Donie Ford Cup
Cobh Wanderers set up a mouthwatering Donie Forde Cup final date with Avondale at Turners Cross thanks to a relatively comfortable victory over UCC on Saturday.
Wanderers found the net either side of the break to put the students to the cup sword and secure a final berth.
A dull first half of few chances was lit up by a stunning header from John Meade on the stroke of halftime, powering the ball to the net following a superb Peter Nolan corner kick delivery.
Wanderers had control of the midfield where Emmet O’ Hanlon in particular was putting in a dominant performance after the turn. It was no surprise when O’ Hanlon who was instrumental in Wanderers grabbing a second on the hour mark
Shane Geasley set O’ Hanlon away on the inside right channel and he bore down on the goal that his brother Cathal was protecting.
Emmet O’Hanlon’s shot on goal was not a clean one but his brother was unfortunate to lose his footing and as he stretched to palm the ball to safety he could only manage to put it into the path of Ian Stapleton who tapped in from close range.
The second half developed into the battle of the O’ Hanlons as again on 71 minutes the Wanderer’s O’Hanlon went clear on the right and was denied by the O’Hanlon of UCC.
The Wanderers midfielder almost got the goal his performance deserved on 79minutes when he ran from inside left across the edge of the box before hitting a right foot shot inches wide of the left-hand post.
Stapleton should have bagged a third on 87minutes when he connected with a sweet cross delivered by James Stoat from the right, only to see his effort somehow sail over the bar from three yards out.
It mattered little as the Cobh side progressed regardless.