Match Reports Oct 18th & 19th
Corinthians ran out 2-0 winners in a tricky away tie in the 3rd round of the National Cup this weekend.
The game started well for the away side, dominating possession and limiting Douglas Hall to very little time on the ball. After about 15 minutes, Aidan Barry opened the scoring with a ferocious strike from the edge of the box which flew in to the roof of the net. The goal came after some brilliant play from Andrew O'Brien and Luke O'Leary on the right wing.
The next noteworthy moment came when Douglas Hall tried to counterattack but they were stopped by the excellent Daire Burke who was outstanding all day with his ball winning skills. He put in a brilliant tackle in midfield to halt a very dangerous Douglas hall counter attack.
Corinthians continued to push for a second but couldn't pull further away before half time. Rob Walsh had two magnificent strikes from distance, one forcing a corner and the other just grazing the crossbar. It wasn't all plain sailing though, with Gavin Ryan having to be very alert in the Corinthians goal to claw a shot from just under his crossbar, appeals that it had crossed the line were fruitless.
The second half saw much of the same dominance from Corinthians and after some good work from Rob Walsh on the left, Corinthians won a free kick which Brandon Idah sent in to the top corner from outside the left side of the box.
The game finished 2-0 to the away side and another away tie lies ahead against either Avondale or Midleton. If the backline can produce anywhere near the solid display of this game then Corinthians have every chance of progressing to the open draw.
Corinthian Boys A 5 Bunratty 1
Corinthians came from behind to record an excellent victory over a very gallant Bunratty who urged on by their large following gave a fine performance on the day. Corinthians goals came from Ciaran Kenny (2), Emanuel, Ddaniel O’ Regan and a superb strike from Adam Sheehan. In what was a fine team performance from all sixteen Corinthian players Fionn Coleman, Liam Flynn and Conor O’ Sullivan deserve special mention for their tremendous work ethic and and fine play on the day.
Wet and windy weather, together with a soft playing surface, made playing conditions very difficult. Despite this, Corinthians tried hard to play good football from the very start and got their reward on 12 minutes when George Coomber scored Corinthians' opener with a well-taken goal. Then Mallow Utd goalkeeper made two great saves to deny fine efforts from Robert Geaney O'Brien and Sean Cantillon before Robert got his first goal of the match on the 25 minute mark to make the score 2-0 to Corinthians. At this stage Corinthians had the majority of the possession with Mallow Utd's best goal-scoring attempt coming from a good long range freekick that went narrowly over the crossbar. For the second half Corinthians were playing with a strong wind behind them. The Mallow Utd keeper continued to make some great saves until he was eventually beaten for the third time by a Daniel Meade long range effort on 45 minutes. Corinthian's scoring was complete after 53 minutes with Robert Geaney O'Brien scoring his second and Corinthians' fourth. So Corinthian Boys are safely into the third round where a very near neighbour awaits them.
TEAM – C O'Leary, S. Cantillon, D. Squires (S. Cotter 35), E. Redmond, D. O'Sullivan, G. Coomber (M. Redmond 35), J. Harte, M. Healy (D. Meade 35), M. Nason (D. Ohonkwo 35), D. Welch, R. Geaney O'Brien.
Corinthian Boys A 3 Avondale Utd. 1
Corinthians A had a fine victory over Avondale in blustery conditions on Saturday morning; they went ahead just before half time when Dylan Buckley scored with a fine free kick. They added to their advantage when backed by a strong wind in the second period with Rhys Calinan and Roger Timmons on the score sheet. In fairness to Avondale they never threw in the towel and they a deserved goal before the finish.
Douglas Hall 1 Corinthian Boys 2 AET
The Under 14 premier team had a close call at a keenly contested national cup game in Douglas Hall. With a strong difficult wind blowing down the pitch, Corinthians decided to play into the wind, a strong passing game soon had the lads in control but the end product was not there.
The team continued to press eventually forcing a corner on 20 minutes, a good delivery was fired home by Scott Phillpott, who had a fine game at centre half. Indeed, he was causing chaos in the Douglas Hall ranks with a number of strong runs in the first half. The first half ended with Corinthians leading by the 1 goal. A poor clearance 10 minutes into the second half led to a mix up in defence and Douglas Hall punished the error with a fine shot past Richard Lombard. This led to Douglas Hall gaining confidence and starting to press more, however the Corinthians defence held firm. At the other end the forwards were limited to shots
from range and couldn’t find a way past the Douglas Hall keeper.
The game ended 1-1 and headed into extra time, with no real clear cut chances it looked like penalties were looming, however a long clearance by Richard Lombard in the last minute was chased down by the very impressive Robert Geaney O’Brien, who calmly slotted it home, much to everyone’s relief.
Well done to Douglas Hall on a very sporting and competitive encounter.
Corinthian Boys A 0 Corinthian Boys 6
Corinthians Boys advanced to next round of the national cup after a dominant display played in strong winds in Castletreasure. The opening exchanges of the game were quite even and it was only after half an hour that Corinthians Boys began to take control of the contest, when a good ball through from Daniel O'Donovan allowed Beineon O'Brien to finish well into the bottom corner and give them the lead. Eight minutes later Corinthians doubled their lead, after a Robert Cregan corner found Patrick Buckley in the box who volleyed it in from close range. At the break Corinthians made some changes which gave them more strength in depth going forward. This resulted in two more goals again stemming from great link up play between Daniel O'Donovan and Beineon O'Brien, each adding a goal and an assist to their tally. By this time Corinthians Boys had full control of the game and were unlucky not to score more than the one goal scored by Rory Doyle, an excellent finish and Corinthians' fifth of the game. A solid performance all over the field from Corinthians A ensured a tough opposition for Corinthians Boys and an entertaining game for all. Great performances from Colin O'Mahony, Daniel O'Donovan and Conor Bowdren helped to seal Corinthians' passage into the next round.
Corinthians A 3 (David Mc Gregor; Killian Moriarty : Aaron Purcell ) Buttevant 2
Did not look to be our day when numerous spurned chances had us 2 nil down going into last 15 mins of the match.However this Cors team just keep playing and kept taking the game to the opposition who were only content in playing out time by then.
David Mc Gregor gave us hope with a fine taken goal with still enough time left on the clock.Soon after Killian Moriarty came in from the left to make it 2-2. Cors sensed their chance and kept pushing for a winner which was provided by a well taken goal by Aaron Purcell.At the end of the day this was a well deserved win by a bunch of lads who just never give up.Sean Goggin worked hard all day, Sean Canny in goal kept Cors in it while Cian Barry filled in well in midfield.