Wednesday 22 August 2018

Bizarre Sadlier strike from his own box sees Cork City seal all three points against St Pat's

St Patrick's Athletic 1 Cork City 3

25 May 2018; Kieran Sadlier of Cork City celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between St Patrick's Athletic and Cork City at Richmond Park in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
25 May 2018; Kieran Sadlier of Cork City celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between St Patrick's Athletic and Cork City at Richmond Park in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Aidan Fitzmaurice

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Kieran Sadlier has hopes of following his old West Ham team-mate Declan Rice into the senior Ireland squad, and a bunch of the current senior panel were in Inchicore on Friday night to see him score twice in a vital win for Cork City, 3-1 winners away to St Patrick's Athletic.

While Stephen Kenny's side strolled to a win at home to bottom side Bray Wanderers, Cork had to work a lot harder for the three points in Richmond Park, Cork in front with a fine finish from Jimmy Keohane on 71 minutes, worthy of winning any game.

And there was time for Sadlier to score a third for his team, a bizarre shot which went the length of the pitch, from inside his own box, deep into added time as Pat's had pressed all men forward, leaving their goal exposed. Ireland squad members Kevin Long, Conor O'Malley and Greg Cunningham had barely settled into their seats at Richmond Park when City went ahead.

Just 13 seconds had gone when referee Neil Doyle punished Simon Madden for his foul on Graham Cummins in the box, and Sadlier stepped up to score from the penalty spot. But Pat's responded well, teenage striker Thomas Byrne impressive for the home side, though for all their possession they found it hard to get at keeper Mark McNulty.

The Saints did draw level on 61 minutes, Conan Byrne on hand to fire past McNulty after James Doona's shot had been blocked, and the home side seemed to have a point in the bag. But City went ahead again, breaking forward as Keohane took a chance with a curling shot and it was enough to beat Tyson Farago in the Saints goal.

City had the points won but into injury time Sadlier came up with that long, long kick as the ball went over the line and into an empty net.

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