Friday night’s draw between St. Pat’s and Shelbourne meant City’s Under 19’s couldn’t be caught in the title race and accordingly Sunday’s clash with near neighbours Cobh did not turn into the ‘make or break’ encounter it threatened to be after last weekend’s results.
Despite the fact that the main business of the day would be the presentation of the Dr. Tony O’Neill trophy to the home side, Cobh Ramblers set about the match in a businesslike fashion and nothing came easy to the hosts in a competitive encounter.
With City ringing the changes for the game, Paul White had to be sharp to save at the feet of Dave Walsh early on to deny the visitors an opening goal. In truth, Cobh marginally shaded the encounter in which clear cut chances were at a premium. Second half substitute, John Kavanagh, had to perform a double block in injury time to deny Cobh local bragging rights, but the main event of the day was to involve the same player accepting the Under 19 Elite Divison Trophy from league director Pat Duffy and sponsors Airtricity in what will hopefully become part of another double winning season, when City take on league runners up Shelbourne for the Enda McGuill Cup in Turner’s Cross on April 2nd.
Cork City: Paul White, Greg Henry. Colman Kennedy (John Kavanagh), Darragh Corcoran, Jonathon Hannafin, Conor O’Driscoll, Jason Abbott, Darren Murphy, Anthony McAlavey, Conor Cannon (Alan Browne), Daniel Santry (Rob Lehane).
Subs not Used: David Browne, Jason Forde.
Referee: Tommy Mazur.