Cork IT ‘D’ 2
Carlow College St. Pats 1
Carlow College St. Pats were knocked out of the CFAI Eustace Cup last week by a Cork IT ‘D’ side who finished bottom of their group in the League. Discipline was an issue for the Carlow side who found themselves frustrated at the way the game was going. Adam Colton gave them the lead midway through the first half after Craig Henderson played him in on the left hand side and it was all downhill from there with chances that ordinarily would have been converted, missing the back of the net.
The game started brightly with both teams having half chances. The first real opportunity of the game came when Kevin Nolan saved from Dean Sexton of Cork. The Carlow side had their first chance when Shane Murphy shot wide from Colton’s pass. Carlow College continued to press during the first half and went close when Colton tried a shot and it was saved before Murphy hit the rebound and Owen McLoughlin in goal collected it. Nathan O’Mahony also shot at Nolan shortly before the goal. Cork had a hat-trick of chances after the goal with Craig Sukis and Eoin Kelly having opportunities cleared by Chris Conway and the Carlow defence, and Simon O’Shea shooting wide. Colton had an opportunity to double Carlow College’s lead when he shot straight at McLoughlin from Adam Connor’s free kick.
Cork IT equalised just before half time when O’Mahony was fouled by two Carlow defenders in the box and they were awarded a penalty which he then slotted to the right of Nolan. Cork started the second half the best and had an early opportunity to take the lead when Alex O’Brien hit O’Mahony’s shot wide. They then took the lead ten minutes after half time when Sexton shot and the ball bounced off Nolan and into the goal. The rest of the half saw fewer chances as the two teams cancelled each other out.
The action continued right to the end as Kevin Anthony found himself one on one with McLoughlin but could not find the back of the net whilst Conway had a shot deflected off a defender at the death. There was a scramble at the very end with Carlow College pushing everybody up in search of an equaliser but it was ultimately not enough as the Cork defence dealt with the danger. Sexton almost made it three for Cork when he shot at goal but it was easily cleared by Columb Sheridan.
Carlow College St. Patricks- Kevin Nolan, Columb Sheridan, Daniel Mackey, Chris Conway, Darren Fortune, Adam Connor, Shane Murphy, Craig Henderson, Kevin Anthony, Adam Bazziz, Adam Colton. Subs: Daniel Greville, Sergei Kapik