Corkbeg FC

Corkbeg Win A Thriller

Corkbeg beat Dunbar Celtic by three goals to two in an exciting AULDiv1A encounter in Whitegate on Saturday afternoon. The win was no more than Corkbeg deserved on the day, having outplayed the City side for long periods, but they had to rely on an injury time Aidan Cotter goal to finally kill off the visitors.
Corkbeg completely dominated the first half. Some of the football played was absolutely brilliant, as they attacked Dunbar from the opening minutes. Jordan Ryan, Shane Bennett, Dylan O Neill & Fred Wenham were all heavily involved and Alan Horgan was a constant threat down the right. And there were plenty of chances. Stephen O Hallorans header cleared the crossbar by inches, while Colin Horgan had a shot from the edge of the box well saved. Aidan Cotter shot over the Dunbar crossbar from 25 yards and Alan Horgans driven shot from an acute angle narrowly missed the top corner. Fred Wenham came closest of all towards the end of the half, when he twice was sent through on goal, but failed to hit the target both times.
The city side were better in the second half and Corkbeg lost their way a little. Corkbeg goalkeeper Eric Higgins was called into action for the first time on 55 minutes, when he pushed away a shot that looked destined for the far corner. Corkbeg still looked the more likely to score, but Dunbar were well organised & defended in numbers. And then, the ultimate sucker punch on 65 minutes, when Ross Hickey rolled a ball through to Liam Hewett and he fired into the bottom corner to give Dunbar the lead. It was a lead that lasted 30 seconds, as straight from kick-off, Stephen O Halloran set up Shane Bennett to slam home the equaliser. O Halloran twice went close to giving Corkbeg the lead soon afterwards, when first, his cross shot narrowly cleared the crossbar and then, he fired narrowly over from 25 yards, following good work from Aidan Cotter & Shane Bennett. But with ten minutes left, Corkbeg went ahead for the first time, when Stephen O Halloran fired a low free kick to the bottom corner from 25 yards to make it 2-1. Corkbeg looked to be seeing the game out comfortably, but with 5 minutes left, a good move down the right lead to Eric Higgins producing a brilliant save to deny Dunbar substitute Niall O Leary. It looked to be a match-winning save, but with a minute left, O Leary found space on the edge of the box and fired an equaliser to the bottom corner to make it 2-2.
In injury time, Corkbegs last chance seemed to have gone, when Fred Wenhams close range finish to the net from Tommy Smyths cross was ruled out for offside. But cometh the hour, cometh the man and in the third minute of injury time, Shane Bennett played a through ball to Aidan Cotter and he fired a brilliant strike with the outside of his boot into the far corner of the net to win the game for Corkbeg.
Team: E. Higgins, A. Horgan, T. Smyth, I. Casey, C. Horgan, A. Cotter, S. O Halloran, F. Wenham, D. O Neill, S. Bennett, J. Ryan. Sub: D. O Driscoll for Ryan(35mins)