Under 13 Premier through to National Cup Final

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Cabinteely  0  Corinthian Boys  3

College Corinthians U13s had a well-earned victory in Saturday’s National Cup semi-final in a game played in bright sunshine in Jackson Park on Saturday. Corinthians played against a stiff breeze in the first half but settled quickly and forced Cabinteely onto the back-foot. They went close from two George Coomber corners with Eoin Redmond heading narrowly wide from the second. The deadlock was broken two minutes before half-time when the Cork side won a free-kick on the edge of the box and Coomber beat the goalkeeper with an unstoppable shot to give them a deserved lead.

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Corinthians started the better in the second half and extended their lead five minutes into the half when Robert Geaney-O’Brien ran onto a Matthew Healy pass and coolly slotted past the keeper. The match was ended as a contest two minutes later when a sweeping move ended in Geaney-O’Brien meeting a Michael Nason cross to put the Cork side three ahead. Cabinteely were struggling to cope with the physical presence of their opponents and Geaney-O’Brien was unlucky not to complete his hat-trick when an effort hit the post. In addition, Mark Redmond was denied by a great defensive header while Shane Cotter saw a long-range effort go narrowly wide. To their credit Cabinteely did not give up but found it very difficult to get past Daniel Squires who gave a man-of-the match performance in the heart of the Corinthians defence. They had an opportunity to reduce the deficit after 50 minutes but had a shot from the edge of the box capably dealt with by Cian O’Leary.

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Corinthians now return to Dublin for the final on 16th May when they face St. Josephs Boys who beat Leixlip 1-0 in the first game.

Team: Cian O’Leary, Sean Cantillon, Shane Cotter, Eoin Redmond, Daniel Squires, George Coomber, Daniel Meade, Joe Harte, Matthew Healy, Michael Nason, Robert Geaney-O’Brien.  Subs: Jack Leonard, Mark Redmond, David Welch, Alex Hill,  David O’Sullivan, Destiny Okonkwo.

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