Under 13 Premier through to National Cup Final
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.
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.
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.