Cobh Wanderers see off Avondale

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Cobh Wanderers see off Avondale

Avondale United 0 Cobh Wanderers 3 - Cobh Wanderers booked their place in the last 16 of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Senior Cup after a comfortable 3-0 replay win over Avondale.
3rd Jun 2015

Cobh had to fight back from two goals down twice in the first game before forcing a 3-3 draw, but they were full value for their win and should have won by more.

A late goal from Shane Geasley, added to his eighth minute opener which was quickly followed by an Ian Stapleton strike, secured a safe passage into the next round for Cobh.

Avondale keeper Dane Murphy pulled off a string of saves to keep the result at 3-0, though those missed chances must go down to poor finishing as much as good goalkeeping.

After Geasley and Stapleton had Cobh 2-0 ahead by the 12th minute, the tie should have been over five minutes before half-time when Conor Meade sent Davin O’Neill racing down the right, but his chip over Murphy from close range went wide.

Avondale had a couple of half chances from set-pieces in the second half, but it was Cobh who posed the greater scoring threat.

Conor Meade could have had a hat-trick. He attempted to chip Murphy three times when straightforwards strikes might have proved more fruitful. The first two were saved for corners while the third flew over the bar.

O’Neill was then denied by another fine stop from Murphy who also did well to grab Peter Nolan’s long range effort which looked like it might drop over the keeper’s head.

Cobh finally got their third in injury-time when Nolan fed Geasley and his strike from the edge of the area found the net.

AVONDALE UNITED: Murphy, Kiely, Kelly (Carroll 87), Lougheed, Horgan, Mulconry, Caulfield, Comerford, Holland, Cairns (Connolly 80), Warren.

COBH WANDERERS: Hallahan, Hastings, Collins, Kavanagh, Fitzgerald, O’Shea, Geasley, Stapleton, O’Neill, Meade, Nolan.

Referee: Anthony Buttimer.