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Dublin: 9°C Wednesday 27 January 2021

Preston-bound defender on target as Cork City claim first Munster Senior Cup since 2008

Kevin O’Connor scored as the Leesiders earned an extra-time victory.

Sean Maguire (left) and Kevin O'Connor (right) both featured tonight (file pic).
Sean Maguire (left) and Kevin O'Connor (right) both featured tonight (file pic).
Image: Bryan Keane/INPHO

IT’S BEEN A season to remember so far for Cork City, and they created another memorable occasion at Turner’s Cross tonight by winning their first Munster Senior Cup since 2008.

With a number of the U19 side currently busy with their Leaving Cert, the Leesiders fielded a strong side as they took on a Wilton team aiming to end their 23-game unbeaten run.

Ultimately, it required a 4-2 extra-time victory for a Cork side featuring star player Sean Maguire, who came off the bench in the dying minutes of normal time.

Goals from Preston-bound Kevin O’Connor, Garry Buckley, Achille Campion and Alec Byrne ensured the Rebels earned a hard-fought win.

Colm O’Regan and Steve Daly got the goals for a Wilton side that put in a brave effort, while 37-year-old former City star and author of the acclaimed ‘Second City’ book Neal Horgan featured for the underdogs.

O’Connor’s excellent free-kick had given Cork an early lead, before Steve Daly equalised on the brink of half-time.

Buckley’s powerful strike from the edge of the area restored the Leesiders’ advantage, before O’Regan equalised again thanks to a fine finish with just over 20 minutes remaining.

A clever chip over the goalkeeper from Campion put City back in front early in extra time before a Byrne tap-in made sure of the victory.

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