Cork win in Luxemburg but come up just short

League of Ireland team level the tie before Progrès Niederkorn score crucial goal

Cork City after their win in Luxembourg, although it’s Progres Niederkorn who progress. Photograph: Inpho

Cork City after their win in Luxembourg, although it’s Progres Niederkorn who progress. Photograph: Inpho

 

Progrès Niederkorn 1-2 Cork City (Progrès win 3-2 on aggregate)

Despite a courageous performance on the night, the European campaign of Cork City FC came to a conclusion in Luxembourg on Thursday evening.

After a bright start, Cork brought themselves right back into the tie in the third minute when Garry Buckley found the back of the net, with a cracking strike on the volley from just outside the box.

City were having the better of the chances and Joel Coustrain had a brilliant opportunity to level the tie up, but his one-on-one effort was saved by Sebastien Flauss in the Progrès goal. Just before half time, Karl Sheppard curled inches over with an effort towards the top corner, while Daire O’Connor saw his attempt saved.

Cork did though level the tie up shortly into the second half. Conor McCarthy was on hand to put the ball home inside the box.

But Progrès would hit the target through a finish by Issa Bah and break City hearts.

Needing another goal at this stage to go through on the away goals rule, Cork went close late on Sean McLoughlin headed over. City did well on the night but came up just short, as Progrès set up a second qualifying round meeting with Rangers.

Progrès Niederkorn: Flauss: Marques, Skenderovic, Hall, Karayer: Vogel: Muratovic (Bah, 66) , Silaj, Thill (Ferino, 90 +1), De Almeida: Tekiela (Shala, 85).

Cork City: McNulty: Horgan, McCarthy, McLoughlin, Hurley (K O’Connor, 90+6): Morrissey, McCormack, Buckley: D O’Connor (Griffin, 82) , Sheppard, Coustrain (Casey, 88).

Referee: M De Gabriele (Malta).

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.