Cork City 3
CORK CITY FC are now one step away from winning the Munster Senior Cup for an 18th time, following what was a very comprehensive victory over a youthful Waterford side in O’Shea Park in Blarney.
A brace from Graham Cummins and a headed finish by Conor McCarthy were enough to comfortably send the current holders into the final, where they will face Munster Senior League Premier Division side St Mary’s.
This was a solid and controlled showing from John Caulfield’s men right from the very outset.
Although there are sure to have been aspects of this performance which would have encouraged those of a City persuasion, one will have to take into consideration the nature of the opposition, which makes it difficult to take awfully much away from this game.
Waterford sent down their U19 squad and management after the first team had played in a pre-season friendly the night before against Cabinteely.
Right from the off, City dictated the tempo of proceedings and pushed and probed forward. From the kick off, it became evident that there was only going to be one winner of this tie.
It was clear from the moment one looked at the teamsheet that this competition was way down the list in the agenda of Waterford’s priorities.
Despite that though there were glimpses of action that will encourage City fans.
Kieran Sadlier was a very solid attacking threat throughout and showed some silky and neat footwork.
The return of Graham Cummins to the club has been greeted with plenty of positivity.
Albeit against young and inexperienced Waterford defenders, Cummins showcased the attacking threat he will hope to provide to this City side.
He got his first from the penalty spot, coolly converting into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.
Cummins got his second goal midway through the first half, heading in well from a McNamee corner kick at the far post.
Conor McCarthy looked very impressive and produced a fine performance. The 19-year-old is rated very highly at the club and will hope to make an even bigger impact on the first team over the coming months.
McCarthy got City’s third, heading in well from a corner kick by Barry McNamee.
Republic Of Ireland U21 international Danny Kane got his first run out in a City jersey and looked quite composed. The Cork defence overall dealt comfortably with what very little danger came their way.
David Harrington, the son of City goalkeeping great Phil, came on to make his first ever appearance late on City had decent chances to extend their lead through Shane Griffin, McNamee and Josh O’Hanlon. But that did not matter in the end as City progressed very easily indeed to the final.
When Waterford come to Turners Cross for City’s first home league game of the season, there should be a much sterner test awaiting Caulfield’s troops.
CORK CITY: McNulty: Kane, McCarthy, Barry, McLoughlin: Buckley, Morrissey: Keohane, McNamee, Sadlier: Cummins.
Subs: Sheppard for Buckley (28, inj), Griffin for Sadlier, O’Hanlon for Cummins (both 58), Harrington for McNulty (82).
WATERFORD FC: Martin: Conway, Rea, Walsh, Corcoran: Power, Beresford, Griffin, Black, Croke: Whelan.
Subs: Larkin for Griffin (59), Roche for Whelan (63), Madika for Beresford (69), O’Donnell for Black (75), Costello for Power (84).
Referee: Graham Kelly