Cork City’s Youth side lifted the FAI Cup for the fourth time on Sunday, as an excellent second half performance saw them defeat Killarney Celtic by four goals to one at Turner’s Cross.
City took the lead on six minutes as Garry Buckley headed home, but Killarney equalised a quarter of an hour later, and the sides went in level at the break. Just prior to the end of the first half, City midfielder Ross McCarthy left the pitch after picking up an injury to be replaced by striker Danny Morrissey, with Eoin McGreevy dropping back to midfield to replace McCarthy.
The switch paid off shortly after the re-start, as McGreevy played a ball over the top which Morrissey controlled before powering an excellent volley to the back of the net. Despite going behind Killarney were still in the contest, but with just over twenty minutes remaining on the clock, City gained a two goal advantage as a cross from full back Jason Higgins eluded everyone and hit the net to put City 3-1 ahead.
With time running out, Killarney went on the attack and put City under pressure, but the contest was finally settled with three minutes to go as Roy Collins, only on the pitch a matter of minutes as a substitute, finished to the net to make it 4-1, and seal the FAI Youth Cup for Cork City for the fourth time since the club first won the title in 2000.
Everyone at the club would like to congratulate manager Paul Bowdren on winning the competition for the fourth time, and also congratulate his coaches and players on this excellent achievement.
Cork City: Farrell, Higgins, McConville, Burns (Captain), Lordan, O’Connor (Collins 79), R McCarthy (Morrissey 43), Buckley, O’Driscoll (Taffe), Cullen, McGreevy. Unused Subs: Kenny, Mallon, C McCarthy, O’Sullivan.