Saturday 20 January 2018

Goals finally flow again for Cork as they cruise into cup quarter-finals

Longford Town 1-4 Cork City

Cork City manager John Caulfied. Photo: Sportsfile
Cork City manager John Caulfied. Photo: Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Cork City rediscovered their scoring touch to ease into the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup at City Calling Stadium.

Last year's beaten finalists had scored just once from open play in five domestic games since the mid-season break.

That changed in Mullollogher on Saturday night as John Caulfield's side found their range again with goals from Kevin O'Connor, Sean Maguire, Karl Sheppard and Chiedozie Ogbene to cruise into the last eight.

"We're in the next round of the cup and that's all that matters," Caulfield said. "We'd a difficult week and a half, not scoring and we've had a few draws too.

"We just said 'let's get back to winning ways', and we did that. It was a very strong performance. We played really well and we created a lot of chances and probably should have scored a few more goals.

"We hadn't scored in a few weeks. We scored from penalties but not from play, but we changed that in Longford."

Cork dominated from the start, taking the lead on four minutes. Left-back O'Connor ran on to skipper Greg Bolger's free-kick to drill his low shot to the net.

Two goals inside as many minutes midway through the second half ended the game as a contest.

Maguire pounced on a ricochet to run clear and shoot home on 68 minutes. Gavin Holohan then put Sheppard in to score with a rising shot.

Eddie Dsane shot home a rebound for Longford's consolation on 79 minutes before substitute Ogbene added Cork's fourth goal two minutes into added time.

Longford Town: Skinner; Mulhall (Chambers, 87), Gorman, Mvita, Powell; Cowan (McGlynn, 59), Gannon, O'Connor (Dillon, 67), Makouta; Simon, Dsane.

Cork City: McNulty; Beattie (Healy, 74), Bennett, Browne, O'Connor; Bolger, G Morrissey; Sheppard, Buckley (Holohan, 44), Dooley (Ogbene, 74); Maguire.

REF - N Doyle (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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