Longford Town 0 Cork City 7
A 30-yard strike capped a wonderful Kieran Sadlier hat-trick as Cork City easily made it through to the FAI Cup semi-finals with a straightforward victory tonight.
At the aptly-named City Calling Stadium, the Rebel Army were 2-0 up six minutes before half-time when Longford’s task became tougher with the sending-off of midfielder Darren Meenan and the visitors added five second-half goals.
They had been set on their way in the 20th minute when Gearóid Morrissey scored with an overhead kick from a Kieran Sadlier corner and the lead was doubled soon after that as Karl Sheppard crossed for Sadlier to head home.
Sadlier was the played fouled for Meenan’s dismissal, the tackle classed as reckless by referee Ray Matthews, and City ran riot in the second half.
They were three up when Ronan Coughlan pounced from close range after Steven Beattie’s cross wasn’t cleared and then sub Shane Daly-Bütz set up Sadlier for his second and City’s fourth.
Another replacement, Josh O’Hanlon, made it 5-0 from Sadlier’s assist – meaning Sadlier, Coughlan and O’Hanlon have all scored in every round to date – and then the winger got his hat-trick with a brilliant effort from long distance before Barry McNamee rounded off the win at the death.
LONGFORD TOWN: Kelly; Elworthy, McDonnell, Noack-Hofmann, Chambers; Dervin, Zambra, Meenan; Hopkins (Tlou 61), Doyle (Dillon 74), McGlade (O’Neill 65).
CORK CITY: Cherrie; Beattie, Bennett (McNamee 57), Barry, Griffin; Morrissey (O’Hanlon 68), Keohane; Sheppard (Daly-Bütz 68), Buckley, Sadlier; Coughlan.
Referee: R Matthews (Westmeath).