FAI Ford Cup Round 2
City's football was exceptional and they took the lead after four minutes when Mark O' Sullivan headed home a Lenihan cross. It was a disappointing start for the Saints but credit to City it was a fantastic opening goal. Glen Crowe tested Cork keeper Mark Mc Nulty on eleven minutes. Paul Mc Nally was replaced after thirteen minutes after picking up an injury. Mark Sheridan came on and Saints skipper Martin O' Neill slotted into the Saints defence. Sheridan had an excellent game and was involved in all the good Saints football. Gary Wilson had a shot that went wide in the twelfth minute as the Saints started to settle. Wilson has had a terrific season and was the Westend Barbers - St. Mochta's man of the match.
City doubled their lead on 25 minutes when Billy Dennehy fired the ball into the bottom corner, after a very quick Cork move. John Caulfield's side made it 3-0 on the half hour mark, Lehane scored with a powerful header from a Turner cross, Saints goalkeeper Warren Fee had no chance. Cork's passing and movement was exceptional and the deliveries into the penalty area were fast and very dangerous. City made it 4-0 just before the break, Dennehy slotted the ball home after another excellent Turner cross.
Aaron O' Brien and Gary Hilliard replaced Jonathan Lyons and Jordan Lancaster at the break. O' Brien was superb, the brave eighteen year old, gave Cork some problems on the right. Danny Morrissey made it 5-0 with his first touch after coming on as a sub, Morrissey's finish was ruthless from a Lehane cross. City finished the scoring with ten minutes remaining. Ian Turner scored when his shot from distance, crept into the corner of the net, under the body of the unlucky Fee.
The final whistle was greeted with huge applause, and We love you - Mochtas was belted out from the away end. Loud and very proud. Our supporters were magnificent all night and really enjoyed the trip to the home of Cork City. It was always going to be a huge task against one of the best sides in the country. The Cork City supporters stayed behind on a wet night to applaud the St. Mochta's players off the pitch. It was a very nice touch by the City fans. Manager, Brian Mc Carthy said after the game, " The lads gave it everything, we've had a fantastic season and I'm very proud of what we have achieved this season, thanks to our supporters who were amazing, Cork City are a brilliant side and best of luck to them for the rest of the season".
Our season ended with a promotion and a cup. The trip to play Cork City was the icing on the cake. It's been a beautiful journey that's packed with so many memories. The ambition now will be to create more. It's not a manager, coaching staff or group of players who will rest on their laurels. Thanks to Brian, Bobby, Paul and all the players for an incredible season. Thanks to Cork City for the very warm welcome. Cork City are a great club and we wish them the best of luck for the rest of the season. We will enjoy the break and look forward to next season.
It's what we do.
Once a Saint. Always a Saint.
Cork City : Mark Mc Nulty ( Kevin O' Brien 57 ) Brian Lenihan, Dan Murray, John Dunleavy, John Kavanagh, Ian Turner, Gearoid Morrissey ( Darren Dennehy 66 ) Dave O' Leary, Billy Dennehy, Mark O' Sullivan ( Danny Morrissey 48) Rob Lehane.
Subs not used : Neal Horgan, Colin Healy, Garry Buckley, Cian Coleman.
St. Mochta's : Warren Fee, Gary Wilson, Paul Mc Nally ( Mark Sheridan 13 ) Luke Harrison, Gavin Smith, Craig Sheridan, John Reilly, Martin O' Neill, Jonathan Lyons ( Gary Hilliard 46 ) Jordan Lancaster ( Aaron O' Brien 46 ) Glen Crowe.
Subs not used : Kenneth Cragie ( GK ) Brian Minnock, Cillien Corcoran, Glen McLoughlin.