AULDiv1 – Corkbeg 4 UCC 1

Two goals from Kevin O Hanlon (pictured) and one each from Jordan Ryan & Danny Creedon saw Corkbeg win 4-1 on a horrible afternoon for football in Whitegate. A full report can be viewed below:

Corkbeg returned to the top of the AULDiv1 table with a 4-1 win over UCC in horrendous conditions on Saturday afternoon in Whitegate. It was a decent win in challenging circumstances against a much changed UCC side, managed by former Leeds man Johnny Cooney, who were playing their first game of the season. Huge credit must go to Corkbeg groundsman Terry Dunne, for having the pitch playable at all after heavy rain overnight.

Corkbeg were quick into their stride and took an early lead. Kevin O Hanlon looked to have got the touch on an inswinging cross, that may or may not have got a final touch from a UCC defender, but the ball hit the post and crossed the line for a 1-0 lead. There was no doubt about the second goal however. Corkbeg goalkeeper Eric Higgins found O Hanlon on the touchline and he advanced goalwards to cleverly chip the ball over the advancing goalkeeper to double Corkbegs lead. Corkbeg were well on top in the game, with Liam O Brien & Jordan Ryan in particular in great form for the Beg, but despite being well on top, Eric Higgins was still called upon to make two fine saves with his feet in the Corkbeg goal. It remained 2-0 at the break.

Conditions deteriorated into the second half, with no let-up in the heavy rain that fell for the full duration of the game. Danny Creedon came close to extending the Corkbeg lead close to the hour, when he headed off target. But on 61 minutes, Alan Horgans corner wasn’t properly cleared by the UCC defence and Creedon pounced to fire home from close range to give Corkbeg a three goal lead. UCC didn’t give up and pulled a goal back only five minutes later, when their striker got in behind the Corkbeg defence and lifted the ball over Eric Higgins to make it 3-1. The goal gave the students a lift and things were even-steven for the next ten minutes. But on 75 minutes, a moment of magic sealed the win for Corkbeg. There didn’t seem to be much on when Jordan Ryan got the ball in midfield, but he set off on a mazy run and fired a thunderbolt into the roof of the net from 30 yards to seal the win. The game petered out after that on a heavy pitch as Corkbeg secured a vital 3 points to return to the top of the table.

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