Cobh Wanderers 6-2 Tramore Atl. 11.10.14
The senior team helped themselves to a comfortable three points against Tramore at Oldchurch Park on Saturday afternoon to maintain their position at the top of the league. An early goal set the tone for the game when after six minutes Conor Meade was fouled outside the box. Shane Geasley stepped up to curl a low shot round the wall and out of reach of the keeper just inside the right post. Wanderers were guilty of giving away silly free kicks in the first twenty minutes. Tramore had three frees in front of goal in this period but put all efforts into the Wanderers wall from three different takers.
A long pass from Timmy O’ Shea picked out Meade after 24 minutes. He cut back inside the box only to have his legs taken from under him for a stonewall penalty. Meade managed to pick himself up and slot the penalty home to double the advantage. Wanderers didn’t have it all their own way and it took a lot of work by Kyle Downing to keep them at bay throughout the first half. Mikey O’ Shea was Wanderers most creative player on the day and many of the chances created came through him. On the half hour Mikey worked the ball out of defence and played it forward to Meade who pushed it past the defender and ran onto his own pass. His ball across was miss-kicked by Eddie Nolan and a good chance was lost. Tramore forced a series of corners that had Brian Fitzgerald busy heading away to safety. One of these clearances was off the goal line when Wanderers were living dangerously.
Three minutes before the break a long ball out from the back was flicked on by Stapleton to Meade who lobbed the keeper and just missed the corner of the goal. On the stroke of half time Geasley won a corner when his attempted cross was blocked. Fitzgerald met the corner with a powerful header that went well wide. The home team wrapped up the points in the first quarter hour of the second half adding four goals without reply in a blistering spell. Chubbs was first up with a powerful free from 25 yards that took a deflection but probably would have ended up in the net anyway such was the force of the strike. Three minutes later Chubbs played Meade through on the keeper. Meade delayed ‘till the keeper committed himself and then delicately chipped him for a lovely finish. Eleven minutes into the half Peter Nolan picked out his brother Eddie at the far post. A simple headed finish and Eddie put Wanderers five up.
Next it was Peter Nolan’s turn to get on the score sheet. Stapleton flicked the ball to Meade who in turn flicked onto Nolan who cut inside the defender and curled a right foot effort to the corner of the net. Wanderers took their foot off the pedal after that and Tramore were awarded a soft penalty when Fitzy was adjudged to have fouled in the area. Dorney scored from the spot to get Tramore off the mark. A corner on 26 minutes brushed the head of Fitzy and fell to Owen Kinsella. His shot went wide but only seconds later he forced a great save from the Tramore keeper who had to dive full length to push his effort round the post. Downing again had to make some last ditch tackles to keep Tramore at bay. Meade found Mikey with a back headed on 32 minutes. He pushed the ball to the end line before pulling it back to Chubbs who got a shot away though he was falling backwards. His effort sailed wide. Mikey O’ Shea, who deserved a goal for his efforts, went clean through despite the ball getting stuck under his feet and eventually got a shot off which he unfortunately blazed over the bar. With two minutes remaining Eddie Nolan put Chubbs in the clear but with all the time in the world he decided to hit a volley first time that lashed off the crossbar away to safety.
Two minutes into injury time Wanderers gave up another soft goal following a corner which was spilled to the feet of the Tramore player who accepted the gift. Crosshaven in the firing line next Sunday….get it!!!
Team: Jason Greene, Eddie Nolan, Peter Nolan(Dave Stack 60), John Meade, Brian Fitzgerald, Timmy O’ Shea(Gary Collins 60), Mikey O’ Shea, Kyle Downing, Conor Meade, Ian Stapleton, Shane Geasley(Owen Kinsella 65)
Scorers: Shane Geasley 6, Conor Meade 24 & 50, Ian Stapleton 49, Eddie Nolan 56, Peter Nolan 60. Tramore 64 & 90+2