Corkbeg FC

Corkbeg Hammered by Title Favourites

Corkbegs Aaron Berry tackles Glen Celtics William Corcoran

Corkbeg were beaten 7-2 by table toppers Glen Celtic at Glen Park on Saturday afternoon. It was a fantastic display by the home side, who underlined their tag as favourites in Div1 this season with a clinical, hard working performance that Corkbeg had no answer to.

It took only three minutes for the home side to open the scoring, when John Corcoran got away from Aaron Berry on the right wing and crossed for Gary Nolan to smash home from 8 yards. Corkbeg got level on 20 minutes though, when a free kick from the right hand side was turned into his own net by Patrick Long. It gave the away side some hope; hope that evaporated within the next 5 minutes as firstly, Nolan turned in a rebound after his first shot had struck a post and then, he went through on goal again to beat Eric Higgins low into the bottom corner to grab his hat-trick and make it 3-1. Both Pa Long & Barry O Donovan were dominant for Celtic, as time & time again, Glen attacked with pace. It was no surprise when Barry O Donovan headed in a Gary Nolan corner to make it 4-1 at the break.

Any hope that Corkbeg had of mounting an unlikely comeback quickly disappeared at the beginning of the second half, as the home side had a five goal lead within the opening five minutes. Gary Nolan steaked away and crossed for John Corcoran to tap home from 6 yards on 46 minutes and two minutes later, William Corcorans deflected shot was saved by Eric Higgins, but cannoned back into the net off Alan Horgan for an own goal and a 6-1 scoreline. It was clinical stuff from the home side. Corkbeg to their credit, played better in the second half and there were some good performances despite the lobsided scoreline, with Alan Creedon and Shane Bennett in particular standing out with hard-working performances & both Jordan Ryan & Ryan Forde doing well when introduced. Corkbeg pulled one goal back with 15 minutes remaining, when a corner from Alan Horgan wasn’t cleared and substitute Jordan Ryan drove a low shot to the bottom corner to reward their efforts. There were also some good opportunities for substitute Danny Creedon to pull further goals back for Corkbeg, but they went abegging. It was Glen Celtic who had the final say in the final minute, when after a series of missed chances, Gary Nolan grabbed his fourth goal of the game, when John Corcorans shot came back off the crossbar.

Glen Celtic: W. Murphy, C. O Keeffe, D. O Callaghan, B. O Donovan, I. Skillington, P. Long, W. Corcoran, D. Kenneally, J. Corcoran, G. Nolan, W. Kavanagh. Subs: R. Coade, R. Casey, R. Meehan

Corkbeg: E. Higgins, A. Horgan, A. Berry, S. O Halloran, T. Smyth, R. Ward, S. Bennett, D. O Neill, A. Creedon, T. Tynan, A. Hogan. Subs: J. Ryan, D. O Mahony, R. Forde, D. Creedon, L. O Brien, M. Leahy