|01/05/2017||EA Sports Cup||2017|
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.