College Corinthians 1 St Mary’s 0by Cork Sports News August 19, 2019
College Corinthians 1 (Browne 25) St Mary’s 0
College Corinthians drew first blood in the Munster Senior League Premier Division on Saturday afternoon at Castletreasure with a narrow but deserved victory against visitors, St Mary’s.
The first half performance from Joe Gamble’s side was right up there in terms of football but their reward was a solitary goal that was well worked from a corner kick.
Mary’s to their credit were much improved in the second half and their performance could possibly have yielded a point.
The only goal came on 25 minutes and it was inevitable that Corinthians would open the scoring, surprisingly though it came from a set play.
Evan Galvin who was a threat all day played a short corner to Ross Welch and Welch took a few Mary’s players out of the equation with a delightful ball back to Galvin and his delivery was powerfully headed home by Nathan Browne.
The football was continued to be played by Corinthians as they went in search of a second and another good passage of play involving Browne, Ian Mylod and Welch resulted in Aidan O’Mahony getting a shot off that was straight at Oisin Barry with 35 minutes on the clock.
Browne went through on 38 minutes and look destined to make it two but Barry was out again to make a very smart save.
And Browne tested Barry again within a minute as Corinthians continued to set the tone.
Mary’s were working hard with Alex Smith and Eoin Murphy keeping Corinthians defence on their toes with their pace and trickery but a speculative effort from Murphy from distance was the best they could muster.
The visitors carried much more of a threat second half and were almost rewarded before the hour mark when Smith pounced on complacent defending but Shane Sherlock was off his line quickly to take the ball off the striker’s feet.
And Smith had another effort from a narrow angle on 69 minutes but he fired over as Mary’s continued to probe.
Corinthians were still playing football without being as threatening as they were in the first half and substitute, Alex Connolly and Galvin linked well with the latter firing wide.
In the final quarter, a Ciaran Horgan volley went flying over the crossbar as Mary’s sought an equaliser and a minute later at the other end, Barry saved brilliantly from Donnellan after a scramble in the penalty area from a corner.
Corinthians stood firm from a late Mary’s charge and a half-chance from substitute, Marco Crowley that drifted wide in the dying seconds was as close as Mary’s could get to snatching a point.
Shots on Target 6-0
Shots off Target 2-5
Yellow Cards 3-1
College Corinthians: Shane Sherlock, Killian O’Brien, Darragh O’Sullivan-Connell, James Furlong, Sean O’Mahony, Craig Donnellan, Evan Galvin (Stephen Fox 88), Aidan O’Mahony, Nathan Browne, Ian Mylod (David Desmond 49), Ross Welch (Alex Connolly 65). Subs: Ian Long, Evan Browne.
St Mary’s: Oisin Barry, Kyle Keeley, Jack Singleton, Adam Crowley, Paul Fitzgerald, Ciaran Horgan, Jason Conway, Cairan Hanafin, Alex Smith, Eoin Murphy, Greg Magner. Subs: Gavin Duggan, Colin Hanafin, Graham Hosford, Jamie Lewis, Alex Marshall, Alex Hill, Marco Crowley.
Referee: Shane O’Flynn.