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Luck deserts Southend as holder progress in MYC

With 14 minutes left in this exhilarating Munster Youths Cup tie Southend United looked odds on favourites to win this cup game.

However Cork City got what every team needs in a close game they received a huge slice of luck, with twelve minutes to go John Tracey raced onto a pass from Thomas Wall the ball seemed to be going wide but Paddy Barrett in his haste to clear could only bundle the ball into his own net and Cork City were through to the semi final.

It was heartbreak for Southend who pushed holders all the way.

It took 20 minutes for the first decent chance of the game to arrive, Glen Hawe swung in a cross to the far post and Stuart Mitchell headed the ball back across the face of goal but as Sean O'Loughlin closed in City centre back Keith O'Sullivan got back to clear the danger.

On 30 minutes Cork City took the lead with a goal against the run of play, Southend were on the attack but a defencive header by big Kalen Spillane fell to the feet of Paul Mullins and he slipped a clever ball into the run Gavin Daly and he beat the advancing Richie Roche with a fine finish.

Southend fought back and once again pushed Cork deep into their own penalty area, Glen Hawe won a corner kick down the left and when Daylan Murphy drove the flag kick to the far post in came Craig Keane to send a powerful header into the net from fourteen yards.


Southend were dealt a cruel blow two minutes from half time, Fitzpatrick floated in a free kick fro near the near the half way line, there looked little danger as the ball dropped in the box but Southend goalkeeper Richie Roche and centre back Liam O'Rorke got their lines cross and when the ball came off O ' Rorke's head it sailed over the head of Roche and into the net to give Cork City a half time lead.

Southend regrouped for the second half and they came out with all guns blazing and were level on 54 minutes, Dylan Murphy whipped in a right wing cross the ball dropped at the far post and Craig Keane pounced to slam the ball into the net from a tight angle to put Southend right back in the game and now they went in search of the winner.

On seventy four minutes Cork City went in front for the third time and this turned out to be the winning goal, Fitzparick sent Sean Stokes away down the right and he slipped the ball past the advancing Roche, Southend defender Paddy Barrett raced back to clear the ball off the line but he got his feet in a tangle and both Barrett and the ball ended up in the back of the net.

Two minutes later Cork City were reduced to ten men when Fowler was sent off for kicking out at Mitchell off the ball and referee Gavin Keyes flashed the red card.

Southend pushed Barrett upfront in the dying minutes but the Cork City defence held firm and a very unlucky Southend United bowed out of the Munster Youths Cup.

Southend United : Richie Roche, Chris Dempsey (Steve Vereker 55mins), Michael Merrigan, Paddy Barrett,Liam O'Rorke, Stuart Mitchell, Glen Hawe, Craig Keane, Mark Phelan, Sean O' Loughlin,Dylan Murphy.

Cork City: Alan Burns, Paul Mullins, Gary Connoly, Kalen Spillane, Keith O' Sullivan, Pat Dubkin, Sean Stokes, Wayne Bruton, Joe Fitzpatrick, Gavin Daly, Dan Fowler.

Referee : Gavin Keyes.

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