U-14 Cup – Ballincollig 0 Corkbeg 1
Corkbeg U14’s travelled to Ballincollig for a local cup match on Monday evening; a beautiful evening for football. Our U-14 team hadn’t played this year, so we weren’t sure what to expect.
Corkbeg started the match very well and had a couple of early chances to score, but Sean Crowley and Scot Deane were “taken out” by the Ballincollig defence whilst clean through on goal; but the referee was lenient and only awarded yellow cards which could easily have been red.
The Beg continued to play some nice football and were comfortable in dealing with the threat of the opposition with the backline and goalie looking solid. There was no score at half time, but the Beg were by far the better team.
The second half started brightly again and we were causing Ballincollig problems. Eanna Crowley got on to the end of some good passes, but unfortunately couldn’t convert. Then near the hour mark, Sean Crowley found himself in the clear to slot the ball home for the Beg for a well deserved lead.
Not long after that, Eanna Crowley had the ball in the back of the net, only to be ruled offside with a very tight decision. The last 5 minutes (plus injury time) seemed like an eternity, but Josh Foley in goal made a couple of crucial saves at the end, as Ballincollig threw everything they had at us.
The Beg held on and there were jubilant scenes on the field and on the touchline, as everyone celebrated our first competitive win in over a year, as we marched into the next round.
Great team effort by every single player; no outstanding individual performance to mention, as they were all fantastic on the night.