WATCH - Cork City wrap up valuable away win as their European adventure gets underway
Levadia Tallinn 0 Cork City 2
Goals from Garry Buckley and substitute Steven Beattie fired in form Cork City into a commanding position in the opening leg of their Europa League clash against Estonian opponents.
Cork converted their sparkling League of Ireland form on to the European stage as they brushed Levadia Tallinn aside, with their path to victory cleared after the home side had their Cameroon centre-back Tabi Manga sent off for a second yellow card after a foul on Seanie Maguire.
John Caulfield’s were forced into a late change as skipper Alan Bennett failed a fitness test on a damaged ankle, with Conor McCormack stepping in and Greg Bolger taking over as skipper.
Buckley's opener came after a well worked free-kick two minutes before half-time, with the ten men of Levadia appearing to be finished off by the late clincher from Beattie.
"We are really happy," said Caulfield. "First half, we played really well in a strong a swirly wind and a very hard pitch, but we handled it well.
"We created two of three good chances in the first half and we just needed to score and we were happy to get the goal just before half-time.
"Their centre-half was indisciplined and we knew he would dive in for the ball, so we thought we could capitalise on that.
"Beattie got a great goal for us and we are really happy to go home with a 2-0 result. Now we have to put the tie away next week."
The second leg of the tie set to take place at Turner's Cross next Tuesday, with a second qualifying match against AEK Larnaca from Cyprus or the Lincoln Red Imps from Gibraltar next on their European agenda.
FC Levadia Tallinn: S Lempets; I Dudarev, T Manga, M Podholijuzin, M Gando; J Krznarić, M Roosnupp (A Artjunin 45+1); P Marin (N Andreev 72), J Morelli, E Kobzar (I Teever 88); R Hunt.
Cork City: M McNulty; J Keohane, C McCormack, R Delaney, K O’Connor; G Bolger, G Buckley (A Campion 74), G Morrissey; K Sheppard (S Beattie 67), S Maguire, S Dooley (S Griffin 80).
Referee: J Burchardt (DEN).