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.
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).