Munster Senior League
Ian Stapleton celebrated his selection in the latest Irish Amateur squad with a brace as Cobh Wanderers kept alive their title hopes with victory in a third game in six days on Thursday night.
Cobh moved to within five points of top spot and UCC with a one sided win over Douglas Hall. Considering the Island outfit, who lost in the FAI Intermediate Cup final on Saturday, but claimed a place in the Beamish Cup final on Tuesday, still have to play UCC and have a game in hand over the leaders their title fate remains in their own hands.
‘Hall largely dominated the first half playing down the slope before Stapleton grabbed his side the lead on 29 mins, stooping to head home a superb curling cross from Stack.
The goal seemed to spark Wanderers into life and at the same time deflate the home side who deserved better from the half. ‘Chubbs’ then scored a second from the spot after Kinsella was fouled in the box on 56minutes.
The striker showed great character to step up and dispatch the penalty with a confident stroke just days after missing in a the penalty shootout against Liffey Wanders at the Aviva.
Stapleton could have completed a hat-trick two minutes later when he ran clear and chipped the keeper but his effort was stopped on the line.
Alan O’ Flynn then curled a sublime effort round the keeper just two minutes after coming on and was extremely unlucky to see the ball rebound off the inside of the post and a defender was able to clear before Flynn could latch onto the loose ball.
Flynn had numerous half-chances to score and got reward for his attacking play on 75 minutes when he headed home in a crowded area following a corner which was headed back from the far post by Stapleton.
Conor Meade scored with a free kick from distance catching the keeper out at his near post to complete the scoring on 81minutes.