|25/08/17||19:45||Extra.ie FAI Cup||2017|
By Henry O’Donovan.
Cork City eased into the FAI quarter finals with a 7-0 victory over Athlone Town on Friday night. Goals from Kieran Sadlier, Karl Sheppard, Garry Buckley and a brace for both Connor Ellis and Achille Campion saw the Leesiders cruise to the next stage of the competition.
The home side took the lead after just 65 seconds. Karl Sheppard whipped the ball in from the right, and Kieran Sadlier was free in the box to head home.
Sheppard had the chance to double the lead in the 6th minute. Good play down the left saw him pick Sheppard out at the edge of the area, but his volley was over the crossbar.
Sheppard did get himself on the scoresheet 4 minutes later. He controlled a long ball over the top from Robbie Williams, before cutting inside from the right and slotting the ball home.
City continued the onslaught, with Sheppard volleying wide from a Sadlier cross in the 16th minute.
The Leesiders got their third on the half hour mark. A driving run down the left from Shane Griffin saw him hit a low cross into the box, which Connor Ellis was on hand to tap in.
Garry Buckley added a forth on the cusp of half time. Sheppard got in behind down the left and squared for Buckley to tap in at the back post.
The home side continued their dominance in the second half. Half time substitute Achille Campion came close to giving the Leesiders another goal in the 54th minute as he went through one on one but his shot was blocked by Igor Labuts.
Campion did add to the tally just after the hour mark. A blocked Sadlier volley led to a corner, and Campion rose highest out of the throng to power the header home.
City got their sixth in the 70th minute. A cross from the left found Campion at the back post, who unselfishly headed it down into the path of Ellis, who tapped in his second of the night.
Campion gave John Caulfield’s men their seventh in additional time. Good interplay with Sadlier saw the winger get free down the left and he pulled the ball back to the Frenchman, who calmly slotted the ball home.
Referee: Robert Hennessy.