Sean Maguire the difference as Cork City claim FAI Cup at the Aviva Stadium

Former player Sean Maguire came back to haunt Dundalk as he scored the winning goal for Cork City in extra time to win the FAI Cup 1-0 at the Aviva Stadium.

In a poor first half, the first clear cut chance of the game came on 39′ when Morrissey lost possession on the halfway line to Ronan Finn, and Horgan broke through the middle and played the ball to David McMillan on the side of the area who shot at goal but Mark McNulty saved the effort and put it behind for a corner.

In front of a crowd of 26,400, the intensity certainly seemed to be picked up in the second half Cork had an effort cleared off the line on the 59th by Sean Gannon from a header from Alan Bennett.

With Dundalk tiring they actually made a rare break on the 70th minute when Ronan Finn put in a cross on the right wing that was met by McMillan but blazed wide.

Cork were nearly gifted a goal on the 76th when Gary Rogers made a bit of a mess from Morrisey’s effort but did well to parry it away from the oncoming Maguire.

Rogers then minutes later cleared up any of his doubters thoughts when he made a match winning save to deny Cork City sub Ogbene from close range.

The chances kept coming as extra time loomed.

Dundalk’s Daryl Horgan put a ball into the box in the last minute of normal time only for Kilduff to head over the bar.

The winning goal came in classic cup final fashion when a ball dropped to Sean Maguire in the Dundalk box and his shot deflected into the back of the net and guarantee the cup for the Leesiders.

Dundalk XI: Rogers; Gannon, Gartland, Boyle, Massey; McEleney, O’Donnell, Shields, Horgan; Finn; McMillan. Subs: Sava, Mountney, Barrett, Kilduff, Shiels, C O’Connor, Keane

Cork City XI: McNulty; Beattie, Bennett, Browne, O’Connor; Buckley, Bolger; Sheppard, Morrissey, Dooley; Maguire. Subs: Connor, Healy, Holohan, McSweeney, Ogbene, O’Sullivan, Turner.

Attendance: 26,400

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