Corkbeg beat local rivals Carrigtwohill 2-1 in an East Cork derby on an autumn Saturday morning in Whitegate. The goals came from Gift Obiwuru and Reece Tynan.
Corkbeg started the better of the two sides, with Killian O Driscoll and Cian Keohane settling into the game very well by spreading the play out wide to stretch the Carrig defense. Corkbeg were unlucky not to be in front after Cob’s header was cleared off the line by a Carrig defender after a Killian O Driscoll corner.
Against the run of play, Carrigtwohill scored to give themselves the lead. A mistake at the back for the Beg, saw Carrig’s number 5 run through on goal, and he finished superbly. Other than this the back four of Jay Wilson, Christophe Riff, Cob & Cian Maguire were superb.
Corkbeg were denied an equaliser by a flying Carrig keeper, when he dived to his left denying a certain goal, after Gift beat his man down the left hand side of the pitch, and curled his effort towards the top right hand corner. The resulting Killian O Driscoll corner was met well by Sam Murphy, but his effort went over the bar.
Corkbeg were unlucky not to equalise yet again, after great initial play by Cian Keohane set Cian Maguire down the wing; he crossed to Oisin McGovern, but his effort was well saved by the Carrig keeper once again. Corkbeg grew in confidence and really started to play their game. They were rewarded on the stroke of half time for all their hard work. Maguire ran down the right hand wing again, he crossed to the back post, only to see the Carrigtwohill goalkeeper parry the ball away, but only as far as Gift Obiwuru (pictured) and he drove home to tie the game up.
Corkbeg really should’ve been a few goals up at half time, but it was all square at half time; 1-1.
Corkbeg started the second half with great determination and belief and they really should’ve been 3 or 4 goals up after sixty minutes. Josh Leahy had two chances, but unfortunately he couldn’t convert either; one effort was well saved yet again by the keeper, while the other just whistled past the post. A Killian O Driscoll thunderbolt was once again met by the Carrig keeper, who had a fine game. His constant long kickouts were dealt with very well by the back 5.
Killian’s effort was his last of the game, as he was replaced by Reece Tynan. Just five minutes after his introduction, Reece got on the wrong side of his man, and he bundled the Carrigtwohill man to the floor to see the referee award the penalty. The spot kick was hit with too much conviction and it sailed over the bar thankfully. Conall Rooney was then introduced to the game, replacing Oisin McGovern, who didn’t stop running all game.
With just 15 minutes left Carrig pushed on themselves in search of a winner. They had one effort which was well saved by John Manning, after a deflection off a Beg defender, and they also had another effort which rattled the crossbar, and then, John scrambled to catch the rebound. Jay Wilson made way with twelve minutes left on the clock, which saw David Hickman replacing him. David did well to settle Corkbeg down and prevented Carrig’s big striker from getting any other chances.
Corkbeg eventually grabbed a winner with just 8 minutes remaining. Cian Keohane whipped a lovely ball in and Reece Tynan drove his header home to put the Beg 2-1 up with only a couple of minutes left. Corkbeg saw out the remainder of the game and claimed all 3 points.
Corkbeg were worthy winners in the end. The lads played fantastic football throughout the game. Credit to Carrigtwohill, they never gave up. No man of the match today, because it was a superb team performance.
CORKBEG TEAM: John Manning (C), Cian Maguire, Christophe Riff, Conor O Brien, Jay Wilson, Oisin McGovern, Killian O Driscoll, Cian Keohane, Gift O Biwuru, Josh Leahy & Sam Murphy.
CORKBEG SUBS: Reece Tynan for Killian O Driscoll (60), Conall Rooney for Oisin McGovern (68) and David Hickman for Jay Wilson (78).
CORKBEG UNUSED SUBS: Josh Murray, Sean Deasy, Daniel Murray