Corkbeg FC

Corkbeg Cause Huge Upset in AOH Cup

Shane Bennett got Corkbegs third goal

Corkbeg caused a shock in the first round of the AOH Cup, when they comprehensively defeated last years finalists, Premier division side Glenthorn Celtic A, by four goals to one at St Aidans School on a wet & windy Saturday afternoon. It was undoubtedly Corkbegs best performance of the season so far, as they made little of the two division gap between the sides with a brilliant hard working performance.


Corkberg started the better of the sides, with Shane Bennett & Robin Ward dominant in the middle of the field & both Tariq Tynan & Alan Hogan tormenting the Glenthorn defence. They took a deserved lead only 15 minutes in, when a corner wasn’t properly cleared and the ball looked to have cannoned in off a Glenthorn defender, with Alan Horgan claiming the final touch. Glenthorn tried to find a way back into the game, but any attacks were brilliantly repelled by Alan Horgan & Stephen O Halloran at the heart of the Corkbeg defence, but Corkbeg debutant Michael Leahy also made some fine saves to keep the home side at bay. But Corkbeg were passing the ball better and for the most part, were the better side, so it was against the run of play when Glenthorn equalised before half time, when a rebound was hammered to the net after Michael Leahy had saved.


The second half was only a few minutes old, when Corkbeg regained their lead. It was a fine solo effort by Alan Hogan, who was excellent throughout the ninety minutes. He brilliantly trapped a long pass, took it between two defenders and took it around the advancing goalkeeper to restore Corkbegs lead. Shortly after that, Corkbeg had a two goal lead, when Shane Bennett tapped in from close range to make it 3-1. It was no more than Corkbeg deserved. Both sides had chances to score goals in a game that ebbed and flowed, but towards the end, it was Jordan Ryan, who put in an outstanding shift for Corkbeg, that scored the goal of the game when he lobbed the Glenthorn goalkeeper from outside the box to complete the scoring. Ryan Forde could have made it 5-1 before the end, but failed to hit the target when clear through on goal. But four was enough, as Corkbeg pulled off a major scalp in the AOH Cup.


Team: M. Leahy, A. Creedon, C. O Driscoll, A. Horgan, S. O Halloran, R. Ward, S. Bennett, D. O Neill, J. Ryan, T, Tynan, A. Hogan. Subs: R. Forde, D. O Mahony, L. O Brien