FAI Cup final update: Sadlier penalty sends Cork City in level at the break

FAI Cup final update: Sadlier penalty sends Cork City in level at the break
Cork's Mark McNulty celebrates Kieran Sadlier's goal. Picture: INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Cork City 1 Dundalk 1 

IT'S finely poised at half-time in the FAI Cup final after two goals in quick succession.

While the meetings of Cork City and Dundalk in the three previous finals had failed to produce a goal in regulation time, here they were like buses.

After a cagey start, Dundalk took the lead on 19 as Michael Duffy’s corner from the left was met by a towering header from centre-back Seán Hoare, who arrowed to the ball to the net.

However, a minute later, Hoare was adjudged to have fouled Karl Sheppard in the Lilywhites’ penalty area, with referee Neil Doyle pointing to the spot. Kieran Sadlier, who had scored a goal in every round, completed the set as sent his low shot to Gary Rogers’ left.

Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

In at at-times physical encounter, Brian Gartland almost put Dundalk 2-1 ahead, with a Duffy corner again the source, but this time Shane Griffin headed off the line.

At the other end, Garry Buckley was unlucky as his half-volley, from Sadlier’s cross, was straight at Rogers.

CORK CITY: McNulty; McCarthy, Bennett, McLoughlin, Griffin; McCormack, Morrissey; Keohane, Buckley, Sadlier; Sheppard.

DUNDALK: Rogers; Gannon, Gartland, Hoare, Massey; Shields, Benson; Mountney, McEleney, Duffy; Hoban.

Referee: N Doyle (Dublin).

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