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Cork City make light work of Limerick to proceed into the EA Sports Cup 1/4 final

Limerick welcomed Cork to the Marketsfield for the second time in 3 weeks. This time it was the EA sports cup though with a place in the quarter final up for grabs.

Limerick made 10 changes from the side who put 3 past Drogheda on Saturday evening with only Brendan Clarke remaining in the net. Cork made 7 from their win in Dalymount Park on Friday night

Cork dominated the game from the start but there was no chances until a goalmouth scramble in the 20th minute. Limerick through excellent saves from Brendan Clarke and goal line clearances from Shane Tracy and David O’Connor stopped the ball going in but eventually the ball found the head of Garry Buckley and he powered home a header from 10 yards out

Cork had chances through Conor Ellis and Steven Beattie but they couldn’t get the 2nd. Limerick had one chance towards the end of the half. A nice move between Garbhan Coughlan and Ian Turner got Limerick into Corks box, the ball was played back to Bastien Hery but his shot went wayward. This left Cork a goal up at the break.

Limerick’s John O’Flynn came on at half time to a good reception from a good Cork following. Limerick started to gain possession in the 2nd half and had a chance to score through Stephen Kenny but his low shot was easily saved by Mark McNulty.

Cork then doubled their lead in the 62nd minute. An in-swinging Stephen Dooley corner was headed into his own net by Shane Tracy. 5 minutes later,City scored again. Ian Turner lost the ball in midfield to Shane Griffin, the left full cut inside past Tobias Mainz and finished passed a helpless Brendan Clarke to wrap the game up.

Limerick had a late chance by youngster Sean McSweeney but his shot went over the bar from a Dean Clarke drag back.

Harry Coyne

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