For the first time in a month, Cork City’s Under 19’s found the winning formula to score a fully deserved 3-1 home win over Galway’s Salthill Devon at Bishopstown yesterday afternoon.
For the past four games against St Pat’s, Shelbourne, Finn Harps and Shamrock Rovers – City have played out 1-1 draws – but a superb Alan Browne hat-trick gave the home side all three points for a change yesterday.
Cork were a goal to the good at the break when the ex-Ringhamon Rangers man got between two defenders to shoot to the net from Jason Forde’s cross.
Then two second half goals in the space of five minutes sealed the win for the Paul Bowdren/Stuart Ashton managed Cork City as the impressive Browne completed his and his team’s first hat-trick of the campaign.
Browne made in 2-0 with a first time finish on the end of another deep-flighted, left-footed cross from Forde and his third stemmed from a corner and ended with a top corner finish from the edge of the box.
Salthill scored a consolation goal with five minutes to go but that didn’t in the least detract from man of the match Browne’s five star performance as he played in the ‘hole’ behind front man Rob Lehane.
Browne who hails from Mahon is one of the most versatile players at the club and already this season he has played at right-back, in midfield and in attack.
“It was a relatively easy win for us today and we would have won by more but we missed a few good chances too.”
“We gifted Salthill Devon their goal when we switched off at a throw-in and they scored a late goal,” said Ashton afterwards.
City’s best performers yesterday were the trio of Alan Browne, Jason Forde and John Kavanagh.
With Waterford losing 4-2 at home to St Pat’s – Cork have jumped up a place in the Elite Division standings and they go to league leaders UCD and the Belfield Bowl next weekend.
Report with thanks to Noel Spillane (Evening Echo)