Injury-hit Cork City produce an organized defensive display to thwart Shamrock Rovers in the Setanta Sports Cup Semi-final first leg
Cork City produced a defiant away performance in the first leg of their Setanta Sports Cup semi-final against Shamrock Rovers, holding out for a 1-1 draw as Daryl Kavanagh cancelled out Mark Quigley's opener. Tommy Dunne will be delighted to have taken a draw from the fixture, particularly with the large injury list he had to contend with over the last few days.
Both sides struggled in what was a tame and scrappy opening to the game. An audacious 40 yard attempt by Danny Ledwith momentarily waking up the home support. Ledwith picked up a loose kick-out and hit a sweet strike past a stunned Mark McNulty in the Cork goal. Fortunately for McNulty the shot went just over the crossbar.
A poorly struck Mark Quigley free-kick brought about the opening goal in the tie. Quigley’s low drive was sent in the direction of Danny Murphy. The veteran defender miscued his clearance and the ball bobbled past McNulty.
The lead did not last long. Daryl Kavanagh responded for the away side within two minutes. The former Rovers forward picked the ball 30 yards from goal, made some space for himself and drilled a beautiful swerving strike past Barry Murphy.
Cork City played very deep in the second-half. They were content to invite pressure from Rovers. The home side began to dominate possession but created very little in the way of clear-cut chances. Despite the poor performance from the home side, midfielder James Chambers had a chance to win the tie. Chambers slid into to hit the post from a few yards out in stoppage time.
Trevor Croly will be disappointed that his attacking players, most notably Ronan Finn and Ciaran Kilkduff, failed to assert themselves in the game. The tie is in the balance with the second-leg coming up at Turner’s Cross next Monday night.