Cork spot-on to seal final berth
Cork City 3 Limerick 1
Published 09/08/2011 | 05:00
A PENALTY shootout was not required at Turner's Cross last night but a pair of spot-kicks helped Cork City to advance past Limerick to the final of the EA Sports Cup.
With the visitors having taken an early lead, Davin O'Neill levelled from the spot in the 28th minute, and then, when a second was awarded in extra-time and the winger had departed the field, sub Vincent Escudé-Candau did the necessary from 12 yards before Graham Cummins wrapped things up in the 117th minute.
Limerick, with former Cork pair Joe Gamble and Denis Behan in their side, started well and were rewarded after 13 minutes when Peter Hynes curled a fine effort past the despairing dive of Mark McNulty.
O'Neill's penalty brought parity but Limerick almost won it in the 93rd minute only for a brilliant Danny Murphy clearance off the line from Paudie Quinn's effort.
In extra time, Escudé-Candau hit the crossbar before the penalty, won by Cummins after he had got on the end of a Murphy long ball. The striker then secured victory after he was put in one-on-one and finished well.
CORK CITY: McNulty; Turner, Kavanagh, Spillane, Murphy; O'Neill (Escudé-Candau 78), Duggan, O'Halloran, O'Brien (McGreevy 100); Cummins (D Morrissey 119), Sullivan.
LIMERICK: Ryan; White, Purcell, McCarthy, Bhandarkar (Frost 73); Judge (O'Leary 89), Gamble, Tracy, Hynes (Brosnan 67); Quinn, Behan.
Referee: R Rogers (Dublin).
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