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Cork City begin FAI Cup three-in-a-row bid by easing to 5-1 victory

Limerick have also booked their place in tomorrow evening’s second round draw.

Updated Aug 12th 2018, 5:14 PM

Kieran Sadlier celebrates scoring a penalty goal Kieran Sadlier celebrates after scoring Cork City's fifth goal. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

Home Farm 1
Cork City 5

Dave Donnelly reports from Whitehall Stadium

A FIRST-HALF BLITZ saw Cork City past a potential banana skin in Home Farm as they look to win the FAI Cup for a third consecutive season.

Rónán Coughlan scored twice, while Josh O’Hanlon, Barry McNamee and Kieran Sadlier also hit the net, but it was home striker Sean Goudling who grabbed the goal of the game late in the first half.

Home Farm started with Ollie Cahill in midfield — the PFAI executive just a month shy of his 43rd birthday — 16 years after he brought a prolific spell with the Rebel Army to an end.

City boss John Caulfield made 10 changes from the side beaten 2-0 by Rosenborg on Thursday, with just McNamee retained, while Gearoid Morrissey came off early with Thursday’s second leg in Trondheim in mind.

James Duff and Barry McNamee James Duff of Home Farm under pressure from Cork City's Barry McNamee. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

The Leesiders wasted no time racking up a scoreline as Conor McCarthy’s ball down the line sent O’Hanlon clean through in the third minute, and the striker had time to pick out the corner.

Five minutes later, it was 2-0 as Coughlan bagged his first of the game after Home Farm goalkeeper Liam Woodcock spilled a straightforward O’Hanlon cross.

Coughlan got his second four minutes later when McNamee’s shot was deflected into the path of McCarthy, and he unselfishly squared for the former Bray Wanderers man to tap into an empty net.

City had to wait until just past the half-hour to add to their lead, McNamee finishing smartly on the half-volley after Kieran Sadlier had done brilliantly down the left.

The Leinster Senior League side were far from done, however, and they pulled one back following a mistake from Johnny Dunleavy, who was starting for the first time in 14 months after recovering from a serious knee injury.

Sean Goulding celebrates scoring a goal with teammates Home Farm players celebrate after Sean Goulding's goal. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

His pass out of his own half was intercepted by Goulding and, seeing Peter Cherrie out of his box, the striker steadied himself before clipping the ball into the empty net from halfway.

Goulding could have had another equally spectacular goal moments later when he attempted to catch Christy Doran’s cross on the volley over his shoulder, but he just missed in his attempt to connect with the ball.

Just before the interval, a mistake from James Duff saw Coughlan nick the ball off the captain’s toe before being clipped in the box, and Sadlier sent Woodcock the wrong way from 12 yards.

Having scored five before the break, it wasn’t beyond possibility that City could replicate Derry City’s tally of 12 against Blarney United yesterday, but instead there were no further goals during a scrappy second half.

Meanwhile, Limerick have completed the line-up for tomorrow evening’s second-round draw after they travelled to Donegal and saw off the challenge of Cockhill Celtic.

Second-half goals from Killian Brouder and Barry Maguire helped Tommy Barrett’s side to a 2-0 victory.

HOME FARM: Liam Woodcock; Stephen O’Sullivan, James Duff, Jack McMullan, Michael Lynch (Gavin Carroll, 29); Eoin Murray (Aaron O’Dwyer, 53), Ollie Cahill, Bradlee Hand (Matt McEntee, 77), Padraig Gilsenan, Christy Doran; Sean Goulding.

CORK CITY: Peter Cherrie; Conor McCarthy, Alan Bennett, Aaron Barry, John Dunleavy; Gearoid Morrissey (Alec Byrne, 54), Pierce Phillips, Barry McNamee (Ronan Hurley, 70); Ronan Coughlan, Kieran Sadlier (Cian Murphy, 62), Josh O’Hanlon.

Referee: Rob Rogers.

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