2020 - Junior A Football - Jim Ryan Cup

Cobh (0 - 6) VS Midleton (4 - 8)
Date Sunday 20 September 2020
Time 14.30
Venue Lisgoold
Referee Brian Murphy
Competition Junior A Football Football Championship
Round 6
  Jim Ryan Cup

Kieran Murphy CRY104fm Match Report

Magnificent Magpies emerge triumphant against Cobh

Midleton have booked their spot in this 

years Jim Ryan Cup Final. The magpies cruised to a 4-8-0-6 victory against Cobh. The Islanders had no rebuttal for Midletons constant attacking pressure, as the men in black and white created an abundance of goal scoring opportunities. Cormac Beausang slammed home two while Garan Manley and Luke Dineen grabbed one each. 


The link up play between Manley and Beausang was the catalyst for Midletons phenomenal victory. The magpies were also immaculate on the defensive front. Only conceding six points in a championship semi final is quiet outstanding. Naming a handful of players wouldn’t do justice to the torsion performance put in by the fine Midleton defensive unit. No one underperformed on the defensive end for the 2018 Jim Ryan Cup Champions. 


From the get go, Midleton had a grip hold on the affair.  Cobh registered six wides in the opening half. This was more down to the bus parked in front of the Midleton goal rather than poor offence from Cobh. Every shot was made difficult for the Islanders, which is a credit to Midletons backs. Two quick fire goals in the first half was the highlight of the phase. Cormac Beausang drilled home the first after twenty five minutes. Three minutes later, the magpies had the ball in the back of the net again. Luke Dineen was the scorer as the men in black and white roared into a seven point lead. Cobh finished the first  with two points to round off the half.  At half time, Midleton led 2-3-0-4.


Midleton steamrolled the Islanders in the second, outscoring last years finalists 2-5-0-2. Garan Manley stood out like a sore thumb, playing an intricate role in the majority of Midletons attacking play. Manley contributed 1-1 himself in the half while Beausang hammered home 1-2. Luke O’Farrell also deserves a mention. He pivoted the Midleton attack, and while he didn’t get on the score sheet his presence was crucial. 


For Cobh, it was a game that they couldn’t quiet get a grip hold on with the Midleton backs emerging victorious from almost every battle. Diarmuid Kearney played well on the way to notching four points however it was Midletons day in Lisgoold. It finished in the East Cork Junior A Football Championship Semi Final Midleton 4-8-0-6 Cobh. The magpies take on Carrigtwohill in next weeks final which promises to be a mouth watering derby.