AUL COUNTY CUP SEMI-FINAL
Leeside 'B' 2 Ballincollig 1 (Leeside win 3-2 on aggregate)
LEESIDE B advance to the County Cup Final after a deserved 3-1 win over the two legs to progress to take on Hibernians in Turners Cross.
On another day, in another game Ballincollig would be looking forward to the date in Turner's Cross, but it wasn't their day. Leeside took their chances and managed to hang on despire intense Ballincollig pressure to make the County Cup Final.
There was nothing between the teams after the one all first leg and it was the visiting side that took the game to their opponents. Ballincollig had plenty of the ball but seemed to lack the cutting edge which has typified their play for most of the season.
Leeside B took advantage after 15 minutes of some poor defending by Ballincollig. Richard Hyde struck the ball across the goal and it made it's way to the unattended Darren Walsh, who fired it into the back of the net. Ballincollig had a succession of corners soon after, but couldn't find the breakthrough and Leeside led at halftime.
Soon into the second half and the second goal came. An exquisite ball over the top was met by Jamie Barry who timed his run for the superb through ball; and his excellent finish put Leeside up 2-0 on the day and 3-1 on aggregate. Ballincollig soon changed their formation and some of the personnel.
It had the desired effect as Leeside found themselves hemmed into their own half. The pressure told when a penalty was awarded for handball in the box and Trevor Murphy coolly slotted the ball home, putting the keeper the wrong way.
There was plenty of time left but try as they might Gallahue's men just couldn't find the equalising goal. Leeside were dangerous on the break and perhaps should have put the result beyond doubt with one break away move only for the strikers to get their lines crossed.
When the final whistle blew Ballincollig had given it their all and just come up short while Leeside's composure, that comes with seasons in Division 1, was probably what saw them through.