Monday 16 September 2019

Melody strikes right note for Galway as Cork City suffer bittersweet Cup symphony

Galway United 1 Cork City 0

Conor Melody of Galway United in action against Conor McCarthy of Cork City during the FAI Cup second round clash at Eamonn Deacy Park in Galway. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Conor Melody of Galway United in action against Conor McCarthy of Cork City during the FAI Cup second round clash at Eamonn Deacy Park in Galway. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Galway United created a massive shock as they dumped Cork City out of the FAI Cup at Eamonn Deacy Park.  

Neale Fenn was in attendance after leaving Longford Town and is likely to replace John Cotter as Cork manager.

The visitors trailed 1-0 at half-time after Conor Melody’s opener and Cork didn’t have a single shot on target as they limped out.

Cork could have taken the lead in the fifth minute but Mark O’Sullivan’s header from a Kevin O’Connor cross finished wide of Kevin Horgan’s right post.

Galway worked their way into the game with Conor Barry and Melody providing and outlet up front.

The hosts looked more dangerous and Cork's next real opportunity didn't come until the 45th minute when Gearoid Morrissey blazed his shot over.

But two minutes later Stephen Christopher sent in a corner and Conor Melody bundled home the finish to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.

Galway were the better team again in the second half and Cork couldn’t find the answer against their youthful energetic opponents.

Melody and Higgins had a couple of chances to extend the lead and Cork couldn’t score even with five minutes added.

Galway United: K Horgan; J Lynch, K Brouder (C Murphy 85), S Walsh, M Ludden; D Higgins, J Collins, M Nugent (C Horgan 82), S Christopher; C Barry, C Melody (V Faherty 84).

Cork City: M McNulty; C Horgan, C McCarthy, D Casey, R Hurley; J Coustrain (S Griffin 45), G Buckley, G Morrissey, K O’Connor (K Sheppard 31); M O’Sullivan, E Stokes (B O’Brien Whitmarsh 75).

Referee: Robert Rogers (Dublin).

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