Corkbeg came up against a very good side in Whitegate today in Whitegate and put up a decent display against a team ranked two divisions above them, despite the scoreline. Shane Bennett got Corkbegs goal. A full match report can be viewed below:
Corkbeg were knocked out of the AOH Cup in Whitegate on Saturday afternoon, when they were beaten 4-1 by Premier Division side Coachford. It was a very impressive disciplined display by the mid-Cork side and nobody could argue that they didn’t deserve their win on the day.
It was obvious from very early on that Coachford meant business. They were very difficult to break down, passed the ball well and kept Corkbeg on the back foot. Ian Barry-Murphy & Luke Casey both looked very lively for Coachford. Chances were few and far between however, with speculative efforts from Michael O Sullivan & Luke Casey the closest that either team came to scoring in the opening half hour. Danny Creedon & Stephen O Halloran, although very busy, were playing very well for Corkbeg. And despite Coachford looking the hungrier, the teams were fairly evenly matched and Corkbeg were competitive. Kevin O Hanlon was keeping the Coachford defence busy and Jordan Ryan was buzzing about in midfield. Tariq Tynan forced a decent low save from Coachford goalkeeper Peter O Riordan on the half hour, before Coachford grabbed the lead only five minutes later. They were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box and Luke Casey smashed a thunderbolt beyond Corkbeg goalkeeper Eric Higgins to give the away side a deserved half time lead.
Coachford were also on the front foot at the beginning of the second period, but it was Corkbeg who almost equalised, when Tariq Tynan headed inched wide from a decent left wing cross. But on 55 minutes, Corkbeg were level. Liam O Brien took a quick free kick, which caught the Coachford defence napping and Jordan Ryan rolled a great ball through for Shane Bennett, who prodded the ball past Peter O Riordan to equalise. But, Corkbeg were only level for five minutes, when Luke Casey sprung the offside trap and fired the ball into the top corner to put Coachford back in control on the hour. Coachford remained difficult to break down, in particular Keith Linzell & full back Michael O Regan stood out, and even though Corkbeg were still in the game, they couldn’t create anything clearcut. Casey completed his hat-trick and put clear daylight between the teams, when he capitalised on uncertainty in the Corkbeg defence to shoot past Higgins with twenty minutes remaining. Higgins made a brilliant point blank save to prevent another Coachford goal soon afterwards, but he was helpless once again with fifteen minutes left, when Ian Barry-Murphy completed the scoring, when he slid in to meet a header back across goal to make it 4-1. It was a very impressive display by a Coachford team who will rightly be considered one of the favourites for this competition, while Corkbeg shouldn’t be too downhearted to be beaten by a very good side.
Corkbeg: E. Higgins, L. O Brien, A. Horgan, D. Creedon, S. O Halloran, A. Berry, S. Bennett, J. Ryan, K. O Hanlon, A. Hogan, T. Tynan. Subs: D. Casey, R. Fletcher, C. O Driscoll (all used)
Coachford: P. O Riordan, B. Casey, M. O Riordan, A. Buckley, K. Linzell, S. O Sullivan, E. O Sullivan, M. Murphy, L. Casey, M. O Sullivan, I. Barry-Murphy Subs: J. Murphy, C. O Sullivan, J. Cotter, S. Murray, G. Foulkes, D. Lynch, O. Fogarty