Match Reports: Ringmahon Rangers Under 14’s show what sport is all about
Kanturk 1 Corinthian Boys A 1
Corinthians dominated the opening half and it was no surprise when they went ahead courtesy of a fine lob from Daragh Egan. Kanturk however battled back after the interval and were back on level terms 10 minutes into the second half.
The game was now there for the taking and the action swung from end to end with chances for both sides; in the closing stages Corinthians piled on the pressure but just could not force the winner.
Lakewood Ath. A 4 Corinthian Boys B 5
This nine goal thriller was eventually decided by a last minute winner for Corinthians but this does not tell half the story with Corinthians racing into a 4-1 half time lead and seemingly in total control but Lakewood were having none of it and they stormed back in the second half to level the match at 4-4 only for Corinthians to have the final say with a winning goal from Jack Higgins.
Corinthians other goals came from Jack Anthony (2), Robert Walsh and Vinnie O’ Leary and Tom Hourihane deserved special mention on the day with an outstanding display
Ringmahon Rangers 0 Corinthian Boys 2
The u13 premier team had a hard fought away win over a well organised Ringmahon team. Corinthians had a few great early chances but after that it was a hard fought first half. Both team created a few opportunities however a goal did not come until the last minute of the first half when Adam Idah broke away to score a super solo goal.
The second half started with Corinthians taking control and giving Ringmahon very little time on the ball. Adam Idah again broke through to score another fine goal. The team continued to threaten, coming close on a number of occasions and hitting the post.
This was an important victory for the team having played only one league match in 4 months.
Team. R.Lombard, S.Dunlea(O.O'Keeffe 50),K.McGowan, D.Murphy(C.Murphy 30), J.McFall, S.Philpott, F.Molloy(B.Hayes 55), J.Holden, A.Idah, L.Barron(R.Dinanga 48), L.Edwards(D.Fox) M.Hill
Cors Boys A 1 Midleton 2
This is a match the lads should have won comfortably. They dominated throughout and created some great scoring opportunities, playing some lovely direct football but they just couldn't put the ball in the back of the net. Ben Lucey was unlucky not to score when his shot from 20 yards beat the keeper but hit the inside of the post. Andrew Greany finally broke the deadlock when he gave the keeper no chance from close range. Midleton equalised just before half time with a fantastic shot from 30 yards.
It was the same story in the second half with the lads unable to take their chances and they were made to pay when Midleton scored the winner in the last minute. Best for Corinthians were Ben Lucey and Daniel Harte.
Corinthian Boys 1 Ringmahon Rangers 0
Ringmahon Rangers were the visitors to Castletreasure on Sunday afternoon, with Corinthians u14s looking to get their league title defence back on track after a first loss of the season last week. The first half was a quiet affair with both teams looking quite lethargic and when half time arrived the game was scoreless, though Corinthians had much the superior possession and chances. Corinthians' back five including Conor Russell and Ger O' Mahony were dealing with Ringmahon offence well, allowing the rest of the team to create chances to find an opening goal. This goal came 5 minutes into the second half after a good passage of Corinthians play. The ball was played out wide to Pádraig Nash, who beat his man for pace in the box, resulting in a late tackle and a penalty kick. This penalty was cooly converted a minute later by Jaze Kabia.
But then disaster struck for Corinthians. When goalkeeper Alan Kelleher went down injured after contesting a long through ball, a Corinthians player innocently threw the ball out of play, keen to see his teammate receive medical attention. But the game was never stopped by the referee meaning this was an unintentional but clear handball and foul, leaving the referee no choice but to award Ringmahon a penalty. What followed can only be described as true sportsmanship by the Ringmahon players and coaches and what the game of football is all about. Seeing that this penalty decision was an innocent misunderstanding, they decided to pass up the goal opportunity and roll the ball into goalkeeper Alan Kelleher's grateful arms. This was an extraordinary sporting gesture by a Ringmahon team who are a credit to their club.
Though this act may have cost Ringmahon a share of the spoils as Corinthians held on for a tight 1-0 win, their sportsmanship will live long beyond the day's result.
Corinthian Boys 4 Rockmount 1
Corinthians maintained their 100% league record with a hard fought victory over a strong Rockmount side. Corinthians opened brightly and jumped in front after two minutes through Eoin Davis.
Rockmount recovered well from this setback and dominated much of the game without reward and it was Corinthians who were to make the game safe in the closing stages with goals from Cian Leonard (2) and James Holland before Rockmount got a deserved consolation in the final minute. Another good win from our lads but they will be the first to admit that Rockmount pushed them all the way.
Greenwood 0 Corinthians Boys 0
A hard fought battle between the two teams where Corintians were the better and should have taken all three points had they taken their chances.However the Greenwood goalkeeper was in fine form and showed a safe pair of hands throughout. Cian Barry tested him early in the first half cutting in from the left and firing a low shot which the keeper kept out. Not an ideal day for football but Cors created more chances in the second half with another Barry effort coming back off the crossbar and bounced wrong side of the goaline.Aaron Purcell had a chance with a header from a corner and later had a close shot blocked by a resilient Greenwood defence.However a hard earned point by Cors on what was always a difficult fixture.Cian Barry, Kevin Mc Cabe and David Geaney O Brien played well for