Corkbeg FC

Corkbeg Secure Important Win

Shane Bennett scored two goals

Shane Bennett scored two goals

Corkbeg beat Park Utd ‘B’ 3-1 on a blustery Saturday afternoon in Whitegate in AULDiv2A. Corkbeg were not at their best again , but did enough to beat a hard-working Park Utd side.

Park started the game well and played with a strong wind in the opening half. To their credit, they never resorted to hoofing it long in the wind and played some good football at times. But, it was Corkbeg who almost struck first 15 minutes in, when Jordan Ryan smashed against the legs of Parks goalkeeper. However, the Mitchelstown sides early pressure told off, when a good through ball was taken by their striker & smashed into the roof of the Corkbeg net after 20 minutes. But, the goal woke Corkbeg from their slumber and soon afterwards, Jordan Ryan rattled the underside of the crossbar with a great strike from 15 yards. Then, Dylan O Neill miskicked in front of goal from Cein O Driscolls pull-back, before O Driscoll himself volleyed against the outside of the Park post. And Dean Keegan then had a thunderous 40 yard free-kick saved by Parks goalkeeper. Corkbeg equalised on the half hour, when a good move involving Cein O Driscoll & Alan Horgan, saw Shane Bennett side-foot home from Horgans pass. Five minutes later, Bennett turned provider, as he hung a cross up to the back post to find Ian Casey, who volleyed into the Park net from 10 yards to put Corkbeg 2-1 up. And it should have been three before half time, when another deep cross found Shane Bennett, but his header was wayward.

Having been outplayed for the latter stages of the opening half, Park improved in the second half, with Simon Maher & James Sheehan working hard, but crucially could not create any decent openings. Corkbeg created some openings as the half went on and Dylan O Neill had a header saved, while Cein O Driscoll mis-kicked in front of goal. The best chance of all fell to Ian Casey, who drove straight at the Park goalkeeper from 15 yards. But, finally the insurance goal came with 15 minutes left, when Shane Bennett sprung the Park offside trap & slotted past the advancing goalkeeper to seal the win. Corkbeg substitute Marcin Aszyjczyk volleyed wide late in the game from Stephen O Hallorans deep cross. The Mitchelstown side did have two late chances to pull back a consolation, but one shot on goal was saved, while Alan Horgan produced a brilliant goal-line block to divert another. Corkbeg saw the remainder of the game out comfortably to ensure a third place finish this season.

Team: P. O Reilly, A. Horgan, S. O Halloran, F. Wenham, D. Keegan, I. Casey, T. Smyth, J. Ryan, C. O Driscoll, D. O Neill, S. Bennett. Sub: M. Aszyjczyk for O Neill(75mins)