|31 July 2022||4:00 pm||FAI Cup||2022|
Ruairí Keating’s excellent season continued as he scored the only goal in a tense cup tie which was mired with off the field incidents.
Despite their underdog status, it was Cobh who made the brighter start through Luke Desmond and Jake Heagarty in particular.
Indeed, Heagarty nearly put the Rams ahead in the 13th minute when his right footed effort was tipped around the post by Jimmy Corcoran.
Desmon could have had a penalty for Cobh five minutes later when he was upended in the box. The appeal was waved away however by referee Ray Matthews.
Despite being second best for much of the first half, it was City who took the lead in the 27th minute through Ruairí Keating who took advantage of some slack Cobh defending to run in behind the defence from a free kick to slot home.
This goal was the last piece of action which the crowd would see for 12 minutes due to a disturbance in the crowd along with a fence falling in the City away end forcing a lengthy stoppage.
Eleven minutes of injury time were played after the restart with the atmosphere understandably flat after the off-field incidents.
City started the better side in the second half. Two early shots on target were followed by a number of corners with Keating coming closest from a header in the 56th minute.
Cobh’s first chance of the half came from captain John Kavanagh made a good run down the right wing before cutting in a curling a shot just over the bar.
Much like the first half, there was a lull in the middle third with Cork in relative control of the game despite their narrow lead.
Try as they might, Cobh were unable to level the game despite a late flurry with City seeing the game out to progress to the second round draw on Tuesday.
|St. Colman's Park|
|Saint Colman\'s Park, Norwood Park, Cobh Urban, Cobh Municipal District, County Cork, Munster, P24 F252, Ireland|