Corkbeg FC

Corkbeg End The Season On A High

Jordan Ryan scored a hat-trick v City Wanderers

Jordan Ryan scored a hat-trick v City Wanderers

Corkbeg ended their season with a big bang by beating title challengers City Wanderers 3-0 on a sunny Tuesday evening in C.I.T., Bishopstown. Typical of Corkbeg in this topsy-turvy season, they saved their best performance of the season for the final game, having failed to impress in recent games.

It was nip & tuck at the beginning of the game, with both teams really going for the win. Corkbeg went close early on, when Alan Horgans low cross into the six yard box somehow evaded everybody. But, Wanderers were starting to get their passing game going and had a goal chalked off for a marginal offside after 15 minutes. Corkbeg stunned the hosts on 20 minutes, when Alan Horgan found Jordan Ryan and his low strike from 25 yards found a way past Tom Maguire in the Wanderers goal to give Corkbeg the lead. Ryan was in top form on the night and went close again a few minutes later, but his back post volley was tame & Maguire saved easily. Wanderers pushed for an equaliser for the remainder of the half, with Derek Peyton prominent in midfield & both Dave Reardon & Shane Finn lively up front. But, they really didn’t create an awful lot and many of their attacks broke down with the final ball being poor. Corkbeg were outstanding at the back, with Tommy Smyth, Dean Keegan, Colin Horgan & Alan Horgan all putting in top drawer displays to keep the home side at bay & Ian Casey was also winning a lot of loose ball in midfield. They did go close just before half time though, as Dave Riordans header from Luke Counihans corner was brilliantly taken off the line by Alan Horgan.

Corkbeg completely dominated the second half. They kept the home side pinned in their own half as wave after wave of Corkbeg attacks came from both wings. Shane Bennett & Aidan Cotter were dominant in midfield and Jordan Ryan was buzzing for the full ninety minutes. All too often, Corkbegs final ball was poor and they were almost made pay for those missed chances, when Wanderers broke and a side-footed effort from 12 yards went inches wide of the Corkbeg post. It was to be Wanderers only shot at goal in the 2nd half. Corkbeg kicked on, with Fred Wenham, Steve O Halloran & substitute Dylan O Neill causing Wanderers defence all kinds of problems. It was only a matter of time before number two arrived and with 18 minutes left, it duly arrived, when Jordan Ryan was hauled down in the penalty area when clear through on goal. Wanderers had a man sent off for the challenge & Ryan sent Maguire the wrong way from the spot to make it 2-0. Corkbeg substitute Cein O Driscoll then had a shot blocked by Maguire, before the Wanderers goalkeeper produced a brilliant stop to deny Ryan his hat-trick. But 5 minutes from time, Jordan Ryan took a marvellous cross-field ball from O Driscoll and bent the ball around Maguire to complete a brilliant hat-trick and round off a superb 3-0 win for the Beg.

Team: P. O Reilly, A. Horgan, T. Smyth, D. Keegan, C. Horgan, I. Casey, A. Cotter, J. Ryan, S. O Halloran, F. Wenham, S. Bennett. Subs: D. O Neill for Casey(45mins), C. O Driscoll for O Halloran(75mins), R. Roberts for Wenham(80mins)