Stalemate at Dalymount as holders Cork snatch a replay with an 85th minute Sadlier penalty cancelling out DinnyCorcoran’s opener in a hugely dramatic and controversial circumstances.
The visitors started the brighter looking more composed in possession but the games first real chance of note came from a Kevin Devaney header, narrowly missing the front post from Keith Ward’s cross.
Cork, who were looking to avenge the recent 4-2 hammering, responded well with the lively Kieran Sadlier going close with a header of his own as the Cup holders continued to look a threat from set pieces, cleverly packing the Shane Supple’s six-yard area from a spate of corners in quick succession.
In a fiery and frenetic encounter the game evened out and the home side had a glorious chance on the half hour mark when Dinny Corcoran turned the ball first time around the corner to Ward, who drilled low at the feet of Mark McNulty.
Bohs finished the half the stronger and were desperately unlucky not to take the lead. Kevin Devaney showed his power and pace to break from the half way line and unleash a thunderbolt from 30 yards that smashed off the post that will probably need repainting! Very similar to his wonder strike against St. Pats.
The Gypsies flew out of the traps in the second half and missed two guilt edged chances. Firstly, Keith Buckley found Daniel Kelly with a lovely ball over the top but the speedy winger could only volley tamely at McNulty. Almost immediately after this Kelly bent a clever outside of the foot pass but left winger Devaney again shot straight at the Cork stopper.
As the masses around Dalymount felt like they were “the” chances, the breakthrough deservedly came. On the break, Keith Ward found Darragh Leahy on the left wing who quickly slipped in Devaney in a 2 v 1 situation. Devaney showed brilliant composure to drill the ball across the face of the goal for Dinny Corcoran to tap home as the sold out home fans exploded.
Disaster struck for the home side as Cork won a controversial penalty with four minutes remaining. Left back Leahy looked to get the ball as he tried to clear on the volley, but his foot was high and clashed with substitute Conor McCarthy. Up stepped Kieran Sadlier to smash the ball home to the right of Supple.
There was controversy on the final whistle as Derek Penders cross came floating into the box, it looked as if Corcoran was being man handled. It wasn’t given in the end and a replay will be needed to separate the sides after a hugely entertaining clash.
Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Derek Pender, DarraghLeahy, Dan Casey, Dinny Corcoran, Keith Ward, Kevin Devaney, Keith Buckley, Ian Morris, JJ Lunney, Daniel Kelly
Subs: Colin McCabe, Rob Cornwall, Dan Byrne, Danny Grant, Oscar Brennan, Eoghan Stokes, Ali Reghba
Cork City: Mark McNulty, Alan Bennett, GearoidMorrissey, Jimmy Keohane, Steven Beattie, Kieran Sadlier, Ronan Coughlan, Karl Sheppard, Shane Griffin, Garry Buckley, Sean McLoughlin
Subs: Peter Cherrie, Aaron Barry, Conor McCormack, Graham Cummins, Damien Delaney, Conor McCarthy, Barry McNamee
Referee: Rob Rogers