An early season top of the table clash in Whitegate saw Corkbeg come out on top in a great game of football. Shane Bennett(2), Tariq Tynan, Alan Hogan & Josh Allen with the Corkbeg goals. A full match report can be viewed below (with thanks to Tommy Smyth):
On a dull afternoon in Whitegate, Corkbeg produced a bright performance to elevate them to the top of Aul division 1 overtaking today’s opponents Donoughmore Athletic.
Alan Hogan was clear on goal after only 30 seconds but couldn’t get a clean shot away. He had another half chance 3 minutes later as Corkbeg started on the front foot.
After 6 minutes the ball ricocheted to Tariq Tynan outside the corner of the box. He produced a stunning, swerving drive into the top corner to set Corkbeg on their way.
Donoughmore settled somewhat after this and the next 15 minutes were a bit scrappy.
Aidan O’Shea flashed a snap shot wide on 25 minutes for Donoughmore before Corkbeg then scored 2 goals in 3 minutes. Firstly Shane Bennett (pictured) sent Alan Hogan through the middle and he calmly finished. Almost immediately Bennett latched onto a poor pass in the Donoughmore defence and broke through on goal to slot home. Corkbeg were in total control with Tynan, Bennett and Max Ahern all playing well for the home side.
Donoughmore were physically very strong and always looked dangerous from set pieces. They were awarded a penalty on 37 minutes and although Eric Higgins made a great save low to his left, Stephen Looney was first to react for Athletic and brought his team back into the game.
Hogan, with a stinging volley and Tynan with a header from a corner forced good stops from the Donoughmore keeper as the half closed.
The second half was a far more cagey affair with both teams knowing the importance of the next goal.
Donoughmore continued to be dangerous from set pieces and the Beg trying to forge chances on the break through Kevin O’Hanlon and Alan Hogan.
Stephen Looney was the danger man for the visitors. He snatched a shot just wide then forced Eric Higgins to tip over a well struck free kick.
Donoughmore then scored another as a quick free kick caught the Beg defence out and the ball was looped to the back post from the byline for Looney to head home.
The game continued to be cagey but Corkbeg had the better chances when Tynan again struck a beauty from 30 yards just over and the ever dangerous Jordan Ryan ran onto a Hogan cross to loop a quality header onto the bar.
Corkbeg settled the game with another quickfire double. Firstly Alan Hogan won a 50/50 ball and slipped in sub Josh Allen who cut back inside the last defender and slotted home for 4-2.
3 minutes later Ryan played a lovely reverse ball to slip Bennett through and his tidy near post finish made it 5-2.
Credit must go to the visitors for clawing their way back into the game after being 3-0 down but Corkbeg were well worth their victory to go top.