Plucky Cork left to rue missed penalty and late goals
Cork Citu U-19 1 Roma U-19 3
Two late goals condemned battling Cork City to defeat at Turner's Cross last night.
The visitors went ahead early on, but Cork hauled themselves level before the break.
However, Roma's class shone through in the final moments as they clinched victory.
Davide Frattesi silenced the home support on 20 minutes when he latched onto a clever through-ball from Edoardo Soleri.
There was an element of good fortune to the goal, as the midfielder's shot hit the legs of goalkeeper David Coffey and trickled over the line.
Stephen Bermingham's home side showed tremendous determination and they hit back 10 minutes later, with Aaron Drinan racing onto Cian Coleman's long ball before firing in a cool half-volley.
Cork were presented with a brilliant chance to go ahead shortly after the re-start when Drinan was fouled in the box by Lorenzo Grossi.
The striker dusted himself down to take the kick himself, but his effort was saved by Lorenzo Crisanto, who got down well.
The Leesiders defended valiantly, with Conor McCarthy and Pierce Phillips pulling off crucial interventions after the break. They also offered a threat going forward, with Daire O'Riordan and Kevin Taylor going close.
However, they were left reeling with just four minutes remaining when Soleri's speculative strike deflected off the shin of Adam O'Sullivan and over the head of the unfortunate Coffey, while substitute Filippo Franchi added an insurance goal in the final minute.
Cork City - Coffey; Taylor, Phillips, McCarthy, Coleman, Byrne, Drinan, Fernandes, Ogbene, O'Riordan, O'Sullivan.