MSL PREMIER DIVISION College Corinthians 0 Fermoy 1. THIS wonderful win keeps Fermoy competitive and midtable in the Munster Senior League Premier Division.
This was their third win in seven starts as a newly promoted side and it makes the first half of the season in the new division a success for the club. The win was also pleasing as College Corinthians are one of the better sides in the division and they went into the game in joint second place.
The sides enjoyed an equal share of possession during the first half. Fermoy got their winner early in the game when Kurt Wheeler scored a penalty after fifteen minutes. The penalty was awarded for a clear push in the square on forward Pádraig Clancy. The visitors defended their lead well for the remainder of the first half but their chances suffered a setback when a defender was sent off for pushing during a disagreement between players shortly before half-time.
The sides were back to ten players each within three minutes of the restart when a Corinthians defender was also given a straight red card, this time for verbal dissent. The referee in charge was Alan Kelly who also takes charge of League of Ireland games and he ran the game efficiently. Throughout the second half Fermoy striker Graham Burns and midfielder Seanie McCarthy both had good attempts on goal. The visitors' work rate was also instrumental as they defended relentlessly throughout.
Kurt Wheeler's goal remained the difference between the sides at the end of 90 minutes and the win keeps Fermoy a healthy eight points above the relegation zone. For the team, it was an enjoyable end to the year as the win involved quality opposition, a top referee and excellent facilities.