|12/06/17||19:30||Munster Senior Cup||2017|
By Henry O’Donovan
Cork City captured the Munster Senior Cup with a 4-2 victory against Wilton United at Turner’s Cross on Monday night. Goals from Kevin O’Connor, Garry Buckley, Achille Campion and Alec Byrne were enough to see off a spirited Wilton side.
Both teams had their share of possession early on and Shane Griffin was unlucky to see his well finished goal disallowed for offside.
The Leesider’s began to assert their dominance of possession following the opening ten minutes. John Caulfield’s men came close to an opener on the quarter hour mark. A flowing move involving Greg Bolger, Kevin O’Connor and Achille Campion saw Garry Buckley get a shot from ten yards out, but his shot was blocked by Murphy.
The first goal came in the 18th minute. City won a free kick at the edge of the area right of centre. Kevin O’Connor stepped up and curled an inch perfect shot over the wall and into the top corner.
City kept the pressure up after the goal and continued to control the play, without creating any more clear cut chances. The home side almost got a second in the 43rd minute though. O’Connor whipped the ball in with pace from the left and it hit the head of Evan Murphy before careening off the crossbar.
The second goal of the game fell to Wilton on the eve of half time, and it was a corner routine straight off the training ground. The corner was played short into the feet of Neil Horgan, who touched it into the path of Steve Daly, who smashed the ball through the crowd and into the City goal.
City started the second half with the same level of dominance that they had for the majority of the first half. The second goal came ten minutes after the interval. Connor Ellis’ shot was too powerful for Wilton keeper Brian Cronin to hold and it fell to Garry Buckley at the edge of the box who drilled the ball home with his left foot.
The lead lasted for 11 minutes before Wilton hit back again. A cross from the left found Colm O Regan free at the back stick who controlled before striking a low drive into the opposite corner.
City pushed hard for a winner, including the introduction of Sean Maguire and Stephen Dooley, but they were unable to break the deadlock in normal time.
The third goal did finally arrive for City just after the start of extra time. Assisted by Griffin, Campion went through one on one and produced a deft chip over the onrushing Cronin.
City put the tie to bed in the 100th minute. Maguire went charging through on goal and Cronin could only parry his shot into the path of Alec Byrne, who calmly finished for his first goal for the senior team.
Referee: Kevin O’Sullivan.