FAI R2
Date: 7:45 p.m. Aug. 23, 2019
Venue: Eamonn Deacy Park
Att: 717

Conor Melody 45' -
Scored: 45'



FAI Cup Report: Galway United 1 - 0 Cork City

Fri, Aug 23 2019

Conor Melody Credit: Steve Alfred

Paul Corcoran reports from Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United caused a major upset in the second round of the FAI Cup beating Cork City 1-0 when they visited Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night.

A goal from Conor Melody on the stroke of half time from a Stephen Christopher corner kick made the difference in a game which The Tribesmen appeared to dominate for large portions.

Early signs pointed to Galway United making the breakthrough as 15 minutes in Conor Melody had an excellent chance when he rattled a shot off after a great turn just outside the box. The ball was blocked by Cork bodies and ended up going behind.

Conor Barry seems to be coming into form after scoring in United’s 1-0 win over Cabinteely last week and he got a chance to put his side ahead with some decent foot work in the box but his rasping effort went wide of the Cork goal.

Mark O’Sullivan took on a mazy dribble towards the Galway goal midway through the first half and the striker could have grabbed a goal for himself but an excellent block by Stephen Walsh prevented the Cork player from challenging Kevin Horgan.

Moments later Walsh should have taken the lead for The Tribesmen after a great cross from Marc Ludden was left in the box by Melody at the behest of his captain. Walsh tried to volley the ball but the connection was poor and McNulty had no trouble gathering the ball into his chest.

Conor Barry too got in on the action again in the first half. Nugent received the ball just outside the box and the midfielder held on until Barry came free, a simple sideways pass allowed the forward to send a looping effort high towards goal but he only managed to hit the roof of the net.

Just before half time The Tribesmen won a corner after some great football by Donal Higgins. Stephen Christopher played the ball in from the flag and Conor Melody managed to get his head to it to nudge the ball over the line, sending the home fans into raptures.

Galway remained on top in the second half and with an hour gone they came close to doubling their lead. Conor Barry laid off a lovely ball to his right towards Donal Higgins and the young midfielder struck a great effort goalward with McNulty having to get right down on it to prevent the goal.

A great move in the 77th minute nearly put the game beyond doubt when Conor Barry slipped a lovely ball out wide to Donal Higgins. Higgins took the ball towards goal and dragged the ball back to Conor Melody but his effort was far too high to cause trouble.

Deep into injury time Cork had a chance to equalise but their free-kick routine didn’t pay off when Hurley smashed the ball at the wall, Chris Horgan was the first to react, clearing the ball.

Galway United: Kevin Horgan; Marc Ludden, Stephen Walsh, Jack Lynch, Killian Brouder (Cian Murphy, 84); Stephen Christopher, Joe Collins, Donal Higgins, Maurice Nugent (Christopher Horgan, 83), Conor Melody (Vinny Faherty, 84); Conor Barry.

Subs not used: Cian Mulryan, Colin Kelly, Wilson Waweru, Dara Costelloe.

Booked: Marc Ludden (82)

Cork City: Mark McNulty; Colm Horgan, Dan Casey, Kevin O’Connor (Karl Sheppard, 31), Conor McCarthy; Joel Coustrain (Shane Griffin, 45), Gearoid Morrissey, Garry Buckley, Ronan Hurley; Eoghan Stokes (Beineon O’Brien Whitmarsh, 75), Mark O’Sullivan.

Subs not used: Tadhg Ryan, Alan Bennett, Alec Byrne, Darragh Crowley.

Booked: None

Referee: Rob Rogers.

Attendance: 717

Extratime.ie Player of the Match: Conor Barry (Galway United)


Galway United
Kevin Horgan
Goalkeeper
Stephen Walsh
Defender
Maurice Nugent
82'
82Subbed Off: 82'
Defender
Jack Lynch
Defender
Marc Ludden
81Booked: 81'
Defender
Stephen Christopher
Defender
Killian Brouder
85'
85Subbed Off: 85'
Defender
Conor Melody
45Scored: 45'
84'
84Subbed Off: 84'
Midfielder
Donal Higgins
Midfielder
Joe Collins
Midfielder
Conor Barry
Forward

Substitutes
Wilson Waweru
Midfield
Cian Murphy
85'
85Subbed On: 85'
Defender
Cian Mulryan
Goalkeeper
Colin Kelly
Midfield
Christopher Horgan
82'
82Subbed On: 82'
Midfield
Vinny Faherty
84'
84Subbed On: 84'
Forward
Dara Costelloe
Defender
Cork City
Mark McNulty
Goalkeeper
Dan Casey
Defender
Colm Horgan
Defender
Conor McCarthy
Defender
Kevin O'Connor
Defender 31'
31Subbed Off: 31'
Garry Buckley
Midfielder
Joel Coustrain
Midfielder 46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Ronan Hurley
Midfielder
GearĂ³id Morrissey
Midfielder
Mark O'Sullivan
Forward
Eoghan Stokes
Forward 74'
74Subbed Off: 74'

Substitutes
Alan Bennett
Defender
Alec Byrne
Midfield
Darragh Crowley
Midfield
Shane Griffin
Defender
46Subbed On: 46'
46'
Beineon O'Brien Whitmarsh
Forward
74Subbed On: 74'
74'
Tadhg Ryan
Goalkeeper
Karl Sheppard
Forward
31Subbed On: 31'
31'