Cork find their rhythm with second-half rally
Crusaders 1 Cork City 3 (Cork won 4-1 on aggregate):Cork City progressed to the semi-finals last night through three second-half goals, including a stunner from Daryl Kavanagh and an own goal from David Magowan on Seaview’s all-weather pitch.
Daryl Horgan opened the scoring on 63 minutes, doubling Cork’s 1-0 aggregate lead, before Kavanagh curled a beauty into the top far corner four minutes later. Magowan held his head in his hands after he clumsily sent Neil Horgan’s cross past his own goalkeeper in stoppage time.
Cork’s first real chance came when Kavanagh broke through past three Crusaders players on 18 minutes but was tackled on the line by Colin Coates. Matthew Snoddy then took a good touch on the edge of the box before striking over the bar.
Cork were stretched to survive another attack, through Kevin Murray’s risky clearance in the box, but calls for hand-ball were waved away by referee Davy Malcolm.
It was not until deeper into the second half that Cork came to life. Horgan’s goal came against the run of play but Kavanagh’s sublime finish wrapped things up.
Paul Heatley grabbed a consolation on 89 minutes, drilling home a low shot past McNulty.
CRUSADERS: Lacroix, Magowan, Coates, McClean, Morrow, Robinson, Caddell, Snoddy (Rainey, 65), Heatley, Adamson (McAlister, 70), Owens.
CORK CITY: McNulty, Turner, Murphy, Murray, G Morrissey, Duggan, D Kavanagh (D Morrissey, 70), Behan (Furlong, 78), N Horgan, D Horgan (Rundle, 70), Buckley. Referee: D Malcolm (Bangor).