Corkbeg made the long trip down to Mallow, to play a strong Mallow side on a miserable afternoon. Corkbeg were on the road again after three away games in the last three weeks.
Things started badly for the Beg, as after just one minute, the home side were awarded a penalty. John Manning bringing down the Mallow striker resulted in the referee pointing to the spot. The penalty taker made no mistake, and Mallow were in front by a goal to nil with only a minute gone.
Unfortunately, Corkbeg never really got a foot in the game for the next twenty minutes, and to be honest, they were lucky not to concede more goals. Mallow were creating chances, however no chances were taken, so it remained one nil with twenty minutes played.
In the thirtieth minute, Mallow did finish a chance, when after some great play by the home side cut the Corkbeg defence open, the Mallow winger ran through on goal and slotted home to give the home side a two goal advantage. After Mallow’s goal, Corkbeg started to calm down a bit, with Cian Keohane and Killian O Driscoll starting to retain possession.
A long ball that beat the Corkbeg defense came through to John, but he dropped the ball and it fell to a Mallow striker and he was taken out by Christophe in the box, so another penalty was awarded. Thankfully the Mallow man blasted off the crossbar from the spot, and Corkbeg cleared their lines.
Sam Murphy went close to getting Corkbeg’s first with a long shot from outside the box, that was spilled by the keeper and fell to Sam again, but the keeper blocked the second attempt.
A Killian O Driscoll corner was cleared, but only as far as the six yard box where Conall Rooney blasted home to get Corkbeg back in the game. The back four of Cian Maguire, Cob, Christophe Riff & David Hickman did well to keep Mallow at bay, which saw the Beg go into the break only a goal down.
Killian O Driscoll made way for Oisin McGovern at half time. Corkbeg started to play a bit of football now and were really troubling the Mallow defence with Josh Leahy & Gift Obiwuru making continuous runs beyond Mallow’s defence. Corkbeg just lacked a killer pass. Unfortunately for Corkbeg, they conceded a third on fifty four minutes; a Mallow header unfortunately deflected off Christophe Riff and found the corner of the net to put Mallow three one up. It really wasn’t Corkbeg’s day.
Mallow nearly added a fourth, but for a good save by John Manning and an excellent clearance from the rebound by Christophe Riff. On sixty minutes, Josh Murray was introduced for the Beg as he replaced Conall Rooney. Sean Deasy then came on as he replaced Sam Murphy. Corkbeg got a foot back in the game on eighty minutes, when Gift squared the ball and it was driven home by Josh Leahy. The play leading up to the goal was superb by the Beg, David, Cian Keohane and Christophe were instrumental in the build up to goal as the Beg worked the ball superbly from the back.
Ten minutes left now, and the Beg pushed on in search of an equaliser. Mallow would’ve got a fourth all but for a superb John Manning triple save and then some superb last ditch defending from Cob and Cian Maguire to keep Corkbeg in the game.
Christophe tested the keeper with a good strike from thirty yards, but unfortunately the Mallow keeper was behind the ball to prevent a goal. Mallow sealed the game in the 90th minute with another well taken goal.
It finished 4-2 to Mallow on a wet Saturday afternoon. A poor first half from the Beg, but the second half performance was promising. Corkbeg host local rivals Carrigtwohill next Saturday afternoon down in Whitegate at 2pm.
Corkbeg team: John Manning, Cian Maguire, Conor O Brien ( COB), Christophe Riff, Jay Wilson, Conall Rooney, Killian O Driscoll, Cian Keohane, Gift Obiwuru, Josh Leahy & Sam Murphy.
Corkbeg Subs: David Hickman for Jay Wilson, Oisin McGovern for Killian O Driscoll, Josh Murray for Conall Rooney and Sean Deasy for Sam Murphy.