|12/08/2017||Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup||2017||1st Round|
Kieran Sadlier’s first goal for City saw the FAI Cup holders get their defence of the trophy off to a winning start.
Sadlier struck just before the hour mark and only two minutes after he had seen his penalty saved, and the attacker certainly opened his account in style as he fired an unstoppable shot to the top corner of the net after some neat City approach play.
City’s first chance of note came just after the quarter hour as Sadlier, who was a constant menace on the left all night, beat the defence and squared it for Sheppard who’s toe-poke was agonisingly wide. Sheppard went close again on the half hour, as he played a clever one-two with Beattie but he dragged his shot wide. The attacker had another chance five minutes later, when an excellent through ball by Buckley set him in on goal but the goalkeeper was equal to his shot.
While City were creating the majority of the openings, the home side were a threat on the break and they came close five minutes before the break as a quick counter ended with Brennan heading narrowly over the bar, and the sides went in level at the break.
After a relatively quiet start to the second half, the game burst into life ten minutes after the restart as a surging run by Shane Griffin was halted by a foul and City were awarded a penalty. Sadlier stepped up to take but his spot kick was palmed away for a corner by the keeper.
Despite the setback, City kept pushing and Sadlier made amends just minutes later as he struck what proved to be the winner. Good work by Griffin on the left found Sadlier cutting into the box and he gave the keeper no chance with a superbly struck effort.
Achille Campion came on for Steven Beattie shortly after the goal and he tried his luck from outside the box on 66 minutes only to fire over. He nearly went one better three minutes later however, as the ball fell for him at the back post and his shot was cleared off the line after a last ditch block.
As the game moved into the closing stages, the home side always looked likely to create at least one good chance, and Mark McNulty had to be on his toes with three minutes to go, saving well from a McCabe free kick
That was the last of the chances for either side, and it was City who saw off 4 minutes of injury time to book their place in the next round.
Referee: Robert Harvey.