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Dublin: 9 °C Wednesday 20 November, 2019
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Good evening, folks. Welcome along to Turner’s Cross for tonight’s meeting of Cork City and Dundalk in the 2017 President’s Cup.

Cork City are looking to retain the cup they won here last year at Dundalk’s expense, while Stephen Kenny’s side are beginning life without many of the stars who made 2016 so memorable for them, including Daryl Horgan, Andy Boyle and Ronan Finn.

Kick-off here at a rainy Turner’s Cross is at 7.45pm and we’ll aim to keep you updated throughout the game as thoroughly as we can.

As you can see from the line-ups, Cork City manager John Caulfield hands debuts to new signings Ryan Delaney, Jimmy Keohane and Conor McCormack. Alan Bennett is out injured, while his central defensive partner Kenny Browne isn’t in the squad either. Despite signing a new contract for this season, Browne is rumoured to be on his way to Waterford FC. John Dunleavy remains on the sidelines after missing most of last season through injury.

The only new face in the Dundalk team is Michael Duffy, with former Chelsea youth team captain Conor Clifford named among the substitutes. Dundalk have travelled south without Gary Rogers, Shane Grimes, Chris Shields and David McMillan, while the game comes too soon for new arrival Thomas Stewart.

President Michael D. Higgins won’t be here tonight as he’s abroad. He gave this interview to the FAI this week.

Source: FAI TV/YouTube

Cork City players going through the final stages of their warm-up…

Cork warm up before the game Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

Decent crowd in for this game despite the bad weather. Probably between 3,000 and 4,000.

We’re underway.

Cork City 0 Dundalk 0

7 – Maguire fouled on the edge of the box for City. O’Connor takes free kick short to Buckley but it’s blocked.

Cork City 0 Dundalk 0

8 – McEleney’s cross from the right for Dundalk is aimed at Benson but City clear.

Cork City 0 Dundalk 0

8 – McEleney capitalises on a mistake by McCormack, Kilduff is played through on goal but McNulty makes a crucial save.

Cork City 0 Dundalk 0

13 – Keohane fouled just outside the Dundalk box. O’Connor’s effort beats the wall but Sava saves, although it may have been drifting wide anyway.

Cork City 0 Dundalk 0

15 – McCormack tries to play Beattie in behind the Dundalk defence but the pass is much too heavy.

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Cork City 1 Dundalk 0

GOAL! Sean Maguire gives the home side the lead against his former club.

Kilduff was dispossessed on the edge of City’s box after being teed up by Benson, the Leesiders broke with a long ball out of defence by Buckley, Maguire turned Barrett inside out on the left before firing past Sava from a tight angle.

Cork City 1 Dundalk 0

That goal came in the 16th minute.

Cork City 1 Dundalk 0

23 – Buckley’s volley from O’Connor’s corner is blocked and cleared.

Cork City 1 Dundalk 0

26 – McEleney shoots from just outside the box but it drifts harmlessly wide.

Cork City 1 Dundalk 0

27 – Good work from Keohane on the right, he crosses but Barrett turns it away for a corner. O’Connor’s corner is cleared as far as McCormack, who lobs the ball back into the box. It ends up in the net but it’s ruled out for offside as Keohane was deemed to be interfering with play. Relief for Sava as the ball went through his legs.

Cork City 1 Dundalk 0

30 – Maguire breaks and tries to chip Sava but it’s well off target.

Cork City 1 Dundalk 0

31 – Duffy’s low free kick from the edge of the box goes a yard wide of the Cork City post.

Cork City 1 Dundalk 0

32 – Benson looks for Mountney at the back post with a cross from the left but his ball is too heavy.

Cork City 1 Dundalk 0

34 – McEleney’s cross from the left finds Mountney’s head but McNulty makes a brilliant save. Then Gartland heads off target from Mountney’s corner.

Cork City 1 Dundalk 0

41 – Brilliant interchange of passes between Buckley and Maguire, who takes it around Sava but can only find the side netting from a tight angle.

Cork City 1 Dundalk 0

42 – Fine effort by  Benson for Dundalk goes just over.

Cork City 1 Dundalk 0

45 – Kevin O’Connor booked for a foul on Paddy Barrett. Dane Massey’s free kick hits the wall and goes for a corner. City clear the danger and break but the referee blows for half time.

Half-time: Cork City 1 Dundalk 0

Very enjoyable game so far. We’ll be back in 15 minutes.

Cork City 1 Dundalk 0

We’re back underway.

Cork City 1 Dundalk 0

48 – Buckley tees up Maguire on the edge of the box but it’s deflected over for a corner, which Gartland clears.

Cork City 1 Dundalk 0

50 – Maguire gets his head on Dooley’s corner but it’s saved by Sava.

Cork City 1 Dundalk 0

52 – Kilduff controls Mountney’s cross from the right but City clear the danger.

Cork City 1 Dundalk 0

57 – Great chance for Dundalk but Duffy fires across the face of goal.

Cork City 1 Dundalk 0

3,140 attendance at Turner’s Cross.

Cork City 1 Dundalk 0

61 – Morrissey fires way over the crossbar for City.

Cork City 1 Dundalk 0

65 – Keohane capitalises on a slip by Gannon but he fires wide.

Karl Sheppard replaces Greg Bolger for Cork City.

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Cork City 2 Dundalk 0

GOAL! 69 – Barrett booked for a foul on Dooley just outside the box. O’Connor’s free kick ends up in the top corner.

Cork City 2 Dundalk 0

74 – Steve Kinsella replaces John Mountney for Dundalk.

That’s a super strike from O’Connor, who bends the ball around the wall and into the top corner. Sava got a hand to it but isn’t strong enough.

Kevin O'Connor free-kick Source: Twitter/FAIreland

Cork City 2 Dundalk 0

78 – Conor Clifford is on for his Dundalk debut. He replaces Stephen O’Donnell.

Cork City 2 Dundalk 0

79 – Sheppard takes on Barrett down the right but fires his shot across the face of goal.

Niclas Vemmelund is on for Sean Gannon, Jamie McGrath replaces Michael Duffy.

Cork City 2 Dundalk 0

83 – Shane Griffin makes his Cork City debut, replacing Steven Beattie.

Cork City 2 Dundalk 0

86 – McEleney cuts in from the left but his shot is easily saved by McNulty.

Cork City 2 Dundalk 0

87 – Connor Ellis replaces Gearoid Morrissey for Cork City.

Cork City 2 Dundalk 0

90 – Stoppage here for an injury to Kilduff. Five minutes to be added on.

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Cork City 3 Dundalk 0

GOAL! 90 – In the sixth minute of added time, Sheppard gets in from the right to cap the win.

Full-time: Cork City 3 Dundalk 0

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