AOH Cup action dominates for local clubs
THE majority of teams were involved in the second round of the AOH Cup last weekend with Coachford and Kanturk recording impressive wins. As the competition is open to all sides in every division, the AOH Cup is not a title that most teams would hope to win, and Millstreet, Rathcoole and Newmarket were among those who bowed out with a good performance.
In contrast, Kanturk continued their excellent start to the season with a 4-2 win at home to City Wanderers, a Division 2 side from Douglas. While the visitors went ahead through an own-goal after only five minutes, the sides were tied at one-all by halftime thanks to Johnny Lynch's equaliser after 15 minutes. The goal came from a well-hit free kick.
Kanturk effectively won the game with two quick goals almost on the hour. Striker Martin Riordan scored both within three minutes and progress to the third round was never really in doubt after that. Despite City Wanderers' increasingly defensive play, Don O'Mahony scored from outside the box to make it 4-1 to the home side. Kanturk were comfortable during the remaining twenty minutes though Wanderers got a second goal three minutes from full-time.
Kanturk will hope to carry their good form into the weekend when they play away to Munster Senior League side Cobh Wanderers in the FAI Cup.
Still in the AOH Cup, Coachford's A and B sides both progressed to the third round with impressive wins. Their B side, who play in the third division, took all the plaudits with a 4-2 win at home to Springfield A, a Premier League side four divisions above them. The sides were tied at one-all at halftime, and Sprinfield took the lead early in the second half. While Mark Sheehan and Cian Herlihy both scored for Coachford, Marc O'Donovan came off the bench to seal the win with two second half goals.
Meanwhile Coachford A had a comfortable 4-1 win against Knockavilla who hardly threatened to score for most of the game. John Corcoran scored twice in the opening twenty minutes, the second goal a well-hit volley off his left foot. Alan Jeffers scored twice for Coachford in the second half. He made it 4-0 when he knocked in the rebound of a penalty with 20 minutes to play. Knockvilla scored their goal with only a few minutes on the clock.
The homeside continued to dominate on the restart and went four ahead with twenty minutes to play. Alan Jeffers got the final goal when he scored the rebound from his own penalty. Coachford's cup duty continues this weekend when they play Premier League leaders Pearse Celtic in the second round of the FAI Junior Cup.
Macroom's A side also had a comfortable win and progressed to the third round by beating Richmond two-nil away from home. Macroom started strongly and went up 1-0 with a goal from James O'Connor, their on-form striker. Centre half Trevor O'Brien scored the second shortly before half time and his side continued to dominate in the second half. Barry Healy also put in a good performance on the day.
Meanwhile Park United had a tough loss at home to Hibernians in an exciting clash that finished 4-3 to the visitors.
The defeat was especially disappointing for Park as they got to the final of this competition last season and also in 2008.
Watergrasshill United also had some AOH Cup heartbreak as they went out at home to Strand on penalties though they can take some positives from an improved performance overall.
The game was decided on a penalty shoot-out. Michael John O'Sullivan and Cormac Murphy both scored for Watergrasshill but, despite two good saves from their keeper Gavin Cronin, Strand won the shoot out 3-2 with their last penalty.