A large crowd enjoyed a nice evening's weather in Turner's Cross as Corinthians edged out St. Mary's with a late goal to win the under 13 local cup.
St. Mary's began strongly and retained the upper hand for most of the first half. They came closest to taking the lead in the 25th minute when 'keeper – sweeper' O'Leary was forced to race well beyond his box to clear. Moments later, Daniel Squires cleared the Corinthians lines following another threat on goal.
George Coomber replied for Corinthians a few minutes later with a fine strike from outside the box which went narrowly over. On the stroke of half time, Jack Leonard also came close for Corinthians, leaving the final scoreless at half time.
Mary's retained a slight upper hand on the resumption against a gradually improving Corinthians side. Extra time looked likely but Corinthians poured forward with a determined move in the 59th minute in an attempt to find the breakthrough. The ball broke at the edge of the box to Joe Harte, who squared a pass to Matthew Healy. MH walloped a fierce drive low to the net in spite of a great effort from the Mary's keeper to save.
1. Cian O'Leary.
2. Sean Cantillon.
3. Shane Cotter (David O'Sullivan, 59).
8. Matthew Healy.
9.Jack Leonard, (Mark Redmond, 49).
10.David Welch (Joe Harte, 44).
11.Michael Nason (Destiny Okonkwo, 42 minutes).
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Congrats to Corinthian Boys who won the U13 Cup Final against a brave St. Mary's team in Turners Cross. After an even first half which finished 0-0, Corinthians upped the ante in the second half. However they found it difficult to break down a resolute Mary's defence and a very solid keeper in Dylan Foley. However with three minutes to go Corinthians midfielder Matthew Healy latched onto a loose ball and slotted a great shot to the bottom corner from outside the box.
It was a super goal and deserved to be a match winner.
Mary's tried hard to get back on level terms but time ran out and Corinthians were Cup winners.