Morrissey strikes late for Cork
Danny Morrissey's late goal was decisive as Cork City overcame Crusaders in the first leg of their Setanta Cup quarter-final at Turner's Cross.
Crusaders looked to have earned a hard-fought draw after soaking up Cork's pressure for much of the game, but in the 88th minute sub Morrissey headed home Adam Rundle's cross following Danny Murphy's short corner to give the home side a crucial success.
With the northerners minus six regulars, the pre-match expectation among the bulk of the 1,026 crowd was that this game was Cork's for the taking, but, while they had the better of the first-half chances, they could not forge ahead.
Their best chance in the opening period fell to Ian Turner in the 29th minute after striker Daryl Kavanagh – who looked dangerous – played him in, but French goalkeeper Yohann Lacroix smothered the winger's effort.
The flow of the game continued in Cork's favour after the break, though the outcome was the same until Morrissey's decisive input.
CORK CITY – McNulty; N Horgan, K Murray, D Murray, D Murphy; Turner (Rundle 80), Healy, G Morrissey, Healy (D Morrissey 69), Duggan, D Horgan; Kavanagh (Behan 69).
CRUSADERS – Lacroix; McKeown (McAllister 59), Magowan, Leeman, McClean; McMaster, Gibson, Robinson, Heatley; Snoddy, Owens.
Ref – A Kelly (Cork).