Corkbeg got 2017 off to a good start in AULDiv2A, with a 4-1 win over Castleview in Whitegate on Saturday afternoon. It was far from a vintage Corkbeg performance on the day, but they did enough to get the job done on a bitterly cold afternoon.
Corkbeg started lively and kept the Northside team on the back foot from the start. And the Beg took an early lead, when Cian Fleming won a great ball in the Castleview half to set Jordan Tynan free and he got to the byline to send a low ball across goal for Shane Bennett to fire into the roof of the net from 6 yards. Tynan could have made it 2-0 soon afterwards, when he took a long Shane Bennett ball around the goalkeeper but his shot from an acute angle was cleared off the line by a Castleview defender. Castleview did have some half chances: firstly, their winger had a shot saved & then, Colin Horgan made a great recovery tackle when their striker bore down on goal. They also had two free kicks that narrowly missed the target. But, it was Corkbeg who doubled their lead on the half hour, when Dylan Casey slalomed past a couple of challenges and set up Cian Fleming, whos shot from 25 yards took a big deflection to wrongfoot the Castleview goalkeeper and put Corkbeg 2-0 up. It could and should have been more before the break. Jordan Ryan had a volley from 15 yards brilliantly saved by the goalkeeper, Jordan Tynan also had a close range shot well saved & just before half time, Colin Horgan somehow headed wide from 4 yards from a free header at the back post.
Corkbeg continued to dominate in the second period without ever hitting top gear. They tried in vain for long periods to finally put the game to bed, but all too often the wrong option was taken and the final ball was generally bad. At times, they were trying to walk the ball into the net. There were still some good performances on the day, especially from Cian Fleming, Dylan Casey, Jordan Tynan & Aidan Cotter. There were some good chances too: Dylan Casey fired over the crossbar from 8 yards and Jordan Tynan fired inches wide following a good run. Close to the end, Corkbeg substitute Marcin Aszyjczyk hit a shot that narrowly missed the bottom corner, but Castleview also went close, when their striker found himself in acres of space, but his flicked finish went harmlessly wide. In the 89th minute, Castleview did get their consolation, when a long ball from the back wasn’t cleared and their striker was quickest to react to slot the ball home from an acute angle to suddenly make a game of it. It was short lived. Straight from the kick off, Corkbeg got the ball wide to Jordan Tynan and his deep cross was smashed into the net on the volley from 10 yards by Marcin Aszyjczyk. And deep into injury time, Aidan Cotters low drive across the 6 yard box was turned in by Fred Wenham to complete a deserved, but laboured 4-1 victory for Corkbeg.
Team: P. O Reilly, C. Horgan, F. Wenham, I. Casey, D. Keegan, A. Cotter, C. Fleming, D. Casey, J. Ryan, S. Bennett, J. Tynan. Subs: S. O Halloran for Ryan(55mins), D. O Neill for Casey(75mins), M. Aszyjczyk for Fleming(80mins)