Saturday 18 November 2017

Caulfield lauds 'fantastic' Cork as they ease to semi-final spot

Longford Town 1 Cork City 4

Karl Sheppard of Cork City shoots to score his side's third goal, from a penalty. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Karl Sheppard of Cork City shoots to score his side's third goal, from a penalty. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

It was all about the professionalism of performance for John Caulfield at City Calling Stadium on Saturday night as the holders eased past First Division Longford to reach the FAI Cup semi-finals.

Despite a tame start, Cork's patience paid off as they took the lead on 24 minutes when Kieran Sadlier's corner sailed directly in at the far post.

Stephen Dooley of Cork City in action against Tristan Noack-Hofmann of Longford Town. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Stephen Dooley of Cork City in action against Tristan Noack-Hofmann of Longford Town. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Four minutes later Jimmy Keohane doubled the lead, shooting low to the net after Shane Griffin's cross from the left picked him out in the box.

Karl Sheppard added the third from a 44th-minute penalty following a foul on him by Longford keeper Jack Brady.

Sheppard was there again six minutes into the second half, racing onto substitute Connor Ellis's ball over the top to rifle home Cork's fourth.

Robbie Williams sliced Peter Hopkins' cross over his own keeper Mark McNulty to gift Longford their consolation goal on 62 minutes.

Karl Sheppard of Cork City in action against Daniel O'Reilly of Longford Town. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Karl Sheppard of Cork City in action against Daniel O'Reilly of Longford Town. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

"It was a great professional performance," said Cork manager Caulfield.

"Our first half was fantastic. We moved the ball brilliantly, one and two-touch, and our pace was great.

"We got some quality goals. The second half we started well and got another great goal.

"Overall, to get four goals away from home and to be back in the semi-finals of the cup for the third year in a row is a great feeling.

Achille Campion of Cork City in action against Daniel O'Reilly of Longford Town. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Achille Campion of Cork City in action against Daniel O'Reilly of Longford Town. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

"The lads after last week (losing at Shamrock Rovers) were a bit disappointed, so the only answer is to come on the pitch, start moving and working hard and that's what we did and we're delighted to be in the semi-finals."

LONGFORD TOWN: Brady; Friel, Haverty, O'Reilly, Noack-Hofmann; Dillon (Cowan, h-t), Zambra, Verdon; Hopkins (Chambers, 75), O'Sullivan, Kehoe (Simon, 60).

CORK CITY: McNulty; McCarthy, Williams, Delaney, Griffin; Bolger, Morrissey; Dooley (Ellis, h-t), Keohane, Sadlier (Campion, 75); Sheppard.

REF: Derek Tomney (Dublin).

 

Karl Sheppard of Cork City in action against Karl Chambers of Longford Town. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Karl Sheppard of Cork City in action against Karl Chambers of Longford Town. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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