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Friday 9 December 2016

Cork move on in Europa

Seán Maguire opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 48th minute. Picture Credit: SPORTSFILE
Seán Maguire opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 48th minute. Picture Credit: SPORTSFILE

Cork City did enough to advance to the second qualifying round of the Europa League at Turners Cross last night.

When Seán Maguire opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 48th minute, it put the home side 2-0 ahead on aggregate and seemingly cruising to a meeting with Sweden's BK Hacken next week.

However, Linfield ensured that it wouldn't be a procession though as, with their very first effort on target, they got a goal back when defender Mark Stafford met the delivery of former City man Ross Gaynor.

Had the Belfast side managed to find another, they would have advanced on away goals but City deserve credit for refusing to sit back and in fact looking the likelier to go 2-1 ahead.

That they didn't was largely down to a series of excellent saves from former Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll, who denied Maguire, sub Danny Morrissey and then Gearúid Morrissey to keep the tie alive.

At the death, City broke through Maguire, who found Morrissey and his pass gave another sub, Mark O'Sullivan, a chance, but once again Carroll saved. It didn't matter though as it was the final action and the Rebel Army progress.

Cork City: McNulty; McSweeney (O'Sullivan 56), Bennett, Browne, O'Connor; G Morrissey, Buckley (Healy 65); Beattie, Holohan (D Morrissey 56), Dooley; Maguire.

Linfield: Carroll; Clarke (McLellan 89), Stafford, Haughey, Quinn; Millar (Burns 78), Lowry, Mulgrew, Gaynor; Smith, Waterworth.

Ref: B Frankowski (Poland).

Cork City 1

Linfield 1

(Cork City win 2-1 on agg)

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