Sadlier redeems himself to keep Cork's double dream alive
Bray Wds 0 Cork City 1
Kieran Sadlier went from villain to hero in less than five minutes as Cork kept their double dream alive.
The winger missed a penalty but then scored his first goal for City as the holders got their name in the last 16 for today's second round draw at FAI headquarters in Abbotstown.
"It's great we won. Even better to get the goal. But the main thing was that we're in the hat for the next round," revealed the former West Ham trainee after they saw off Bray on Saturday at the Carlisle Grounds.
With the Premier Division champions-elect bidding to make the final for a third year in a row, Shane Griffin played a 55th-minute one-two with Sadlier down the left flank only to brought down in the box by Aaron Greene's challenge. However, Lee Steacy dived to his right to keep out the spot-kick.
Yet, the former Sligo Rovers man did break the deadlock just four minutes later.
From Griffin's left-wing throw-in, he exchanged passes with Sadlier who spun away and brilliantly curled a cracking right-footed effort from 16 yards that found the far right top-corner of the net.
"I was annoyed at missing the penalty. But you can't let it get into your head. I suppose the best way to react was scoring," remarked Sadlier.
"It's nice to get the goal and get the weight off your shoulders. It's all about performances and winning games as well. The most important thing is that we're into the next round. And hopefully we can get a home draw."
Cork manager John Caulfield praised the 22-year-old's performance. And predicted the best has yet to come.
"It was a brilliant goal by Kieran and we will see a lot more of him next season and beyond because he's a brilliant footballer with quick feet and a fabulous talent. Everyone loves a left-sided player and he's a magic player."
The Leesiders' supremo added: "He's come into a club like ours and you don't understand the pressure that's here - everyone around the city knows you - and you are in the papers all the time, there's no escape. It's demanding but he's getting there and he's an exciting player to watch, he's a crowd-pleaser and he's a Cork City player now."
Without a win in their previous five games, just 531 fans turned up at the Carlisle Grounds. Despite being available after a ban, home custodian Peter Cherrie was injured in the warm-up. And was replaced between the sticks by Steacy. "Peter done his back in, some sort of spasm. He couldn't bend down. Obviously he couldn't play. But Lee did well again. He's a good deputy," said Bray boss Harry Kenny.
"There was plenty of positives. I thought were the better team in the first half, possession-wise. I was a bit disappointed the way we started the second half. They were always going to lift it which they did. And we have to be better at defending."
Bray Wanderers - Steacy; Buckley, Kenna, Clancy, Moore; Sullivan, Salmon (Lynch 84); Brennan, Noone (McCabe 64), Marks (Pender 59); Greene.
Cork City - McNulty; McCormack, Delaney, Williams (McCarthy 81), Griffin; Bolger, Morrissey; Beattie (Campion 61), Buckley, Sadlier; Sheppard.
Ref - Robert Harvey (Dublin).