Corinthian Boys 2 Midleton 1
CORINTHIAN Boys stretched their lead at the top of the Blackwater Motors U12 Premier Division to four points as they deservedly defeated Midleton 2-1 at Castletreasure on Sunday morning.
Goals from David O’Connor and Mark O’Brien, either side of a Ben Cashman equaliser for Midleton, was enough to earn Corinthians a huge three points in their pursuit of the league title.
The home side started the game on the front foot and they almost took the lead after just five minutes but Dylan O'Sullivan's powerful free-kick was brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Jago Evans at his near post.
Finn Dalton latched onto a loose pass amongst the Midleton rear-guard moments later but he could only fire his effort narrowly wide of the bottom right corner when through on goal.
The visitors' defence was well marshalled by Killian McDonnell and they soon restricted their opponents to shots from distance with the lively Chris Harrington twice sailing the ball over from long range midway through the first half.
But Corinthians would soon be rewarded for their dominance as they took the lead in the 20th minute thanks to David O'Connor.
Midfielder Finn Dalton expertly laid the ball into the path of O'Connor and the forward emphatically drilled his low strike past the keeper from close range.
The Magpies came into this fixture sitting third from bottom in the league table and they were looking for a positive result to edge further away from those in the relegation places.
The half time break seemed to do them the world of good as they began the second half a different team And moments after Ben Cashman curled an excellent long range just over the bar, he levelled the scores as his set piece from the left wing deflected past the Corinthians shots topper at his near post.
Corinthians responded well to the setback and they almost retook the lead with just 17 minutes remaining with a free kick of their own but James Trainer’s thunderous strike whistled narrowly wide of the top right corner.
But the league leaders showed their class as they grabbed what proved to be the winner through Mark O’Brien.
The substitute raced clear on goal and showed no signs of pressure as he calmly tucked the ball past the keeper to earn his side the win.
CORINTHIAN BOYS: Raymond Foley Kiss, Frankie Sheehan, Vlad Lyschenko, James Trainer, Jayden Adare Bell, Dylan O'Sullivan, Chris Harrington, Finn Dalton, David O'Connor.
Subs: Daniel Mellerick, Padraig McGrath, Joe Mouret, Conor Desmond, Mark O'Brien.
MIDLETON: Jago Evans, Filip Golab, Matthew Herbert, Killian McDonnell, Kealan Crowe, Charlie Lahive, Josh Butler, Rory Hynes, Sean Curtin.
Subs: Ben Cashman, Isaac Oosthuizen, Odhran O'Sullivan, Mikey Pedley, Filip Peneakowski.
Referee: Darren O'Sullivan.