Cork City leave it late to claim FAI Umbro Youth Cup

Cork City leave it late to claim FAI Umbro Youth Cup

Cork City 2-1 Salthill Devon Cork City claimed their third FAI Youth Cup title in Turner’s Cross today (Sunday) with a 2-1 victory over Galway’s Salthill Devon.
17th May 2009

Cork City   2 - 1   Salthill Devon
John Slattery 5        Gerry Dolan 29
Robert Waters pen 90 + 4 
Cork City claimed their third FAI Youth Cup title in Turner’s Cross today (Sunday) with a 2-1 victory over Galway’s Salthill Devon.
Cork took the lead after five minutes through John Slattery but his goal was cancelled out by Gerry Dolan in the 29th minute. Cork scored the winning goal four minutes into injury time when Robert Waters scored from the spot after Heffernan was brought down.
In a fast and furious start to the game at the rain soaked Turners Cross, it was Cork City who struck first with a goal gifted to them by the Salthill defence. A corner from the right hand side was drifted in by Cork’s right back, John Slattery, and his looping cross evaded everybody in the box as it nestled in the back of the net after only five minutes.

Cork almost doubled their lead after 19 minutes when a corner from striker Eoin Kilcommons found the head of Rory Morrissey but his powerful header went just over Ronan Forde’s crossbar.

Salthill equalised in the 29th minute when Cork’s defence failed to clear a corner from the left and Gerry Dolan was on hand to nod the ball home from five yards out.

The Galway side were putting Paul Bowdren’s Cork side under severe pressure and they had a number of chances to take the lead before the half time break. Brian Gaffney came closest in the 37th minute when his free-kick from the edge of the box was pawed away by Ryan Price in Cork’s goal.

In a tightly contested second half, neither side looked likely to score until Cork City midfielder Robert Waters almost grabbed a sensational goal at the death with a powerful strike from 25 yards out but his effort went just over Ronan Forde’s goal.

Deep into the fourth minute of injury time, Cork grabbed the winning goal after Willie Heffernan was brought down in the box by Evan Preston Kelly and Cork’s Robert Waters stepped up and slotted the penalty past Ronan Forde.

Cork City: Ryan Price, Alan Sheehan, John Slattery, Kevin Long (C), Eamonn Fitzgerald, Robert Waters, Kenny O’Leary, Liam Collins, Eoin Kilcommons, Rory Morrissey, Willie Heffernan.

Substitutes: Cian Coleman, Gary Twomey, Sean Stokes (on for O’Leary, 60 mins), Kevin Sullivan, Damien Cotter, Kieran Kennelly (on for Kilcommons, 75 mins), Tom O’Hanlon.

Coach: Paul Bowdren

Salthill Devon: Ronan Forde, Evan Preston Kelly, Gearoid O’Cualainn, Greg Sheedy, Conor Larkin, Eoin Duffy (C), Ger Cheevers, Fergus Kerrigan Gerry Dolan, Brian O’Grady, Brian Gaffney.

Substitutes: Brian Conlon (on for O’Grady, 73 mins), Tommy Bradshaw (on for Fergus Kerrigan, 82 mins), Darryl Horgan (on for Cheevers, 64 mins), Matt Roach, Ryan Mangan, Cian Fadden, Colm Smyth.

Referee: Noel Purcell