Thursday 14 December 2017

Cork exit as Reykjavik find extra gear

KR Reykjavik 2 Cork City 1 (KR win 3-2 on aggregate)

Cork's City's Garry Buckley in action at Reykjavik
Cork's City's Garry Buckley in action at Reykjavik Newsdesk Newsdesk

There was agony for Cork City as they bowed out of the Europa League to ten-man KR Reykjavik after extra-time in Iceland last night.

Cork were 15 minutes away from qualifying on the away goals rule for the second round and a meeting with Norway's Rosenborg when KR's skipper Palmi Palmasson stabbed home the equaliser from close range.

Cork took the lead on 13 minutes when Ross Gaynor's ball over the top found Mark O'Sullivan and his drive took a deflection up and over goalkeeper Stefan Magnusson.

They were still ahead at half-time - and were firm favourites as KR had centre-half Skuli Jon Fridgeirsson sent off on a second yellow on 44 minutes for a rash tackle on O'Sullivan, having been booked earlier for a bad challenge on Karl Sheppard.

But rather than giving City the edge, it had the opposite effect and KR dominated the second period. After prolonged pressure, they got the goal they deserved when Palmasson netted to force the game into extra-time.

KR's substitute Thorstein Mar Ragnarsson planted a header off the bar just seconds after John O'Flynn volleyed over at the other end.

But KR grabbed the winner when Jacob Schoop rounded Mark McNulty to slot home ten minutes into extra-time.

KR Reyjkavik - Magnusson; Gunnarsson (Ragnarsson 71), Fridgeirsson, Christenssen, Josepsson; Saevarsson (Ormarsson 52), Palmason (capt); Hauksson, Schoop, Frederiksen; Martin.

Cork City - McNulty; Dunleavy (capt), Bennett, Murray, O'Connor; Healy, Buckley; Sheppard (O'Flynn 80), Miller (Kearney 65), Gaynor; O'Sullivan.

Ref - A Anufrijevs (Latvia)

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