A good tough game of football against a very good Central Rovers team in Whitegate on a beautiful afternoon for football. Jamie O Hanlon, Dylan O Neill & Alan Hogan with the Corkbeg goals, A full match report can be viewed below:
Corkbeg maintained their great start to the AULDiv1 season, with a 3-1 win over Central Rovers in Whitegate on a glorious Saturday afternoon. It was not a vintage display by Corkbeg on the day, as they were well and truly tested against a very good Central Rovers side, who will feel disappointed not to have left Whitegate with a point.
Once again, playing in their unfamiliar green away kit, Corkbeg started really well and were a goal to the good after only five minutes. Kevin O Hanlon took a pass in midfield and split the Central Rvers defence with a brilliant through-ball for his brother Jamie, who ran clear to slot past Dean Cummins in the Central Rovers goal. But, the Knocknaheeney side were playing really well, passing the ball with pace and with Gavin McCarthy & Dilan O Donovan always a threat. O Donovan tested Corkbeg goalkeeper Eric Higgins on two occasions; first his dipping shot which was bound for the top corner was tipped away and soon afterwards, Higgins got down well at his near post to block another decent attempt from O Donovan. Central looked dangerous from set-pieces and Higgins made some superb catches under pressure. Rovers centre half Corey Long also had a header that narrowly cleared the crossbar.
But, it was Corkbeg who struck next, somewhat against the run of play. It was pretty fortuitous too, which a long crossfield ball striking a retreating Central defender on the back and Dylan O Neill was quickest to react to chip an excellent finish from 25 yards over the back tracking Dean Cummins to make it 2-0 to Corkbeg on 35 minutes. It was almost 3-0 a few minutes later, when Alan Hogan got inside the Central defence from a narrow angle, but his ferociously struck shot was beaten away by Cummins. A minute before half time, Central found a route back into the game. Shane O Sullivan hit a low shot that came back off the post, but when the City side recycled the ball, Dilan O Donovan struck a piledriver from the edge of the area to make it 2-1.
Corkbeg struck early again in the second half and it proved to be a killer blow. Alan Hogan advanced on goal and as the Rovers defence stood off, he fired a daisy-cutter from 25 yards into the bottom corner to restore Corkbegs two goal lead. Central continued to play some good football, but their final ball was lacking and in the second half they did miss some half chances from Shane O Sullivan & Gavin McCarthy. At the back for Corkbeg, Max Ahern & Liam O Brien looked solid, so despite having a lot of the football, Central didn’t create anything massively clearcut. In fact, Corkbeg might have added to their total, with Tariq Tynan striking the crossbar with a fine header from a deep cross by Jordan Ryan and Dylan O Neill should have made the game safe on 80 minutes, when he raced clear only to be denied by Cummins, who made a fine save. A really good home win against a good side.
Corkbeg: E. Higgins, M. Ahern, L. O Brien, D. Creedon, A. Horgan, S. Bennett, D. O Neill, K. O Hanlon, J. O Hanlon, T. Tynan, A. Hogan. Subs: J. Ryan for K O Hanlon(45mins), A. Berry for A. Hogan(70mins), J. Roberts for O Hanlon(75mins)
Central Rovers: D. Cummins, K. O Riordan, C. O Brien, E. McCarthy, C. Long, T. Carroll, D. O Donovan, P. Connolly, G. McCarthy, S. O Sullivan, F. O Shaughnessy. Subs: L. Harris, D. McCarthy, A. Maher, D. Curtin