Match Results Jan 30th & 31st
Westport Utd. 2 Corinthian Boys A 0 AET
Corinthian Boys A bowed out of the National Cup yesterday but only after putting up a fine team performance against an excellent Westport Utd. Side.
It was a big ask for our lads playing against a West port side who had qualified for the open draw defeating Castlebar Celtic 4-0 so there was no doubt that our lads were facing quality opposition as you would expect in the last 32 of the National Cup.
The game was played in difficult conditions but both sides adapted well to provide a thrilling cup-tie. Playing against a strong breeze in the first half Corinthians stated brightly and played some neat football early on without threatening. It was not long before Westport came into the contest and backed by the elements they dominated much of the opening period forcing several corners but the Corinthian defence was very resilient with Dylan Ryan, Stephen Samuel, Tom O’ Mahony and Gary Farkes outstanding and net minder Darren Sheehan pulling off one particularly memorable save. With Fiachra Twohig leading by example in the middle of the park and Dave Bennet and Ugo Okwonko with little ball looking lively up front Corinthians went in at half time happy with their lot with the game scoreless.
In contrast to the first half it was Westport who started the better in the second half and with more space in the midfield they looked very dangerous at times and it took a superb save from second half keeper Daniel Walsh to keep the scores level. Gradually Corinthians worked their way back in to the game and Luke O’Herlihy, Dave Bennet and Ugo al had half chances which could have won the game for Corinthians but Westport were still creating opportunities at the other and the game was balanced on a knife edge. However neither side could make the break through and the game remained scoreless at the end of moral time.
And so to extra time and halfway through the first period Westport went in front when one of their strikers broke through and in the ensuing scramble the ball was knocked into the empty net. To their credit Corinthians raised their game and drove forward in search of an equalizer but were to pay the price when a swift break by Westport in the second period of extra time resulted in a superb second goal for the home side as their striker flicked a ball up before volleying home from the edge of the area. Corinthians never threw in the towel and Dave Bennet scraped the post in the last minute for what would have been a deserved goal for our lads. Shortly afterwards the final whistle was blown and an excellent Westport side proved deserving winners but our lads can hold their heads up high after a great team performance.
A big thank you to Stephen Bennet who did sterling work in preparations for the trip organizing overnight accommodation etc. also a huge thank you to the parents and families who travelled in great numbers and gave the lads brilliant support on the day. In this regard special mention must be given to Eoin O’ Sullivan and his parents who made the long trek to Westport even though Eoin could not play due to injury.
Carruigaline Hibernians 1 Corinthian Boys A 2
The U14a team got their first league of 2016 away to Carrigaline. The blustery but dry conditions were always going to influence the outcome and the lads saw their first few attempts drift wide of goal. Corinthians controlled most of the first half and were rewarded on the 23rd minute with a sweet right foot volley from Roger off a corner from Daragh. The lads kept the first half lead, thanks to a superb save from the U13 keeper Ben O'Leary who was on duty for the day.
Both teams started well but Carrigaline were taking more control and continuos pressure was rewarded when they were awarded and converted a penalty on 24 mins. Corinthians nearly retook the lead moments later with a free kick being saved on the line. Corinthians kept applying the pressure and should have been rewarded with the a second with 4 mins to play only to see Matthews shot hit the bar. The winner finally came minutes later from a beautiful solo run from Sandro. Final score 2-1 to Corinthians. Great performance from the team.