Match Reports Nov 23rd & 24th
First Juniors defeat Grattan in FAI Junior Cup, Under 16P win in Carrigaline, Under 12P win local derby against Douglas Hall and maintain unbeaten record. Under 14 and under 15P sides also remain unbeaten
FAI JUNIOR Cup
College Corinthians 2 Grattan Utd. 1
Corinthians moved through to the next round of the FAI Junior Cup with an exciting victory over Grattan Utd. Corinthians had gone ahead early through a fine strike from Jamie Drennan but Grattan deservedly leveled midway through the second half. To their credit Corinthians rallied and they went back in front in the dying minutes when Kevin Madden scored with a superb free kick. They then survived some late pressure from Grattan to book their place in the next round.
Munster Junior League
Fermoy 3 College Corinthians Ath. 2
Corinthian Boys 3 Douglas Hall 0
Tramore Ath. 1 Corinthian Boys A 4
Corinthians came from behind to beat Tramore Athletic by four goals to one at Tramore Park. In an evenly contested first half, Tramore took the lead after 15 minutes from the penalty spot. The lads piled on the pressure and got a deserved equaliser when David Cotter's shot was blocked and Andrew Greany reacted quickest to make no mistake from close range.
Corinthians took the lead early in the second half when Brian Kennelly scored from the penalty spot after David Cotter was taken down by the keeper. Corinthians were now in complete control with Ruairi Moriarty and Daniel Harte dominating at midfield. Moriarty set up Andrew Greany for his second goal and Ben Lucey scored the fourth from the penalty spot after Andrew Greany was upended. Overall, this was an excellent team performance in the second half with the lads fast fluent passing game causing problems for Tramore's defence. Best for Corinthians were Max Scanlon, Ruairi Moriarty and Andrew Greany.
Glounthaune Utd. Corinthian Boys B
Carrigaline Utd. 1 Corinthian Boys 1
A clash built up as one of the games of the season lived up to its title as Corinthians & Carrigaline played out an exciting 1-1 draw in Ballea Park. It was Corinthians who started the better as they stamped their authority on the game, different to the expectancy of a large Carrigaline following. This dominance continued as Cors created a host of chances but were unable to convert any, missing the element of luck needed in such tight games. The most notable of these chances came from a well struck Conor Russell free kick which came back off the crossbar & eventually cleared by a grateful Carrigaline defence. This element of luck came to Carrigaline 5 minutes from half time as a Carrig free kick was eventually turned in after confusion in the box. This didn't dampen Cors spirits though as a refreshed, motivated Corinthians began the second half in search of an equaliser. But Carrigaline were determined to keep their lead, resulting in fierce competition all over the pitch for every ball. Corinthians slowly got on top of their opponents but the Carrigaline defence stood firm. The equaliser finally came with 10 minutes to go when a great run & pass from Adam Idah picked out Daniel O'Donovan who fired an unstoppable shot into the top corner. Both sides were unwilling to settle for a point which made out for an exciting finish to the game. There were chances at both ends but after a great save from Alan Kelleher & excellent defending from Patrick Buckley & Tony Brophy it became clear that Corinthians weren't going to concede. That left cors the opportunity to steal a winner, but this too wasn't to be after a great attack from Jaze Kabia, Rory Doyle & Adam Idah ended in a good save from the Carrigaline goalkeeper. Credit to the Corinthians coaches & players, staying unbeaten after an excellent result away to a good team.Under 15
Springfield Ramblers 1 Corinthian Boys 8
Corinthian Boys B 2 Mayfield Utd. A 1
The U15 B’s gave themselves a mountain to climb when they gifted League Leaders Mayfield the opener in Corinthian Park on Saturday.
Mayfield who were promoted as last season’s Division 4 winners having taken 4 of the points from the same fixtures last year came to Corinthians bringing last year’s form with them. The early exchanges were crisp with both sides “up for it”. Mayfield’s early threats came through the centre whilst Corinthians came mostly down the flanks with Right Back James McCarthy and Conor Mason in front of him combing well to exploit Mayfield’s weakness on that side . As the half progressed Corinthians settled into their possession game and forcing Mayfield to work very hard for the ball. Corinthians were rocked when a move down their left broke down leaving space behind the otherwise excellent Bartek Szulc which Mayfield’s Right Mid exploited to deliver a low cross across the box to be rifled home by their unmarked No.9.
The goal, whilst ominous did not knock Corinthians off their rhythm. Mayfield biggest threat came from their central players but Alex Chandler in particular in Corinthians mid field stood up well to the test, breaking up their play time and again and swiftly shifting the ball wide.
Corinthians consistently dragged Mayfield left and right and in one such move Bartek Szulc and Caleb O’Reilly atoned for their earlier mistake to combine well and using Rory Kennedy in the centre who set O’Reilly free deep in Mayfield’s half. His low driven cross was met on the volley by Evan O‘Hea leaving Mayfield’s keeper rooted to the spot.
Corinthian’s second just on the half time whistle was a product of the same excellent interchange between Midfield and the flanks, but this time from the right. James McCarthy at Right Back, Conor Mason at Right Mid and Alex Chandler in the centre combined to suck Mayfield’s left out of position creating space for Conor Mason down the right. Mason rounded their left back and if his cross was the best of the day then Even O’Hea duly responded with the finish it deserved, rising up between Mayfields Centre Backs and heading deftly on the turn to send the ball crashing past the helpless keeper.
Whilst Corinthians could have had more in a second half the dominated for long periods as Mayfield tired they were forced to defend in numbers for the last 5 minutes as Mayfield threw the kitchen sink at Corinthians in an attempt to claim a draw but Ciaran Walsh, Nick Brown and notably Greg O’Callaghan in defence stood firm giving the B’s 3 wins out of 3 and top spot.
Cobh Ramblers 3 Corinthian Boys A 1
A bad day for the boys as they struggled to cope with the physicality of the Cobh side and didn’t threaten at all in the first half. Cobh created few chances themselves but a speculative shot from 35 yards out looped into the air and dropped into the roof of the net giving Odhran Murphy deputising in goal no chance. The lads started the second half much better and got an equaliser within 10 minutes when David Harrington finished from close range. They were on top at this stage but couldn’t add a second and with 10 minutes to go Cobh scored to put the result beyond doubt. In the dying minutes Cobh added a third and the boys will have to learn to compete physically if they want to return to the top of the division.
Carrigaline Utd. 0 Corinthian Boys 1
Corinthians secured three excellent away points thanks to a second half goal from Chris Og Jones. In a tight contest Carrigaline had the better of the first half but Corinthians with Mathew Draper outstanding at Centre half defended well and came more into the game during the second half with their improvement rewarded with the winning goal.
Ballinhassig 0 College Corinthians A 00