeating St John Boscos ‘A’ by three goals to one on a wet Saturday afternoon in Whitegate. It was a deserved win for Corkbeg on the day, despite a sluggish start against a Boscos side who have had the upper hand against the Beg in recent times.
The Midleton side were the quickest out of the blocks and completely dominated the opening 20 minutes of the game. Robbie Williams, Cormac Beausang and Alwyn Kearney were all heavily involved and never allowed Corkbeg to settle. And their pressure paid off early on, when Beausangs run and low cross into the Corkbeg area, was brilliantly taken on the turn by Williams and he slotted past Eric Higgins in the Corkbeg goal for a deserved lead after only 5 minutes. It was all one way traffic and Eric Higgins did well to hold a looping Barry Fitzgerald header, while Sean Corcoran headed inches wide from a corner. And then out of nowhere, Corkbeg were level on 20 minutes. A low ball by Alan Horgan into the Boscos area, was allowed to reach Aidan Cotter at the back post and he fired past stand-in goalkeeper James Wiggins with the aid of a big deflection to level the game. It was all Corkbeg now, as the goal lifted everyone and Dylan O Neill, Shane Bennett & Fred Wenham were all busy, keeping Boscos pinned in their own half. And finally, the pressure paid off, when Aidan Cotter rose highest in the penalty area to thump Stephen O Hallorans brilliant delivery to the roof of the Boscos net to give Corkbeg the lead. But Boscos delivered their own warning just before half time, when Odhran Bailys low shot from 20 yards was well saved by Eric Higgins.
The second half was only five minutes old, when Corkbeg went further ahead. A free kick was awarded 25 yards from goal and Jordan Ryan crashed the ball into the top corner beyond Wiggins for a 3-1 lead. Boscos were dominant for the remainder of the half, as Corkbeg sat back and held on to their two goal lead, with Robbie Williams looking the most likely to bring them back into it. For all their possession, Boscos created very little and Eric Higgins wasn’t called into action too often. Corkbeg kept the away side at arms length, with Aidan Cotter (pictured) and Alan Horgan standing out in particular. As Boscos threw caution to the wind near the end of the game, Corkbeg almost increased their lead twice in the closing minutes. Firstly, James Wiggins produced a great save from Dylan Casey and then, Alan Horgan smashed a long range shot against the Boscos post. But there were no more goals in the game, as Corkbeg comfortably held out for a 3-1 win, with a spirited and hard working team performance.
Team: E. Higgins, A. Horgan, T. Smyth, C. Horgan, A. Cotter, S. O Halloran, F. Wenham, D. Casey, D. O Neill, S. Bennett, J. Ryan. Subs: C. O Driscoll, M. Collins, D. O Driscoll