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City 0-3 Birmingham City

A young Cork City side conceded two late goals as they went down 3-0 to Birmingham City at Turner’s Cross.

The visitors began brightly and it was no surprise when they took the lead after eight minutes. David Cotterill, who had threatened with an effort from distance moments earlier, swung in a corner from the right and Paul Robinson met the set-piece with a firm header to give his side the advantage.

A young City side were struggling to get into the game, and Adeyemi and Reilly both had further efforts on goal before the quarter hour, but both were dealt with comfortably by Kevin O’Brien. Cotterill continued to threaten; first he put a cross into the penalty area that only needed a touch to double his side’s lead, and then he shot narrowly wide from distance once again.

City were growing into the game as the half wore on, and they created their best chance on 37 minutes; quick thinking from Josh O’Shea saw him slip Rob Lehane into the penalty area and the young striker saw his powerful effort parried away for a corner by Colin Doyle in the Birmingham goal.

Birmingham made ten changes at the break, while City made just two, but more changes followed soon afterwards and the tempo of the game dropped somewhat in the second period. Paul Caddis and Jonathan Spector both took aim from distance, and while neither found the net, it was a warning sign for City.

With both sides having made ten changes each, the game was petering out. Danny Morrissey and Darren Anthony Murphy looked lively for City having come on, but the home side failed to muster any real chances. The visitors then settled the contest with two goals in quick succession. On 83 minutes, Paul Caddis swung over what appeared to be a cross from the right wing, and it flew into the top corner, giving Gledhill little chance. With two minutes left on the clock, the visitors claimed a third; a corner was only half cleared and the ball bounced kindly for Lee Novak who finished with an overhead kick from close range.

City: O’Brien (Gledhill 83), G. Kavanagh (Horgan 59), Darren Murphy (McSweeney 10), Murray, Neville (Coleman 70), Morrison (Forde 83), J. Kavanagh (Donnellan 83), O’Leary (Kearney 45) , O’Shea (D. Morrissey 45), Lehane (Ellis 70), O’Flynn (Darren Anthony Murphy 59).

Photo: Doug Minihane

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