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2009-09-09: Cork City 0-1 Celtic, Friendly
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- Friendly to help out the struggling Cork City (Ireland) club who were financially in deep trouble.
- Match was played on the same day as a round of major international matches which kept the attendance lower than should have been.
- The whole line up from Celtic was more or less a second string team (Crosas & Wilson only exceptions)
- Ex-Celt Diarmuid O'Carroll made his debut appearance for Cork City
ReviewBenefit match to aid the ailing Cork City FC. Sadly much in decline due to the current credit crunch and overbearing EPL across the pond decimating the local leagues. Local Boy Dermot Desmond sent over a second string but bad timing as the match was on the same times as a whole bunch of internationals (Ireland though played the previous night in a friendly).
We won with a goal by reserves favourite McCourt, and the other youngsters gave a good account of themselves. Good to see Barry Robson back after a long spell out injured.
Just hope that Cork can pull themselves out the whole they are in and get back into the black. Football would be poorer in Ireland without them.
TeamsCORK CITY --
McNulty (Connor HT); Lordan, Long (Mulcahy 59), Murray, Murphy; Waters (O'Carroll HT), Gamble (Duggan HT), O'Donnell, O'Neill (Silagailis 67); Kuduzovic (Cambridge 62), Deasy (Dennehy, HT).
Cervi (Giordano 83); Wilson, Gallacher (Vallers 83), Thomson (Marr HT), Conroy; Mizuno (Santonocito 75), Crosas (Beuzelin HT), Robson, McCourt, Carey; McGowan (Kurakins 29).
Referee -- Alan Kelly (Cork).
- Match Report (see below)
Mccourt celtic's ace
10 September 2009Provided by: Irish Independent
WHEN Cork City FC was on the brink of extinction in July, the announcement of this fixture effectively saved the club's bacon.
Celtic director and Cork native Dermot Desmond agreed to send a team to Leeside to ease the financial strain, but a crowd of just 3,520 turned up to witness a very entertaining game of football.
Former Derry player Pat McCour netted the only goal of the game on 10 minutes when he drove an excellent effort beyond Cork 'keeper Mark McNulty.
CORK CITY -- McNulty (Connor HT); Lordan, Long (Mulcahy 59), Murray, Murphy; Waters (O'Carroll HT), Gamble (Duggan HT), O'Donnell, O'Neill (Silagailis 67); Kuduzovic (Cambridge 62), Deasy (Dennehy, HT).
CELTIC -- Cervi (Giordano 83); Wilson, Gallacher (Vallers 83), Thomson (Marr HT), Conroy; Mizuno (Santonocito 75), Crosas (Beuzelin HT), Robson, McCourt, Carey; McGowan (Krakins 29).
REF -- Alan Kelly (Cork).
(c) 2009 Independent Newspapers Ireland Ltd
Provided by www.corkcityfc.ie
Cork City suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Celtic at Turner's Cross tonight in the much anticipated friendly match between the two sides.
In front of 3,520 spectators, former Derry City player Pat McCourt scored the only goal of the game in the first half.
Paul Doolin went for a mixture of youth and experience with his starting eleven, handing debuts to Robert Waters and Paul Deasy. Doolin rang in the changes for the second half, as did Neil Lennon, who took charge of the Celtic side for tonight.
The most familiar face for City fans, McCourt grabbed the opener in the first ten minutes. Davin O'Neill came close but fired over before this, but it was McCourt who produced an unstoppable strike from the edge of the box leaving McNulty with no chance.
Joe Gamble had the ball in the net after 30 minutes, but it was ruled out. O'Neill was played in by Faz Kuduzovic, but the former was in an offside position as he roled the ball to Gamble for the simple tap-in. Barry Robson's free kick was well saved by McNulty, while Koki Mizuno's strike was fumbled by the Ballincollig native but he recovered and pounced on the loose ball.
Former Celtic youth player Diarmuid O’Carroll was introduced for Cork City in the second half and made an impressive debut for the Leesiders. Dan Murray came close when he got on the end of Billy Dennehy's cross, and moments later Dennehy himself scuffed his shot from a good position and saw his effort easily saved by Dominic Cervi. Dennehy thought he had scored his second goal in the space of 5 days but it was also ruled out for offside when he fired home from Danny Murphy's cross on the hour mark.
Substitute Guntars Silagailis could have won it for City with two excellent chances near the end, first heading wide from a great position, and missing from 3 yards out with just the 'keeper to beat as he sent his strike well over the bar.
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(Full Time) Glasgow Celtic
Pat McCourt - Goal (10)
Cork City 0 - 1 Glasgow Celtic2009-09-09 21:45:27
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By Alan Smith
While the most important thing about tonight’s friendly was to pay-back the mystery lender who helped to pay-off the Revenue Commissioners last month, a crowd of 3,520 were in Turner’s Cross on a sunny September evening to see Glasgow Celtic’s reserve team defeat an experimental Cork City.
A predominantly unheard of Celtic side took to the field at Turner’s Cross, with Paddy McCourt the most familiar face lining out in the famous green and white hoops. Paul Doolin, meanwhile, handed debuts to Robbie Waters and Paul Deasy, though the rest of the starting eleven were all first team regulars.
Davin O’Neill fired over in the first five minutes for Cork but a moment of magic at the other end from a former familiar face in the LoI earned the early plaudits. Paddy McCourt, the former Derry City star, produced an outstanding strike from the edge of the area, hammering the ball into the top corner leaving Mark McNulty with absolutely no chance.
He had started the move originally, playing a short corner to Graham Carey who then flicked back to the 26-year-old and from the moment he struck the ball from 25 yards, you knew it would make the net bulge. In fact, McCourt was the most impressive player on the field throughout the first-half; his only flaw was poor distribution from time to time, though his clever runs and deft touch were great to watch. Despite the dominant 45 minutes, he was practically anonymous for most of the second period.
The home side had the ball in the net on the half hour mark, but it was ruled out for offside. Faz Kuduzovic’s imaginative pass to Davin O’Neill was just slightly out of sync because the former Cobh player was in an offside position. As the flag was raised, O’Neill squared to Gamble who tapped in despite Alan Kelly putting a halt to play.
Barry Robson almost doubled the Hoops’ lead on 35 but Mark McNulty got a vital touch to his free-kick, tipping the ball just over the crossbar. Koki Mizuno almost embarrassed the Cork goalkeeper a minute before the break, with his drive being fumbled before McNulty finally pounced on the ball just before it trickled across the line.
McNulty restored his credibility with a fine stop from McCourt a minute later, though he would be replaced at the break as one of four changes made by Paul Doolin. Former Celtic underage player, Diarmuid O’Carroll entered the fold for his first team debut, while Shane Duggan and Billy Dennehy also made appearances.
Duggan proved effective almost immediately, with his inviting cross being met by Dan Murray. However, the defender’s effort was just off target as the Leesiders started the second period brightly. Billy Dennehy should have done better from promising dead-ball in the 55th minute, but he scuffed the ball and American ‘keeper Dominic Cervi comfortably gathered.
The lively Duggan was at the heart of things again on 58 minutes, his effort drifting just over the bar and into the Shed End. Paul Doolin introduced another three players – debutant Stephen Mulcahy, Guntars Silagailis and goalscorer against Galway United last week, Gareth Cambridge. Despite the flurry of swaps, Cork still had several good chances.
The home team had the ball in the net for a second time, when Danny Murphy’s free-kick found Billy Dennehy at the back-post to tap in. However, the former Derry City man was judged to have been in an offside position and the home side still found themselves a goal in arrears. In the 73rd minute, Guntars Silagailis had a glorious opportunity just three yards out, but remarkably, the Latvian managed to head wide to the despair of the hordes gathered behind the Curragh Road end of the ground.
Incredibly, the front man then missed an absolute sitter three minutes later, when he was free inside the six yard box. The Latvian failed to even hit the target, sending his terrible effort over the bar, as murmurs of “my grandmother could have scored from there” could be heard echoing around the ground at full-time.
Cork City: Mark McNulty, Cillian Lordan, Kevin Long, Dan Murray, Danny Murphy, Robbie Waters, Joe Gamble, Stephen O’Donnell, Paul Deasy, Davin O’Neill, Fahrudin Kuduzovic
Subs: Shane Duggan (Joe Gamble, 46), Billy Dennehy (Robbie Waters, 46), Dan Connor (Mark McNulty, 46), Diarmuid O’Carroll (Paul Deasy, 46), Stephen Mulcahy (Kevin Long, 59), Gareth Cambridge (Fahrudin Kuduzovic, 62), Guntars Silagailis (Davin O’Neill, 64)
Celtic XI: Dominic Cervi, Mark Wilson, Ryan Conroy, Declan Gallagher, Josh Thompson, Marc Crosas, Paddy McCourt, Barry Robson, Koki Mizuno, Paul McGowan, Graham Carey
Subs: Anton Kurakins ( Paul McGowan, 29), Jason Marr (Josh Thompson, 46), Guilleme Beuzelin (Marc Crosas, 46), Luca Santonocito (Koki Mizuno, 76), Daniele Giordano (Dominic Cervi, 82), Kristanis Vallers (Declan Gallagher, 82)
Referee: Alan Kelly
Extratime.ie Man of the Match: Pat McCourt’s performance in the first half was a thrill to watch.
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