Corkbeg FC

Corkbeg Hit Seven In Whitegate

Knockraha’s Alan Bowan gets the upper hand here against Corkbeg’s Shane Bennet.
Barry Peelo.

Corkbeg advanced to the next round of the AOH Cup with a 7-0 victory over Knockraha ‘B’ in Whitegate on Saturday afternoon. It’s a game that Corkbeg would have been expected to win, especially as they’re playing two divisions higher than their East Cork rivals, but Knockraha gave a good showing of themselves on the day, despite the lobsided result.
Corkbeg took the lead after 12 minutes, but should have scored before that. Both Dylan O Neill & Jordan Tynan got through on goal, but both were denied by two brilliant saves by Knockrahas goalkeeper. But a poor clearance on 12 minutes, resulted in Jordan Tynan driving a low shot to the bottom corner from 18 yards for an early lead. Knockraha, playing with a gale force wind, went close soon after, when hesitant defending allowed their striker a snap shot from the edge of the area, but the shot was saved. They also came close from a free kick and they worked extremely hard throughout the 90 minutes. But, Corkbeg still looked the more likely to score next and doubled their lead on 25 minutes, when Stephen O Hallorans cross was headed to the net by Dylan O Neill. Two became three before the half time interval, when a mazy run by O Neill led to Shane Bennett curling a brilliant strike to the top corner to kill the game as a contest.
Corkbeg struck early in the second half, when Jordan Tynan made a bit of space for himself at the edge of the box and drilled a low shot to the bottom corner for a 4-0 lead. Knockraha came more in to the game after that and they deserve a lot of credit for sticking to their passing game and not lying down. They should have pulled a goal back on the hour, but their winger shot disappointingly wide after a free kick had rebounded from the Corkbeg defensive wall. But on 65 minutes, Corkbeg got another. Alan Horgans took Aidan Cotters pass and drilled a low cross to Shane Bennett, who swept home his second goal. Jordan Ryan then drilled a thirty yard strike against the underside of the crossbar & soon after, Knockrahas keeper excelled again by pushing over another Ryan shot from distance. However, Ryan didn’t have to wait long to get on the scoresheet, when he scuffed a shot over the line from two yards to make it 6-0. Shane Bennett rounded off the scoring in the final minute and grabbed his hat-trick, when he fired home from the edge of the area.
Team: P. O Reilly, A. Horgan, D. Casey, I. Casey, C. Horgan, A. Cotter, S. O Halloran, D. O Neill, J. Tynan, S. Bennett, J. Ryan. Subs: O. Mombo for Tynan(60mins), R. Forde for Ryan(75mins), M. Aszyjcyzk for Cotter(80mins)