Corkbeg FC

Corkbeg Exit AOH Cup

Tariq Tynan scored Corkbegs first goal

Corkbeg made their exit from the AOH Cup with a 4-2 defeat away to Division 1 rivals Central Rovers at a rainy Central Park on Saturday afternoon. It was one of those days for Corkbeg, with a large number of players unavailable on the afternoon, which resulted in the away side starting the game with only 9 players.


In those opening minutes of the game, Central Rovers effectively put the game to bed, with two quickfire goals in the opening six minutes. A great through ball sent Darren McCarthy clear and he finished well to open the scoring. And only minutes later, McCarthy took a similar through ball around Corkbeg goalkeeper Eric Higgins to double his tally for the afternoon only 6 minutes into the game. Once the full compliment of eleven players was restored, Corkbeg were obviously more competitive and created a few openings throughout the remainder of the half. And they found a way back into the game before half time, when Tariq Tynan turned well in the Central penalty area and slotted the ball past Adam Dennehy in the Rovers goal.


Corkbeg were still well in contention in the second half, with Shane Bennett, Tariq Tynan and make-shift striker Michael Leahy all performing well. But disaster struck midway through the second half, as the home side restored their two goal lead, when McCarthy completed his hat-trick when he knocked in a rebound from an Eric Higgins save, following some good work from Darren Kingston & Paul Connolly. With 15 minutes left, Shane Bennett waltzed past a couple of defenders and scored an absolute screamer from 25 yards to give Corkbeg some hope at 3-2. Corkbeg looked the more likely to score next at this stage and there were some notable misses from both Bennett & Tynan, as well as some good goalkeeping from Central goalkeeper Adam Dennehy. And with two minutes remaining, it was that man McCarthy again who ran at the Corkbeg defence and scored a super individual goal to complete the scoring.


The sides meet again at the same venue next Saturday in the St Michaels Cup, when Corkbeg hope to banish the memory of the last two meetings between the sides.