Fantastic night of Cup Football sees Under 12 teams enjoy mixed fortunes
U12 B -V Kinsale Albert Conboye Cup
Corinthian Boys B 3 Kinsale 3 (Cors won 7-6) on penalties
Corinthians U12B team hosted Div 3 team Kinsale on Monday night in what has to be one of the most exciting games seen in at Corinthians Park for quite some time.
Despite being ranked two divisions lower, Corinthians had the better chances in the first half and went in at half time deservedly ahead through a Brian Corkery goal.
An early Jack Higgins goal in the second half put Corinthians two up with about 20 minutes to go. However Kinsale were now getting into the game more and two goals
for Kinsale within five minutes of each other tied the game at the end of normal time. The first half of extra time was scoreless. Corinthians lost Ronan Wilson injured and having used all their subs
were faced with playing the second half of extra time with only ten men. Both teams were visibly tired at this stage and when Kinsale were awarded a penalty, it seemed a gallant effort by Corinthians would go unrewarded. The penalty was coolly dispatched. However Corinthians piled on the pressure for the last few minutes and some how, inevitably, it came down to one last chance. With the keeper off his line, Robert Walsh curled the ball over the entire Kinsale defence into the top of the net from about 25 yards out wide on the right to tie the game at 3-3. Memories of the great Eric Hogan came flooding back. It was majestic!
And so it came to penalties. Five penalties were scored by each team. Robert Walsh, Brian Corkery, Jack Anthony, Marvyn Konan and Jack Higgins were Corinthian's penalty takers. Daniel Coakley then scored the first sudden death penalty. Andrew Depuis then dived to save and that was that. It was a great game between two teams who gave everything. It is a cliché that it overused that it is a shame when one team has to lose but this was surely one such situation. The Kinsale parents clapped their own team off the pitch and then, in a lovely gesture of sportsmanship, waited to clap the Corinthian's team off the pitch also. It was just one of those nights when in the broader context, football really was the winner.
Park Utd. 4 Corinthian Boys A 3
Our Under 12 A squad were not so fortunate as their Club Colleagues as they lost out in a seven goal thriller, a cracking with both teams giving their all, Rhys Callinan and Aidan Barry were on the scoresheet for Corinthians and Andrew O' Brien was excellent in goal