Carrigaline Utd 1 Cobh Ramblers 0
A VALENTINE'S quarter-final date in the Munster Senior Cup was on the agenda between Carrigaline United and Cobh Ramblers at Ballea Park on Friday night.
It ended sweetly for the hosts, who recorded a well-earned success thanks to Darragh Corcoran's goal and are now 90 minutes away from their first Munster Senior Cup final appearance. Rockmount await in the semi-final, while the others last four tie is between the winners of the postponed Cork City-Mayfield clash and Midleton.
Ramblers, who last were winners of this competition back in 2016, will have to improve big time for their opening Airtricity First Division league clash against Drogheda United next weekend.
The home side that went into the lead after 15 minutes when a mistake in the Cobh defence was punished clinically by Corcoran.
Carrigaline went close to extending their advantage soon after, as David Sexton rattled the crossbar from outside the box. Ramblers looked disjointed in the opening half, with opportunities at a premium.
Cobh had plenty of possession but were unable to break Carrigaline down. The best chance arrived towards the break after Adam Foley struck the side netting from a Kevin Taylor through ball.
Cian Leonard also looked to threaten but the cup upset was very much on the cards at the break.
Carrigaline went close to a second early in the second half when Dylan O’Flaherty’s low strike forced a stop out of Ramblers keeper Paul Hunt.
Cobh drew a save from a chance of their own at the other end on the hour mark, but a cutting edge for the visitors was simply not evident.
Ian Turner saw his shot fly over from the edge of the box but Carrigaline continued to hold firm heading into the final 10 minutes of play.
Carrigaline threatened again via an effort in the box from O’Flaherty before Ramblers had a Leonard shot saved by Ken O’Halloran in the home goal.
Ramblers searched frantically for a leveller late on but John Kavanagh was unable to score from distance.
So Carrigaline were celebrating a famous victory at the full-time whistle.
Awaiting in the semi-final stages now for Carrigaline are Rockmount.
The other semi-final will be contested between the winners of the postponed Cork City-Mayfield clash and Midleton.
All attention now for Ramblers is on the League Of Ireland First Division season opener next Saturday against Drogheda United.
CARRIGALINE: Ken O’Halloran: David Crotty, Darragh Corcoran, James McSweeney, Darragh Buckley, Glen Sexton, Andrew Kingston, Killian Murphy, Dylan O’Flaherty, Stephen D’Arcy, David Sexton.
Subs: Ryan O’Regan for D’Arcy (71), Jason Ring for Kingston (73), Conor Lyden for O’Flaherty (90).
COBH: Paul Hunt: Dylan Walsh, Lee Devitt, Charlie Lyons, Kevin Taylor, David Hurley, Pierce Phillips, Ian Turner, Martin Coughlan, Adam Foley, Cian Leonard.
Subs: John Kavanagh for Foley (h-t), Ben O’Riordan for Walsh (61).
Referee: Jason Mannix.