Corkbeg rebounded from Saturdays home defeat to Banteer, with an impressive 4-0 win against Cathedral Celtic in Whitegate on Tuesday evening.
Both teams had chances early on in the game, with Corkbeg in particular being guilty of some wayward finishing. But Cathedral were dangerous too and Corkbeg goalkeeper Eric Higgins had to be alert to make an early save. After 15 minutes, Corkbeg finally made the breakthrough, when Shane Bennetts strike from a narrow angle took a slight deflection and nestled in the bottom corner. Corkbeg doubled their lead on the half hour, when Alan Hogan slotted home from close range.
The second half was barely 5 minutes old, when Corkbeg put clear daylight between themselves and the Northside team. A deep cross from the right was punched clear by the Cathedral goalkeeper, but Jordan Ryan rammed home a scorching half-volley into the roof of the net from 25 yards to make it 3-0. And five minutes later, another wonder strike. Tariq Tynan gathered the ball 25 yards from goal, cut inside and fired a curling drive to the top left hand corner for Corkbegs fourth. Corkbeg were well in control now and could have easily added to their total in the remaining half hour. There were some fine performances from new boys Max Ahern & Kevin O Hanlon, while Shane Bennett, Alan Hogan and Jordan Ryan all looked lively. Substitute Rob Fletcher also impressed on his introduction. Cathedral might have pulled a late consolation goal back, but their centre back cleared the crossbar with his volley from 8 yards. Special word of mention too for Karl Ryan, who made his first appearance of the season in the second half.