Finn Harps 0-1 CCFC – Cork City Football Club
Cork City Football Club

Finn Harps 0-1 CCFC

A second half strike from Garry Buckley proved the difference at Finn Park, as Cork City recorded a 1-0 in Donegal.

After a nip and tuck opening quarter, City began to impose themselves on the game as the first half wore on and Kieran Sadlier fired narrowly wide with the away side’s first real sight of goal. Karl Sheppard was next to threaten as Sadlier crossed but his flick lacked power. Gearóid Morrissey went even closer then, as he headed Beattie’s cross just over the bar.

Ten minutes before the break, Sadlier was next to try his luck as he planted a header on target but the keeper pushed it over the bar. Keohane had City’s next chance, as be got his head to a Sadlier cross but he couldn’t direct it on target and the sides went in level at the break.

City continued the second half as they had ended the first and Karl Sheppard again worked the keeper just shy of the hour mark with a header from close range. The deadlock was finally broken with 20 minutes to go, as Buckley fired home from close range. A corner was half cleared and, when Steven Beattie crossed, Ryan Delaney saw his header strike the post with Buckley reacting quickest to poke home from close range.

With the away side now ahead, Finn Harps tried to muster an attacking threat but City were well-organised and a real threat on the counter. Connor Ellis replaced Sadlier, and he was put through on the keeper twice late on but was unable to add to City’s lead. Garry Buckley could have sealed the tie in injury time when great work by Keohane presented him with a shooting chance but he fired over.

Referee: Paul Tuite

Finn Harps

1Ciaran Gallagher Goalkeeper
2Damien McNulty Defender
3Ciaran Coll Defender
4Kilian Cantwell Defender 14'
6Gareth Harkin Midfielder
20Paddy McCourt Midfielder
81Tommy McBride 8 Midfielder
7Mark Timlin 32 Midfielder
22Ethan Boyle Midfielder
16Sean Houston Midfielder
9Danny Morrissey 27 Forward
8Jonny Bonner 81 Midfielder
17BJ Banda Forward
36Shane Blaney Midfielder
24Shane Blaney Midfielder
26Harry Doherty Goalkeeper
27Ibrahim Keita 9 Forward
32Pascal Millien 7 Midfielder

Cork City

1Mark McNulty Goalkeeper
3Alan Bennett Defender
5Ryan Delaney Defender 70'
7Jimmy Keohane Midfielder
8Conor McCormack Midfielder
10Steven Beattie Midfielder
15Kieran Sadlier 17 Midfielder
16Gearóid Morrissey Midfielder
19Karl Sheppard Forward
20Shane Griffin Defender
26Garry Buckley Midfielder 70'
6Greg Bolger Midfielder
9Achille Campion Forward
17Connor Ellis 15 Forward
21Conor McCarthy Defender
22Robbie Williams Defender
25Alan Smith Goalkeeper
27Pierce Phillips Midfielder
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