Longford 1-4 CCFC – Cork City Football Club
Cork City Football Club

Longford 1-4 CCFC

Cork City advanced to the semi-finals of the FAI Cup tonight after a 4-1 win over Longford Town at City Calling Stadium.

Karl Sheppard (2), Kieran Sadlier and Jimmy Keohane gave City a 4-0 lead, while an unfortunate own goal from Robbie Williams gave the home side a consolation. City will join Limerick, Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers in the semi-finals draw on Monday.

John Caulfield made four changes to the side that started against Shamrock Rovers last week. Stephen Dooley returned from injury, with Robbie Williams, Greg Bolger and Conor McCarthy coming in for Steven Beattie, Alan Bennett, Conor McCormack and Garry Buckley.

City controlled the opening stages of the game, showing their seniority over a youthful Longford Town outfit. Sadlier continued his FAI Cup scoring streak by giving the away side the lead inside the opening 24 minutes. Shane Griffin’s short corner found Sadlier and his shot from a tight again flew into the back of the net.

The Leesiders doubled their lead moments later. Griffin again the provider, this time assisting Keohane who fired past Jack Brady in the Longford goal.

The game was effectively over as a contest just before the break. Bolger’s through-ball wasn’t cut out and Sheppard found himself clear through on goal but he was brought down in the box by Brady. Sheppard himself stepped up to take the penalty, making no mistake to put City ahead by three goals at half time.

With Dooley just back from injury, Caulfield introduced Connor Ellis as a half time substitute. He immediately made an impact, playing Sheppard in on goal and he confidently finished the move to score his second of the game.

Longford did get a consolation midway through the second half. Robbie William’s sliced his attempted clearance of Peter Hopkin’s cross, and the ball unfortunately found it’s way into Mark McNulty’s goal. Williams turned to saviour shortly after with an important block to deny Davy O’Sullivan.

Referee: Derek Tomney.

Attendance: 910.

Longford Town

18Jack Brady Goalkeeper
4Noel Haverty Defender
19Daniel O’Reilly Defender
5Alan Kehoe 9 Defender
5Tristan Noack Defender
7Kealan Dillon 23 Midfielder
6Dean Zambra Midfielder
14Peter Hopkins 12 Midfielder
14Aidan Friel Midfielder
15David O’Sullivan Forward
8Sam Verdon Forward
25Adam Kenny Goalkeeper
26Paul Finnegan Defender
10Jake Kelly Midfielder
9Kaleem Simon 5 Midfielder
24Rhys Gorman Midfielder
12Karl Chambers 14 Forward
23Don Cowan 7 Forward

Cork City

1Mark McNulty Goalkeeper
5Ryan Delaney Defender
6Greg Bolger Midfielder
7Jimmy Keohane Midfielder 27'
11Stephen Dooley 17 Midfielder
15Kieran Sadlier 9 Midfielder 25'
16Gearóid Morrissey Midfielder
19Karl Sheppard Forward 44', 50'
20Shane Griffin Defender 25', 27'
21Conor McCarthy Defender
22Robbie Williams Defender 62'
3Alan Bennett Defender
8Conor McCormack Midfielder
9Achille Campion 15 Forward
10Steven Beattie Midfielder
17Connor Ellis 11 Forward 50'
25Alan Smith Goalkeeper
26Garry Buckley Midfielder
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