Corkbeg FC

Corkbeg Return To Winning Ways

Corkbeg goalkeeper Eric Higgins was the hero with a brilliant penalty save

Corkbeg returned to winning ways in Whitegate on Saturday afternoon, when they beat UCC by two goals to one in AULDiv1. It was a ding-dong game that could have gone either way and maybe the students will feel unfortunate not to have come away with a point after an exciting 90 minutes.

 

Corkbeg started the better of the two sides and took a deserved lead only 15 minutes into the game. Good work by Dylan O Neill & Tariq Tynan down the right, set up Alan Hogan, who turned well at the edge of the box and fired low into the bottom corner. Jordan Ryan struck the crossbar soon afterwards from a 25 yard free kick. But, UCC were very dangerous on the counter-attack, particularly their front two pairing of Jorge Martinez & Connor Murphy and Martinez thumped a shot from the edge of the box against the Corkbeg post. Martinez also struck the post from a narrow angle. Corkbeg should have doubled their lead after that, when Dylan O Neill shot wide from a decent position and Tariq Tynan had a shot smothered by UCC goalkeeper James O Leary. Corkbeg then had a big let-off on 35 minutes when Eric Higgins, who was Corkbegs man of the match, saved well from Connor Murphy and was up immediately to save the follow-up from Sean Buckley. But the equaliser came shortly after that, when Buckley squared for Murphy to guide the ball into an empty net to make it 1-1 at the break.

 

UCC started the second half on the front foot, with substitute Pablo Mato lively down the left hand side and Eric Higgins had to be at his best again to push away another strike by Murphy. But Corkbeg rallied too, with Shane Bennett & Jordan Ryan heavily involved. Daragh O Mahoney chipped the ball narrowly over the crossbar after good work from Tariq Tynan on 60 minutes and Jordan Ryan had a shot saved by O Leary. On 65 minutes, a turning point; Corkbegs Alan Horgan saw red for an off-the-ball incident and Corkbeg were reduced to ten men. It was the students doing the pressing now and Higgins reacted brilliantly to turn away another low strike from the edge of the area. At the other end, Tariq Tynan fired in another shot that was spilled by O Leary, with Jordan Ryan almost knocking the loose ball home. With 15 minutes left, Corkbeg scored what proved to be the winning goal. Shane Bennett chased what looked like a lost cause to the endline and pulled the ball back for Jordan Ryan to fire the ball to the roof of the net. UCC huffed and puffed after that and were given a massive opportunity to square the game with five minutes left. Stephen O Halloran handled a goalbound shot on the goal-line, leaving referee David Keeler with no option but to send him off and award a penalty to UCC. Pablo Mato hit a decent spot kick, but Eric Higgins produced a brilliant one-handed stop to effectively win the game for Corkbeg.

 

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

 

UCC: J. O Leary, M. Ellis, K. Russell, S. Brosnan, C. O Regan, S. Buckley, D. Sheehan, J Aguis Aguin, C. Murphy, J. Martinez, C. Brennan. Subs: P. Mato, A. Barrett, A. Cotter, J. O Mahony, R. Mulhall, A. Finn, L.O Neill