Cork City 5 – 0 Waterford United
A full strength Cork City had too much for Waterford United at Bishopstown last Sunday.
The Blues, perhaps with one eye on Wednesday’s Enda McGuill Cup semi-final against the same opponents, rested several key players; very much a sensible move, considering two had starred for Ireland only the night before, but making a tough task even tougher.
Still, the young Blues held their own for the first quarter, and it took an impressive finish from one of Cork’s real stars Rob Lehane to break the deadlock. A stroke of misfortune followed just before the break when Sean Whitty mistimed a punch from a corner kick, gifting the home side a second.
Nathan West was inches away from getting United back on track just after the restart, but Cork weathered the storm, and went further in front through a Gary Buckley penalty on 75 minutes when that man Lehane was hauled down in the area. Very late goals from Stephen Kenny and Conor Cannon gave a somewhat harsh glare to the final scoreline.
Cork: David Browne, Andrew Joyce, Jason Forde, Eoin Murphy, Stephen Carroll, Ross McCarthy, Stephen Kenny, John Kavanagh, Garry Buckley, Rob Lehane, Danny Morrissey – subs: Chris Dineen, Andy O’Connell, Conor Cannon, David Drinan, Darren Murphy, Darragh Corcoran, Alan Anderson
Goals: Lehane 20, Forde 43, Buckley 75 pen, Kenny 87, Cannon 90
Blues: Sean Whitty; Thomas Whitty, Conor Acheson, Lee Delaney, Ethan Butler; Jason Keane, Craig Keane, Alan Rhodes; Nathan West, Robbie Bourke, Russell Quirke – subs: Jamie Cross, Adam Potter, David Cooley, Conor Coad, Aidan McGrath, Jack Doherty, Sean Maguire
Referee: Tommy Mazur