Corinthians clinch Under 13 Premier League Title with 4-1 playoff win over excellent Blarney side
Under 13 Premier League Play Off
Corinthian Boys 4 Blarney Utd. 1
Blarney began this play off with Corinthians in Ringmahon to decide who would win the league at a blistering pace. The opening exchanges were extremely competitive from both sides.
In the 20th minute, Robert Geaney O'Brien opened the scoring with a header following some fine play from Corinthians. Nine minutes later, Blarney equalised following a corner. Cian O'Leary produced two fine saves in the Corinthians goal during the first half to ensure parity at the interval.
The third quarter passed with the match still level, but with Corinthians gaining the upper hand. In the 47minute, Matthew Healy blasted an unstoppable shot to the Blarney net to put Corinthians 2-1 in front. Seven minutes later, Robert Geaney O'Brien sprinted onto a through ball from Michael Nason to make in 3-1. Daniel Meade completed the scoring with Corinthians fourth from a fine low shot to the corner of the net in the final minute.
1. Cian O'Leary.
2. Sean Cantillon.
3. Shane Cotter.
7.George Coomber. (Michael Nason, 45 minutes).
8. Matthew Healy.
9. Robert Geaney O'Brien. (Destiny Okonkwo, 58 minutes).
10.David Welch. (Joe Harte, 55 minutes).
11.Jack Leonard. (Mark Redmond,45 minutes).
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Following their victory over Riverstown on Tuesday night our Under 13 Premier squad have finished level at the top of the Under 13 Premier League with Blarney Utd. Both teams end the season with a league record of 17 wins and one loss with their only defeat coming against each other. The two teams deserve great credit having shown such remarkable consistency throughout a long hard season. Now it all comes down to a Play Off next Sunday morning in Ringmahon Park. Our own lads having suffered the disappointment of the National Cup Final loss to St. Joseph Boys showed tremendous courage and resilience to recover from this setback to win five must win league matches to reel in Blarney, now they have to regroup and gather themselves and hopefully arrive fresh for what is going to be a huge challenge against Blarney.
The game kicks off at 10.30am in Ringmahon Park and should be a cracker so do try and get there and support the team
Riverstown 0 Corinthian Boys 6
In their final league game of the season on Tuesday evening, Corinthian Boys U13s had a fine 6-0 victory away to Riverstown. An own goal from the home side after just 2 minutes opened the scoring for Corinthians. This lead was extended further by a brace of fine goals from striker Robert Geaney O'Brien after 18 and 20 minutes respectively. On the stroke of half-time George Coomber made it 4-0 for Corinthians with a long-range cross shot. In the second half David Welch coolly slotted home a fine Matthew Healy cross to make it 5-0. Scoring was complete with the Riverstown defence conceding a second own goal on 58 minutes.
This victory now puts Corinthians level with Blarney at top of the premier division. Incredibly both these sides have achieved 17 wins and just 1 defeat (to each other!) in the league. As a result, the teams will have to meet yet again this season, in a play-off match to decide who will finish league champions. A nail-biting finish to a fantastic season for both sides.
Team: C. O'Leary, S. Cotter, M. Nason, A. Hill (D. O'Sullivan 37), S. Cantillon, G. Coomber (M. Redmond 43), D. Meade, M. Healy, J. Leonard, D. Welch (J. Harte 43), R. Geaney O'Brien (D. Ohonkwo 40).
Midleton 2 Corinthian Boys 7
The visitors took the lead via a Daniel Squires header in the fifth minute. The advantage was doubled in the fifteenth minute when Eoin Redmond blasted to the corner of the net from outside the box. Midleton responded with tremendous spirit. They opened their account with a long range shot in the twentieth minute and then equalised two minutes later. After a further two minutes, Jack Leonard restored Corinthains lead with a fine shot. Destiny Okonkwo made it 2 – 4 with a brilliant header on the stroke of half time.
Jack Leonard blasted to the net immediately after the resumption, this time with his left. Michael Nason used his 'weaker' (left) foot too three minutes later when he found the bottom corner from the edge of the box. JL almost completed his hat-trick at the end of the third quarter when he blasted against the crossbar. Daniel Meade followed up on the rebound and headed to the net. In the 63rd minute, Corinthians completed the scoring with an extraordinary team goal. Joe Harte won the ball in midfield and passed to Destiny Okonkwo. There followed a further circa half dozen passes at pace, culminating in a Mark Redmond placed shot to the top corner of the net.
Corinthian Boys 3 Ringmahon Rangers 0
The match began at a high pace with both sides in determined mood straight from the kick off. In the fifth minute, George Coomber floated a typically fine corner from him into the Ringmahon area. The corner was met on the half volley by Mark Redmond. He controlled the ball with the outside of his right foot with a first touch by guiding the ball to the top corner to open the scoring.
Ringmahon responded with a fine passing display in search of the equaliser. They came closest in the 21st minute when a fine shot was brilliantly saved by Cian O'Leary with a dive low to his left. The visitors continue to push forward but were held at bay to leave the home side a goal ahead at the interval.
In the first minute of the second half, Robert Geaney O'Brien broke down the right hand side. His fine cross was met with an equally fine David Welch header to double the lead.
The match was made safe in the 45th minute when David Welch
scored again, this time with an excellent low shot to the net.
1. Cian O'Leary.
2. Sean Cantillon.
3. Michael Nason. (David O'Sullivan, 50 minutes).
6. Daniel Meade. (Joe Harte, 50 minutes).
7. George Coomber. (Jack Leonard, 50 minutes).
8. Matthew Healy.
9. Robert Geaney O'Brien. (Destiny Okonkwo, 45 minutes).
10. David Welch.
11. Mark Redmond. (Alex Hill, 55 minutes).
Carrigaline Utd. 1 Corinthian Boys
The visitors had a dream start in this vital away match in Carrigaline when they took the lead following a move straight from the kick off, which resulted in Robert Geaney O'Brien side footing to the bottom corner of the net.
In the last minute of the half, the home keeper dealt expertly with a fine George Coomer free to ensure parity at the break.
The match played to a nervous conclusion with the visitors retaining their one goal advantage throughout normal time. Jack Leonard scored in injury time to give a 3 – 1 win to Corinthians.