Belfast Telegraph

Derry's Cup dream is sunk by classy Cork

Cork City 3-0 Derry City

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City's hopes of reaching their second consecutive FAI Cup final were ended emphatically at Turner's Cross last night.

While the final score line may be slightly harsh on Peter Hutton's team, they were second best in the game for long periods and rarely threatened.

Ultimately it took two Cork goals in three minutes towards the end of the game to finally end the tie as a contest.

Cork, as expected, started on the front foot and Derry almost gifted them an early goal when Patrick McEleney lost the ball in midfield and the hosts broke forward in numbers, but Mark O'Sullivan's shot was straight at Gerard Doherty.

The hosts remained an attacking threat and Doherty had to be alert to parry a shot from Ross Gaynor, tipping the ball onto the post as Cork increased the early pressure on the Derry City goal.

Cork upped the ante even further in the second period, but it was the visitors who almost scored when Philip Lowry's shot beat goalkeeper Mark McNulty, but came back off the base of the post.

Cork failed to clear and the ball was played to Mark Timlin, but his show was saved by McNulty, as the Candystripes finally showed some threat.

Just as Derry were building momentum Cork took the lead with just over 15 minutes remaining.

Garry Buckley's shot was blocked on the edge of the penalty area, but the ball came to Ross Gaynor who sent a stunning volley from distance past Doherty to break the deadlock.

One became two within the space of three minutes as Buckley then struck himself, heading home unmarked from close range as the Derry defence switched off.

With Derry heads down following that blow, Cork took full advantage and substitute John O'Flynn raced through with four minutes to go and slid the ball past Doherty to give the final score line an emphatic look.

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