U-14 Cup – Carrigaline ‘A’ 3 Corkbeg 4 (AET)
Fierce Excitement in Shanbally.
Corkbeg U14’s travelled to play Carrigaline ‘A’ in the Sketcher’s Local Cup at Shanbally on Friday night.
Corkbeg started brightly, but it was the home side took the lead with a tap in after 5 minutes. The Beg then had a couple of half chances, before going even further behind after an unlucky own goal left us 2-0 down.
The lads rallied around and were back in it after Sean Crowley was fouled in the area and Kieran Kennedy put away the resulting penalty. Corkbeg kept pressing forward but couldn’t get the equalizer before halftime.
During half time the Corkbeg Ultra’s (parent’s) were asked to calm down by the referee .
The second half started and the Beg were on the front foot from the off.
A few chances and some great goalkeeping from the Carrig keeper kept us out, before a superb volley by Kieran found the top of the net to make it 2-2.
Corkbeg were pushing for the winner but it was a sucker punch counter attack goal that put Carrig back in the lead with only 10 minutes left.
The Beg kept going.
Mattie O’Leary hit the post with a great free kick and another fine save from their keeper kept the Beg at bay.
With 5 minutes to go, a quick one two, followed by a lovely cross found Matthew McSweeney, who powered a header to take the tie into extra time. 3-3
Extra time was just as exciting with chances to win it for either team, but with 6 minutes to go, and after good pressing from the Beg, the ball landed at the feet of Ewan Goff; his first touch was sublime and his second slotting it past the Carrig keeper to send the lads delirious.
The Beg held out for an exciting but well deserved win and we play Carrigaline ‘A’ again it the league on Sunday.
A special mention to the whole team on an excellent display, but an exceptional performance at left back by Josh O’Keefe gets the vote for man of the match.
Well done all involved.