FAI CUP: Derry City crash out of FAI Cup after Turner’s Cross defeat

Cork City celebrate a 3-0 quarter-final win over Derry City.
Cork City celebrate a 3-0 quarter-final win over Derry City.

ERRY CITY crashed out of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup tonight following a 3-0 defeat to Cork City in the quarter-final replay at Turner’s Cross.

The game was still in the balance at the half-time interval with neither team able to break the deadlock, however, as Cork attacked the Shed End in the second half they soon broke the visitors’ resolve.

Goals from Ross Gaynor and Garry Buckley in quick succession gave the Candystripes a mountain to climb and a sublime finish from John O’Flynn in the dying moments ensured Cork’s passage into the semi-finals where they meet Bray Wanderers in Co. Wicklow next month.

Cork came so close to finding the target on 19 minutes when Gaynor’s shot was cleared off the line. The Rebels continued to press forward and on 38 minutes McSweeney cut inside before shooting narrowly over.

In the second half Billy Dennehy ran down the left side and cut it back ino the path of Buckley but he mishit his shot from close range and the chance was lost.

Derry had their best chance on 68 minutes when Philip Lowry, who returned from suspension, hit the post before Cork keeper Mark McNulty blocked the rebound.

Cork went in front on 75 minutes when Gaynor found the back of the net with a superb strike. And Buckley soon doubled that lead.

Substitute O’Flynn then completed the win for Cork when he expertly lobbed Gerard Doherty on 88 minutes to signal the end of Derry’s cup run.

Peter Hutton must now lift his troops for the visit of Shamrock Rovers to Brandywell on Friday night as they strive to preserve their Premier Division status.