Corkbeg FC

Lacklustre Corkbeg Slump At Home

Steve O Halloran came close from a free kick.

Steve O Halloran came close from a free kick.

Corkbeg slumped to a 1-0 home defeat to near neighbours Carrigtwohill B in AULDiv2A on an overcast Thursday evening in Whitegate. The defeat means that Corkbeg will remain in Div2A next season, as promotion is now mathematically out of their reach and the Beg can have no complaints about the result after a lacklustre display on the night.

Corkbeg had beaten Carrigtwohill by four goals to nil at Ballyadam only two weeks ago and this evening was sweet revenge for their local neighbours. Carrig were full of running, fought for every ball, hounded Corkbeg at every opportunity and they fully deserved the win. Corkbeg were first to threaten though and Steve O Halloran brought a great save from Jonathon Cronin in the Carrigtwohill goal only ten minutes in from a 25 yard free kick. Carrig were taking the game to Corkbeg, with Dave Barry pulling the strings in midfield and John Wade was inches away from converting a brilliant delivery from Maciek Beczek. Carrig had most of the ball, but Corkbeg were creating better chances and Dylan O Neill stabbed narrowly wide of the far post, while another shot from close range in the Carrig penalty area was taken off the line. Alan Horgan also had a shot for Corkbeg that flashed past the far post. But, it was Carrigtwohill who scored the games only goal on the half hour, as Dave Barrys corner kick was headed powerfully to the net by Sean Madden to give the away side a 1-0 lead.

After being so poor in the opening half, Corkbeg did play a bit better in the 2nd period, but their passing game was unusually poor and all too often, they gave the ball away. But they were keeping Carrigtwohill pegged back and Jordan Ryan had another close range shot well saved by Jonathon Cronin. At the other end, John Wade had a shot from an acute angle saved. Carrigs defence was very well organised, with Mick O Sullivan & Sean Madden particularly good and Corkbeg struggled to create any clearcut chance. And as they pushed on for an equaliser, Carrig almost doubled their lead, when John Wade drove through the heart of the Corkbeg defence, but his shot was saved & came back off the Corkbeg post. With ten minutes left, substitute Cein O Driscoll almost levelled the game, but his clever looping header was brilliantly kept out by Cronin. Dave Barry almost out the icing on the cake for Carrig late on, but his curling shot was saved, while in the final minutes, Steve O Halloran had another free kick comfortably saved by Cronin. This wasn’t good enough at all from Corkbeg, in a flat performance that was littered with mistakes & bad passing. Better will be expected at home to Park Utd B on Saturday.

Team: P. O Reilly, F. Wenham, T. Smyth, D. Keegan, C. Horgan, I. Casey, A. Cotter, J. Ryan, S. O Halloran, A. Horgan, D. O Neill. Subs: C. O Driscoll & D. Casey for Smyth & Cotter(60mins), S Bennett for O Neill(80mins)