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Monday, September 28, 2009



When Corkbeg hold what secretary Jim Reaney promises to be the biggest 25th anniversary bash later this year, they'll have the County Cup on the top table. The success came at Turner's Cross, their victims none other that the Brooklodge Utd side that had defeated The Beg in the previous season's decider, thereby providing mighty motivation for the Whitegate lads to come back and try again.

Corkbeg had quite a good league campaign and finished third to Ballyvolane in One B. But the county cup was their number one target and the competition brought out the best in them.

The road to the Cross began in November with a potentially tricky away game against neighbours St John Bosco's Utd but Reaney and ace striker Dan Kenneally were in superb form and shared four goals as The Beg advanced 4 - 1. They also scored four as they eliminated third division Killumney 4 - 0.

Killavullen had the cheek to go one up in Whitegate in the next round but a last quarter brace by Kenneally helped Corkbeg advance to the last eight. The quarter-final against Park Utd was a nailbiter, keeper Peter Cashman emerging as the hero with three saves in the shootout which followed the scoreless game.

The semi-final against second division Crosshaven was something of an anti-climax, The Beg making sure of a date in Turner's Cross by winning the first leg 5 - 0. They then went to Crosser and won the second 4 - 2. In a hard fought final against Brooklodge, The Beg took the cup on a 1 - 0 scoreline.

Top scorers in the County Cup run were: Kenneally (7), Reaney (5), Kenneth O'Keeffe (2), Willie McCann (2), Tim Daly (1), Niall Falvey (1), Declan Horgan (1), and Kieran Higgins (1).

The men who masterminded the successful campaign were club chairman Terry

Dunne and John McCann, the team selectors. Dunne has been involved with the club since its foundation and won Saxone and President's Cup medals in 1983. McCann scored twice in that President's Cup final against Carrigaline and is another long serving member.

Corkbeg include two Saxone triumphs in their honours list, the most recent in 1991. Their stars in that victory were the versatile Reaney, playing at centre half. Another ace was Willie McCann, the matchwinner against Brooklodge, who ended this season by being selected to play for the Cork AUL in their Tayto cup game.

The full panel is: Peter Cashman (keeper), Kenneth Horgan (full back), Steve O'Donoghue (sweeper), Joe Sheehan (centre half), Brian Martin (full back), Jim Reaney (midfielder), John Mulcahy (midfielder), Kenneth O'Keeffe (midfielder), Tim Daly (midfielder and captain of the 83 double winning team), Timmy Hyde (midfielder), Brian McCann (midfielder), Willie McCann (Midfielder), Declan "Stan" Horgan (winger), Niall Falvey (winger), Dan Kenneally (centre forward), Kieran Higgins (forward).

In addition to Reaney's 25th revels, the club will be publishing a history in the near future, much of the research done by Reaney himself. Corkbeg recently organised a club crest design competition among local schoolchildren who came up trumps with a design which has been handpainted on to the dug-out in Corkbeg and which according to Gunners fanatic Reaney is "better than anything Arsenal ever had on the North Bank".

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