Caulfield lauds 'fantastic' Cork as they ease to semi-final spot
Longford Town 1 Cork City 4
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.
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.
"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.
"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).