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 Coachford, celebrate their win against Cobh Wanderers. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Coachford, celebrate their win against Cobh Wanderers. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
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Cork soccer: Murphy puts finishing touch on cup win for Coachford U19s

Coachford 2 Cobh Wanderers 0

COACHFORD were crowned U19 League Cup winners when they defeated Cobh Wanderers at a wet and windy Ballea Park on Wednesday night.

The visitors deserved to be victorious on the night, because they adapted to the poor weather better that their counterparts. Their back four were also superb closing down any danger from the home teams attack, and also had the man of the match Luke Casey in sparkling form spraying passes all over the park.

 Peadar O'Leary, Cork Youth Leagues, presents Luke Casey, Coachford, with the Man of the Match trophy. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Peadar O'Leary, Cork Youth Leagues, presents Luke Casey, Coachford, with the Man of the Match trophy. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

There was no surprise the game was scoreless at halftime as the crosswinds spoiled any chance for both teams to play any decent football.

The visitors broke the deadlock two minutes from the restart when Joshua Martin scored from a Casey free kick. Coachford should have increased their lead further as they had some excellent chances, however, Jack Murphy was rewarded for all his hard work when he scored in injury time to win by two.

The Wanderers keeper Cian O’Rourke was called into action in the 12th minute when he rushed off his line to save at the feet of Coachford’s Luke Casey. The visitors went close to breaking the deadlock again in the 20th minute when Adam Murphy got his head to a Jack Oldham free kick, but his effort just cleared the crossbar.

Coachford were now on the front foot, and when he skillful Casey cut in from the right wing to unleash a powerful effort that was destined for the left corner of the net, but he was denied by Wanderers' O’Rourke who made a superb fingertip save to keep the game scoreless just before the half time.

 Joshua Martin, Coachford, closes in on Cian O'Rourke, Cobh Wanderers goalkeeper. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Joshua Martin, Coachford, closes in on Cian O'Rourke, Cobh Wanderers goalkeeper. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Coachford made a dream start to the second half when Casey burst through from midfield and was brought down 25 yards from the Wanderers goal. He dusted himself down to whip in a wonderful cross that found Joshua Martin at the far post to fire into the net for a deserved lead 1-0 in the 47th minute.

To give Wanderers credit they went three at the back, and pushed men forward to try get back in the game, however, the visitors back four were very disciplined at the back to dwarf the danger.

Casey again broke from midfield, and was bearing down on the Wanderers goal in the 80th minute, but just before he could pull the trigger Diarmuid Kearney got back to make a superb tackle.

Coachford finished the game off in style when Casey found Jack Murphy free on the edge of the box to fire home in the 92th minute.

 Jack Murphy, Coachford, battling Rowland Nsbuga, Cobh Wanderers. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Jack Murphy, Coachford, battling Rowland Nsbuga, Cobh Wanderers. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

COBH WANDERERS: Cian O’Rourke, Diarmuid Kearney, Rowland Nsbuga, Morgan Dillon-Hilton, Lewis Whelan, Keelin Ryan, Brendan Falil, Evan O’Leary, Ciaran Griffin, PJ O’Reagan, Emmanuel O’Neal.

Subs: Kyle Fermedge for Whelan (65), Brian Danaf for O’Reagan (68).

COACHFORD: Tadgh O’Brien-Bradley, Padraic O’Sullivan, Jack Oldham, Mark Murphy, Emith Ahern, Tom Griffin, Joshua Martin, Adam Murphy, Cialin O’Sullivan, Luke Casey, Jack Murphy.

Subs: Mark O’Connell for Griffin (85), Arawak O’Buacwaille for Martin (88).

Referee JP Grey.

Assistant Referees: Timmy Kelleher, John Philpott.