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FAI YOUTHS INTER-LEAGUE
Cork AUL 0 Tipperary Southern and District League 0
Both keepers played well but Cork’s Adrian O’Donovan was probably the busier of the two as the AUL and visitors Tipperary Southern District League (TSDL) played a scoreless draw in their opening group game in this season's FAI National Youth Inter-league championship.
Cork had the best chance of the game but the visitors had more of the scoring opportunities on a night more suited to sitting beside a roaring fire. The very cold conditions and the frosty skim on the field didn't help and it probably had something to do with the fact that the quality of the play deteriorated in the closing quarter.
Keeper O’Donovan was probably the top home player on the night. Full backs Trevor Dunlea and John Lynch didn't do too badly either while Grattan's John Kearney was probably best of a midfield that played second fiddle for most of the game. The Cork strikers rarely got going though late sub Alan O'Mahony promised more than most in his short spell on the field.
Tipperary had some outstanding players in their pack, including excellent keeper Ger Robinson. Skipper Paul Hoare, well helped by David Smyth, stood out at the back while Shane Long’s aerial power and Pat O’Donnell’s 90 minutes of tireless, often skilful, action gave them an edge in the middle. Their forwards didn't have much luck either but Keith McGuire looked sharp.
The best opportunity of the game fell to Cork’s Ciaran Lucey in the 32nd minute. Then, unmarked, he raced in to collect and control a cross from the right by Kanturk’s Jason O'Sullivan. But the Coachford man drove wide of the near post.
Cork AUL: Adrian O’Donovan (Douglas Hall), Trevor Dunlea (Everton), John Lynch (Kanturk), Brian O'Sullivan (Grattan Utd), Seamus Long (Douglas Hall) captain, Ciaran Lucey (Coachford), John Kearney (Grattan Utd), Brian O'Sullivan (Leeside), Rob O’Shea (Lakewood Ath.), Steve Barry (Douglas Hall) and Jason O'Sullivan (Kanturk). Subs used: Paul Walsh (Everton) for O’Shea (56th minute), Alan O’Mahony (Ballyphehane) and David O'Keeffe (Everton) for Barry and Lucey (both 84th), and Damien Kelleher (Kanturk) for J. O'Sullivan (90th).