CORINTHIAN Boys' U13 squad are preparing for a national final just months after they faced the prospect of missing out on competing for the cup due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Corinthians had already lost out on the chance to win the Roy Keane U13 Premier title when last season was cancelled, but now they have the chance to follow on from Carrigaline’s U16 National Cup success when they face Mervue in Turner’s Cross on Saturday.
Corinthians stormed through the Cork rounds with some excellent results.
A 5-0 win over Leeds was followed by a penalty shootout victory over Douglas Hall after an engaging 2-2 draw at Castletreasure.
Then, to qualify for the national rounds, Corinthians beat Riverstown 2-1 at home. Corinthians then prepared for a Skechers SFAI U13 National Cup clash versus Balbriggan at Castletreasure, and the talented Cork team won 1-0 before defeating Corduff 2-1 at home.
Corinthians defeated Evergreen 3-0 at home in the quarter-finals to make it through to the last four.
Corinthians were the first U13 team to book their place in the semi-finals and the youngsters faced Willow Park with the victors securing a place in the final.
On the day, goals from Chris Harrington and Daniel Mellerick — and a Padraig McGrath hat-trick — sealed a 5-2 win for Corinthians, and the Cork side go into the final with confidence aplenty.
The Corinthians youngsters will go up against a talented Mervue United side in the final tomorrow.
Mervue have produced some impressive performances of their own en route to the final, including a 5-3 semi-final victory over Aisling Annacotty.
Barry McGrath is delighted his side has the chance to compete in the final of the SFAI Skechers National Cup.
“Confidence is high, and the players are buzzing ahead of the final.
“We are dealing with a lot of injuries at present, but a few of the younger players will be involved alongside the rest of the team and, overall, the players know they have a great chance of winning a national trophy.
”Preparation has been going well. The parents are very much looking forward to the final and the fact that it is at Turner’s Cross is fantastic.
“Corinthians won their first National Cup at Turner’s Cross, and hopefully we will add ourselves to the list on Saturday.”