Defence Forces 2-3 Cork AUL
The Cork AUL came from behind twice before running out 3-2 winners over the Defence Forces in the end of a very competitive game at Moneygourney on Wednesday night.
All the goals came in the first half with three out of the five coming as early as the first 12 minutes.
The Defence Forces went in front when Aidan Friel was allowed time to slam home after just seven minutes.
A dreadful mix-up then between the Defence Force's keeper and his centre half allowed Phillip Brady a chance to nick possession before firing into an unguarded net four minutes later.
Then, in the 12th minute, the home side restored their lead when James Kelly advanced forward from his left-full position to pick his spot at the near post.
But, once again, the Cork AUL showed true-grit and fought back with an equaliser when Howard Coakley pounced to smash home and restore parity on 20.
With just five minutes remaining to the first half, the Cork AUL found themselves in front for the first time when failure by the Defence Force's to deal with a long throw resulted in James O'Leary rising to power home his header which in the end, turned out to be the winner.
The second half was full of hustle and bustle with the Cork AUL having had three great chances to really wrap the game up.
The Defence Forces looked lively enough on the ball but, when it came to the final third, they had very little to offer.
It was a great start for the Cork AUL with a very solid and spirited performance from everyone.