Cork City lose but still progress

 

Cork City 0 Valur 1 (Agg:  2-1):  Cork City will play Hammarby of Sweden in the second round of the Intertoto Cup after progressing despite home defeat to Icelandic side Valur last night.

Helgi Sigurdsson scored the only goal of the game at Turners Cross when firing home unmarked at the back post after 20 minutes.

Roy O'Donovan did hit the post for the home side early in the second half but in truth Damien Richardson's side struggled throughout to replicate their best form.

But Cork, courtesy of their 2-0 win in Iceland last week, were hanging in and Valur's chances of an upset all but evaporated when Sigurbjorn Hreidarsson was sent off late on for fouling Liam Kearney.

Cork's next opponents in the competition, Hammarby, beat KI Klaksvik 2-1 last night, progressing on a 3-1 aggregate scoreline.