Cork City Football Club

Cork City Football Club 3-0 Wexford Youths

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Cork City Football Club advanced to the next round of the EA Sports Cup at Turner’s Cross on Monday night after they enjoyed a deserved victory against fellow Division 1 side Wexford Youths.

City, who now extend their unbeaten record in all competitions to five games, were by far the better side. They were more inventive than their visitors, creating the greater number of chances and dominating the midfield. Bar a few half-chances for Wexford, City always looked the likelier winners.

The defence were not overly worked but kept things solid when asked to do so, while Dave Warren, making his first start for the club, enjoyed a good run-out in midfield alongside Shane Duggan, before being substituted.

Warren, along with Michael Devine and Greg O’Halloran, was one of three changes from the side which beat Longford Town at the same venue last Friday, but these alterations did not significantly weaken the side.

Despite having by far the better of the opening half though, enjoying the bulk of the possession, Cork could not find the lead goal. Craig Duggan, Uros Hojan and Greg O’Halloran all had long-range shots which were off-target while Graham Cummins was unlucky with a glancing header from a Cathal Lordan corner and Mulcahy headed over, also from a Lordan delivery.

Wexford, who had beaten Cork City at Turner’s Cross in the competition in the past two seasons, were not offering much, and City continued their dominance after the restart.

Cummins led the charge early on with two efforts, but Gary Sheehan almost put Wexford ahead on 41 with a low shot from distance which hit the post and then Devine’s ahead on the way back out but the goalkeeper gathered.

Cork were upping the pressure though. Duggan was denied by Pa Doyle in the Wexford goal on 61, James Cogley getting to the loose ball before Cummins could pounce and eventually a corner resulted. When that was half-cleared, Stephen Mulcahy played a clever ball to O’Halloran on the right and his good square ball left Davin O’Neill with a tap-in, a goal which will surely reignited the ‘Who’s the better out of Messi and O’Neill’ debate.

Anthony Wolfe did have a chance to equalise soon after but Devine saved well, and that was the closest they came.

City continued to have the better chances, and they eventually wrapped things up in the final 10 minutes, giving the scoreboard a better reflection of the game’s overall pattern.

Cummins got the goal his efforts deserved in the 81st minute when he headed in a Lordan corner, and then sub Rory Morrissey, only on the pitch a few minutes, got his name on the scoresheet to make it three when he poked home the rebound after Lordan’s shot was saved on 88.

All in all a good night for City, who now await the winners of the clash between Limerick and Cobh Ramblers, who play on Tuesday, in the next round.

CORK CITY FORAS CO-OP: Devine; Turner, Mulcahy, Rogers, Hojan; Warren (Cillian Lordan 67), O’Halloran, Duggan; O’Neill (Deasy 77), Cummins (R Morrissey 83), Cathal Lordan.

WEXFORD YOUTHS: Doyle; Kenny, McCann, Breen, Cogley (Russell 70); Byrne, Dempsey (Keohane 70), Wolfe, Broaders; Furlong (Rowe 84), Sheehan.

Referee: Graham Kelly (Cork).

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