Cork City V St. Patrick’s Athletic – Cork City Football Club
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Cork City V St. Patrick’s Athletic

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By Henry O’Donovan

Cork City have advanced for the semi-finals of the EA Sports Cup after a 2-0 win over St. Patrick’s Athletic at Turner’s Cross. Goals from Connor Ellis and Stephen Dooley gave the Leesiders the win. The semi-finals will be played on the August 7th bank holiday.

The home side looked to attack right from the off, with John Kavanagh shooting over in the opening minute. Connor Ellis was sent through by a Greg Bolger through ball in the 12th minute, but Barry Murphy was off his line quickly to clear.

St. Pat’s had a chance just before the quarter hour mark, as the ball broke to Rory Feely in a crowded City penalty area. His low shot was well saved by Alan Smith, who saw the shot late as it came through the bodies.

The Leesiders continued to have the majority of possession but chances remained scarce. Ellis came close to opening the scoring in the 37th minute. An exquisite cross field ball from Bolger found Kavanagh in space, who in turn picked out Ellis at the edge of the area, but his attempt was inches wide.

Delaney headed wide in the 39th minute, and Dooley had a shot blocked as he cut inside in the 45th minute, but the sides went into half time all square.

The visitors enjoyed a spell of possession at the start of the second half, but they were unable to fashion a chance to work Smith in the City goal.

Jimmy Keohane found himself free at the edge of the box on 58 minutes, but his curling effort was too weak to trouble Murphy, who saved easily.

The opening goal came in the 67th minute. A dribble down the left from Shane Griffin saw him hit a low cross into the box to Connor Ellis. Ellis’ first time shot was blocked by Murphy, but the ball rebounded back onto Ellis and into the unguarded net.

Ellis looked to have added a second 9 minutes later, going through one on one and finishing calmly, but the flag was up for offside.

The home side absorbed pressure for the last ten minutes as Pats looked to equalise and put the tie to bed with a second goal deep into additional time. Dooley beat his man with pace and was coolness personified as he rounded the keeper and rolled the ball into the empty net.

Referee: Seán Grant.

Attendance: 1,792.

Cork City

25Alan Smith Goalkeeper
2John Kavanagh 16 Defender
5Ryan Delaney Defender
6Greg Bolger Midfielder
7Jimmy Keohane Midfielder
11Stephen Dooley Midfielder 90'
15Christian Nanetti 9 Forward
17Connor Ellis Forward 67'
20Shane Griffin Defender 67'
21Conor McCarthy Defender
28Alec Byrne 4 Midfielder
4John Dunleavy 28 Defender
9Achille Campion 15 Forward
16Gearóid Morrissey 2 Midfielder
10Steven Beattie Midfielder
27Pierce Phillips Midfielder
29Aaron Drinan Forward
1Mark McNulty Goalkeeper
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St. Patrick’s Athletic

16Barry Murphy Goalkeeper
2Michael Barker Defender
4Gavin Peers 12 Defender
6Patrick Cregg Midfielder
7Conan Byrne Midfielder
8Graham Kelly Midfielder
11Jonathan Lunney Midfielder
13Rory Feely Defender
15Jack Bayly 3 Midfielder
23Alex O’Hanlon 9 Midfielder
26Josh O’Hanlon Midfielder
12Lee Desmond 4 Defender
3Ian Bermingham 15 Defender
9Christy Fagan 23 Forward
10Sam Verdon Midfielder
14Darragh Markey Midfielder
18Kurtis Byrne Forward
1Conor O’Malley Goalkeeper


Date Competition Season
01/05/2017 EA Sports Cup 2017


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Cork City022Win
St. Patrick’s Athletic000Loss


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