Cork United 1 Limerick County 0
CORK United made it two wins out of two in group two of the SFAI Subway U12 Munster Inter League as they deservedly defeated a well-drilled Limerick County side 1-0 on Carrigaline United’s Ballea Park astro turf on Sunday afternoon.
A powerful finish from the talented Jayden Umeh in the closing stages of this encounter was enough to earn Cork the three points that their overall display thoroughly merited.
United opened their campaign with an impressive 4-0 victory against Limerick District back in the middle of January and they started this game in a menacing mood.
Ringmahon Rangers’ Jayden Umeh almost gave his side the lead inside the first few minutes of the game but after a powerful run took him to the edge of the area, the striker blasted his strike over the bar.
The home side remained patient in possession — midfielders Dylan O’Connell and Ben Delaney calmly stroked the ball across the pitch — as they waited for an opening in Limerick’s stubborn rearguard.
Umeh combined cleverly with O’Connell in the seventh minute but he just dragged his shot wide of the far bottom left corner.
Limerick County’s goalkeeper Ryan O’Carroll was in incredible form on the day and he denied Delaney’s low drive with his feet midway through the first half.
The shot stopper was beaten moments later but the alert right back Sean Maguire was on hand to block O’Connell’s effort on the line.
Cork finished the first period strongly and they somehow failed to take a lead into the half time break.
The main reason for that was Ryan O’Carroll as the Limerick number one brilliantly tipped Evan Peelo’s shot onto his bar, and even that quickly followed Umeh clipping the woodwork from distance.
The visitors regrouped during the half-time break and following a first period where they hardly threatened to score at all, they created a couple of opportunities after the restart but Conor Hayes and Michael Hawley couldn’t find the net.
Cork’s James Nevin made a sensational save minutes later as he acrobatically turned Ben Ross’ fierce hit against the crossbar.
And that proved to be decisive as the Rebels rallied and after O’Carroll twice denied Umeh, the number nine finally squirmed an attempt past the net minder late on to earn his team the victory.
CORK UNITED: Cian Davis, Matthew Dowling, Luke Hurley, Max Murphy, Dylan O’Connell, Ben Delaney, Lewis Linehan, Liam Creegan, Jayden Umeh.
Subs: Evan Peelo, Donal O’Connor, Adam Kelly, Ruairc Donovan and James Nevin.
LIMERICK COUNTY: Ryan O’Carroll, Sean Maguire, Michael Hawley, Evan O’Riordan, Tadgh McElligott, Cian Finucane, Ben Ross, Alex Woodland, Conor Hayes.
Subs: Rory Hawley, Jackie Dwane, Ciaran Collins, Fionn O’Leary and Cathail Connery.
Referee: Kieran Burns.