Corkbeg FC

Corkbeg Make Tame Exit From AOH Cup

Dylan O Neill was lively for Corkbeg

Corkbeg made their exit from this seasons AOH Cup on a bitterly cold Saturday afternoon in Whitegate, when they lost 1-0 to Glenthorn Celtic ‘B’. It was a very poor performance from Corkbeg; as bad as they have played all season and although the scoreline may suggest a close game, the city side were far more convincing winners than the one goal margin at the end of ninety minutes.

Glenthorn were full of energy from the start and never allowed Corkbeg to settle. Celtics wingers Shane Duggan and Robbie Coade raided regularly on either side, with Duggan the outstanding player throughout the game. Despite almost constant pressure from Glenthorn, there was very little by way of clear chances, mostly due to the fact that Corkbegs defence of Alan Horgan, Colin Horgan, Ian Casey & Tom Smyth all putting in big shifts. Stephen O Halloran did have two shots at goal that went well wide and Fred Wenham also missed the target with a header from ten yards. But, Glenthorns pressure finally paid off on the half hour, when a free kick was awarded right on the edge of the Corkbeg area and Timmy Kelly drove a low shot to the bottom corner to give the away side a deserved lead.

Corkbeg improved slightly in the second half, playing the game a bit more in the Glenthorn half and forcing a number of free kicks and corners around the Glenthorn area. Stephen O Halloran came more into the game and Dylan O Neill was busy on the right, while Jordan Ryan saw two long range efforts fail to trouble Mark Prendergast in the Glenthorn goal. But for all Corkbegs efforts, Glenthorn still looked the more likely to grab the next goal, were first to every ball and generally looked sharper and hungrier. Shane Duggan was a constant danger and on a couple of occasions was only denied by last ditch Corkbeg tackles. That said, neither goalkeeper was troubled too much in the entire second half. Towards the end of the game, as Corkbeg threw caution to the wind, there were a couple of epic goalmouth scrambles in the Glenthorn area, but no clear chance would present itself and Glenthorn ran out fairly comfortable 1-0 winners.

Team: P.O Reilly, A. Horgan, T. Smyth, C. Horgan, I. Casey, A. Cotter, S. O Halloran, D. O Neill, J. Tynan, J. Ryan, F. Wenham. Sub: M. Collins for Wenham(60mins)