Date Time League Season
6 August 2021 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2021

Match Report

Kennedy seals the deal for Cork City

Substitute Sean Kennedy seals all three points for Cork City at Eamonn Deacy Park tonight. Colin Healy’s side beat Galway United 3-2 in the League Of Ireland First Division.

Dylan McGlade and Darragh Crowley’s first half strikes were cancelled out by Wilson Waweru and Killian Brouder before Kennedy’s strike fifteen minutes from time secured a valuable win for the Rebel Army.

Galway started the game off on the front foot and almost opened the scoring inside the first ten minutes when Conor McCormack’s cross was met by the head of Wilson Waweru but Mark McNulty made a great stop to deny the Galway striker.

McGlade then produced a moment of magic in the 15th minute when he cut in from the left hand side and hit a low driven shot past Conor Kearns from 25 yards out to give the away team the lead.

Less than ten minutes later, the Tribesmen did manage to equalise when Killian Brouder’s long throw was met by the lively Waweru who headed home from close range to draw the sides level.

However, John Caulfield’s sides joy was short lived. Cian Murphy’s cross was parried away by Kearns but only as far as Crowley who blasted home from inside the Galway box to give Cork City the lead just a couple of moments after the home side equalised.

On the cusp of half time, Conor McCormack’s corner kick was met by Killian Brouder’s who headed home from close range to draw the sides level going into the interval.

The second period started off at a much slower pace than the end to end first half. That was until Cian Coleman’s header looked to have struck the arm of Brouder inside the Galway penalty area. The linesman seemed to raise his flag to award a penalty to the away side but after consulting with the referee, no penalty was awarded much to the disbelief of the Cork City bench.

McNulty was called into action midway through the second period when Shane Doherty’s effort from long range was saved, but only into the path of Galway United top scorer Ruairi Keating; who looked destined to score from close range. The veteran keeper dived to his right to make a fantastic save to keep the scores level.

Just under 15 minutes from time Gordon Walker found himself in acres of space down the right wing and the fullback squared the ball to substitute Kennedy who had only been on the pitch a couple of moments. Kennedy made no mistake as he fired the ball past Conor Kearns to hand all three points to Cork City.

  • 94'

    And the referee blows his whistle for full time and Cork City with a massive win over Galway United. Brilliant end to end game and fantastic football throughout from both sides.

  • 90'

    The Tribesmen still pushing for an equaliser.

  • 90'

    4 minutes added on here in Galway.

  • 88'

    Nugent is booked for the home side.

  • 84'

    Rowe is on for Boylan. Rowe takes the free kick with his first touch and forces the save from McNulty.

  • 84'

    Oluwa is on for Hurley .

  • 83'

    Cunningham is brought down just outside the Cork box. Coleman sees yellow for the tackle. Free kick in a very dangerous area.

  • 81'

    Murphy is the first Cork City player in the book after his challenge on Nugent.

  • 77'

    And the substitute does it, Sean Kennedy fires home from ten yards out after a great cut back from Gordon Walker

  • 74'

    Alec Byrne is replaced by Sean Kennedy.

  • 74'

    Aaron Bolger replaces O'Brien Whitmarsh.

  • 74'

    Walsh is booked for the home side.

  • 71'

    Gary Boylan releases a rocket from 25 yards which is saved again by McNulty.

  • 70'

    Mark McNulty with a wonderful double save. Doherty's shot from distance is parried by McNulty before Keating's follow up from a couple yards out is saved excellently.

  • 68'

    Coffey's free kick from distance doesn't trouble Kearns as his effort goes high and wide of the target.

  • 67'

    McCormack booked for Galway United.

  • 62'

    Shane Doherty replaces Mikey Place.

  • 62'

    Cunningham is coming on now for Galway United to replace Wilson Waweru. The Galway forward has five goals off the bench already this season.

  • 60'

    Hurley sees yellow for the home side.

  • 58'

    Huge shout for a handball after Coleman's header seems to hit the arm of Brouder. The linesman awards penalty but the referee overrules his assistant.

  • 54'

    Brouder scores after challenging McNulty in the air but the referee awards a free kick to the City keeper.

  • 51'

    Hurley with a dangerous ball into Keating who can't find the target with his header but the ball goes out for a Galway corner and McNulty can't claim the second ball.

  • 48'

    Conor McCormack with a great flick over Alec Byrne but his half volley goes high and wide of the Cork City goal.

  • 46'

    Back underway for the second period.

  • And the sides are back out on the pitch ahead of the second half.

  • 45'

    Half time here at Deacy Park and a wonderful end to end game so far.

  • 43'

    That equaliser has lifted the home side and their fans with Galway United pressing for another before the interval.

  • 41'

    Goal and Brouder with the header from McCormack's corner and the scores are level again.

  • 40'

    And Mark McNulty does it again, a wonderful save from the veteran to deny Hurley from levelling the scores.

  • 31'

    David Hurley tries a curler from just outside the area but can't keep his effort down as it flies over McNulty and the Cork City net.

  • 29'

    Hurley and McGlade linking up well down the Cork left wing and McGlade's cross is met by Murphy but the City man can't direct his shot on target.

  • 28'

    End to end stuff here at Eamonn Deacy Park. Strong challenges flying in here adding to the incredible atmosphere.

  • 26'

    And Cork City go in front again , Crowley follows up after Kearns parried Murphy's cross and the away side lead again. Cracking game so far

  • 24'

    Waweru equalises for Galway United. Brouder's long throw is met by Wilson Waweru who beats McNulty.

  • 19'

    David Hurley's corner is met by Keating whose header goes into the side netting. Great reaction from the home side since falling behind.

  • 18'

    McNulty with another fine save for the Rebal Army to deny Waweru's header.

  • 15'

    What a strike from Dylan McGlade. The Cork City man cuts in from the left and hits a low shot from 25 yards into the bottom corner past Kearns.

  • 7'

    Big chance for Galway United, McCormack's cross is met by Waweru but McNulty gets down well to deny the striker.

  • 5'

    David Hurley's effort from 20 yards goes over the bar but some promising play from Waweru and Hurley for the home side.

  • 4'

    Great atmosphere here in Galway with 800 supporters at tonight's game.

  • 1'

    Early chance for Cian Murphy and Cork City. McGlade's ball into the box is met by Murphy who can't direct his fshot on target.

  • 1'

    And we're underway at Eamonn Deacy Park.

  • Galway XI: Kearns, O'Keefe, Walsh, Boylan, Brouder, Nugent, Keating, Hurley, Waweru, Place, McCormack.

  • Both sides warming up here with just over 15 minutes until kick off here in Galway. Team news for the home side to follow shortly.

  • Cork City Starting XI: McNulty, Hurley, McGlade, Coleman, Baineón, Coffey, Byrne, Crowley, Honohan, Murphy, Walker

  • Hello and welcome to for tonights game between Galway United and Cork City at Eamonn Deacy Park. Team news to follow in the next hour.

Galway Utd

2Conor O’Keeffe Defender
3Stephen Walsh Defender 74'
4Gary Boylan 14 Defender
5Killian Brouder Defender 41'
6Maurice Nugent Defender
7Ruairi Keating Forward
10David Hurley 17 Midfielder 60'
16Conor Kearns Goalkeeper
18Wilson Waweru 9 Forward 24'
20Mikey Place 11 Midfielder
22Conor McCormack Midfielder 67'
9Padraic Cunningham 18 Forward
11Shane Doherty 20 Midfielder
14Mikie Rowe 4 Midfielder
17Thomas Oluwa 10 Forward
17Caoilfhionn O’Dea Midfielder
18Luke Dennison Goalkeeper
21Christopher Horgan Defender
25Alex Murphy Defender
32Joe Gorman Defender

Cork City

1Mark McNulty Goalkeeper
3Ronan Hurley Defender
7Dylan McGlade Midfielder 15'
8Cian Coleman Midfielder 83'
9Beineon O’Brien Whitmarsh 33 Forward
14Barry Coffey Midfielder
16Alec Byrne 20 Midfielder
17Darragh Crowley Forward 26'
18Joshua Honohan Defender
24Cian Murphy Forward 81'
25Gordon Walker Defender
11Cian Bargary Midfielder
20Sean Kennedy 16 Midfielder 77'
20Paul Hunt Goalkeeper
21Oran Crowe Midfielder
25Jamie Wynne Forward
27Jack Walsh Forward
30Joe O’Brien-Whitmarsh Midfielder
32Luke Desmond Midfielder
33Aaron Bolger 9 Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 9)
1 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Galway United

5 - 1
eLOI Group A
Online Event

Cork City v Galway United


Eamonn Deacy Park
Eamonn Deacy Park, Dyke Road, Terryland, Menlough, Galway City, County Galway, Connacht, H91 ET6N, Ireland

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