Schoolboy teams return to action with fine victories
It has been an extremely difficult time for the Club both on and off the pitch with the tragic loss of Vivian O’ Regan wife of Club secretary John O’ Regan and mother of under 16 player David. It was fantastic to see John and David back in the Club today with David outstanding as the under 16’s made a welcome return to action with victory over Lakewood.
This was followed on Thursday evening with the news that the Cork Clubs including under 12, 13, 15 & 16 sides from Corinthians had withdrawn from this season’s National Cup. The reason for the withdrawal was that one region the Dublin and District Schoolboys League (DDSL) had been allowed by the FAI to conduct their own seeded draw for their region which clearly broke SFAI Rule 2 © which states that seeded draws are not allowed.
On August 24th 2013 the SFAI had drawn all eight regions including the DDSL region but the DDSL refused to play under this draw and on Jan 8th the FAI gave the DDSL sanction to do their own draw. (See full statement from Cork Clubs on another page on this website)
The Club fully appreciates what a great disappointment this is for all our players and managers who worked so hard to get out of Cork and were looking forward to making a significant impact in this year’s competition. As most will know the Club has never won a National Cup completion losing in six finals and having lost out in finals for the last two years hopes were high that this could be our year but the running of the completion has been interfered with by the DAI and a definite bias now exists in favour of the DDSL region which the Cork Clubs could not accept. Hopefully the disappointment ad frustration will make our players more determined then ever to win their own domestic league and cup titles.
Added to this the bad weather of recent weeks has meant that a number of our teams have not played since before Christmas; therefore it was great to see our under 12, under 14 and 16 Premier squads back in action. Our under 12 and 14 squads had not played since Dec 7th but thanks to great work by Grounds Man Denis Barry we were able to get Sunday’s games played. Indeed I don’t think I have ever seen the Corinthians senior pitch in better condition.
The teams responded to Denis’s efforts with great performances as all three sides recorded excellent victories
Corinthian Boys 3 Lakewood Ath. 0
Corinthian Boys 3 Douglas Hall 0
After an 8 week lay off the last thing our under 14 premier side wanted was a top of the table clash with local rivals Douglas Hall, but that's the way it worked out for them this weekend. Playing with a strong wind at their backs the Hall opened brightly and came close to opening the scoring after 10 minutes with a fine strike that was well saved by Corinthians keeper Alan Kelleher
Corinthians were on the back foot for most of the first half but determined defending by Patrick Buckley, Tony Brophy, Conor Russell and Ger O'Mahony meant the sides went in scoreless at half time. With the Corinthians lads now getting up to the pace of the game the second half was to be an altogether different affair, At this stage Jaze Kabia and Daniel O'Donovan were in superb form and in total control of midfield.
The opening goal of the game came after 45 minutes when a Robert Cregan corner forced over the line by an under pressure defender.
The home side went two up 5 minutes later when Mark Cronin fired a 25 yard free kick into the roof of the net. At this stage it was all Corinthians and Rory Doyle made it 3 nil with 5 minutes to go when he scored from close range.
All in all a good days work !!!!!
Corinthian Boys 4 Lakewood Ath. 0
The lads were a bit rusty in our first game in 5 weeks, but still dominated the game with a depleted squad, due to injury and holidays.
The first goal came 23 minutes when Mark Buckley's powerful shot was to good for the Lakewood keeper, 5 minutes later a through ball by Colin O Brien to mark and he got his second. Joe Harrington made a top drawer double save on 36 minutes, really incredible how he managed to get back to his feet and pounce on the ball all in the space of 20 seconds. We went 3 up on 46 minutes when a through ball by Ross Welch to Mark who got his hat trick.
Lakewood got a goal back on the 68th minute, but we responded 2 minutes when a through ball by Sean Cooke to Mark who made no mistake for his 4th goal. Lakewood kept trying and got a second with 6 minutes remaining.
Dave O Regan was at his very best today, which was great to see after the recent loss of his mom Vivian.
David Dalton, Bryan Cotter played very well.
Joe Harrington, Sean Desmond, Mark O Leary, Bryan Cotter (Ciaran Couch 68mins), David O Regan, David Dalton, Ross Welch, Sean Cooke, Colin O Brien, Mark Buckley (Harry Shanahan 70mins) David Hogan (Gavin Holland 70mins).