Under 13’s go down but do the Club proud

Our under journey in the National ended at the final hurdle when they went down 2-0 to an excellent St. Joseph Boys side; they gave their all but just fell short and they can hold their heads up high because even in defeat yesterday they showed the character and football that has epitomisedf their run to the final. In a competition which attracts an entry of 500+ teams they can feel rightly proud of their achiebement of reaching the final. St Josephs were national Cup winners at under 12 last year and had represented Ireland in Brazil last summer in the Danone Cup but yet for most of the game yesterday we were more than a match for them but just that littele bit of experience and the ability to play consistently at a highrer level of intensity shaded the game for them. However this not detract from a brillant effort from oour lads and from the management team of Mark Redmond, John Meade and Craig Donnellan; well done to all concerned and thanks for the memories along the way.

St. Joseph Boys 2  Corinthian Boys  0

St. Josephs began this national final strongly by limiting space for Corinthians and pressing forward regularly with skillful moves, supported by great speed. However, the Cork side responded with a spirited display to keep their Dublin opposition at bay for the first 25 minutes. It now looked hopeful that Corinthians would hold out until half time against a strong wind. However, a header from a corner gave 'Joeys' the lead in the 27th minute. A one goal deficit looked retrievable with a second half wind, until a second goal was forced to the Corinthians net in the third minute of added time.

Corinthians set about their task in the second half in very determined fashion. Eventually, pressure from the Southerners looked to have got its' deserved reward with 11 minutes remaining when Destiny Okonkwo found the net, only to see the gaol disallowed. In spite of this, Corinthians maintained their relentless pursuit of the deficit. Good shots from Matthew Healy and Robert Geaneey O'Brien were saved by a very competent St. Joseph's keeper. Their defence was excellent too and worked really hard and ultimately effectively in thwarting several Corinthians attacks.

St. Joseph's deserved their victory.

Looking back on the entire national cup competition, this Corinthians side were clearly deserving of their second place, which, bearing in mind the huge entry, was an excellent achievement. The Cork side played in this competition with honesty, skill, fairness and great spirit. Their management team supported them excellently. Following winning the double in Cork last year and the Cork cup this year, this is the first competition that this side has failed to win. 

There lies ahead a huge challenge in trying to overhaul an excellent Blarney team in the remaining matches of the Cork league. The great sports people say it is how one reacts to defeat that is the ultimate test. The league challenge immediately ahead, followed by the challenge of another tilt at the next national cup will test how this side reacts to defeat. For now, make no mistake about it, these are a phenomenal panel of 17 in every way who have given us fantastic times this year and last – and, knowing them, we expect more enjoyment ahead.

1.Cian O'Leary

2.Shane Cotter. (Mark Redmond, 45 minutes).

3.Sean Cantillon.

4.Daniel Squires.

5.Eoin Redmond.

6.Joe Harte. (David Welch, 35 minutes).

7.George Coomber.(Destiny Okonkwo, 45 minutes).

8.Daniel Meade.

9.Robert Guiney O'Brian.

10.Matthew Healy.

11.Michael Nason.(Jack Leonard, 35 minutes).

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