Ruthless, efficient, clinical, magnificent. So many words to describe this Cork City performance, with Kieran Sadlier putting on a masterclass for the crowd in City Calling stadium.
So many other terms could describe Longford Town’s performance, with the second half a complete non-event for the Midlands side, who appeared to give up completely as the game went on.
City came to Longford with a point to prove after an embarrassing home defeat to Sligo last week and they showed why they are going for three cups in a row tonight, with Caulfields charges excellent from start to finish.
Darren Meenan’s red card in the 39th minute all but ended the match as a contest, as Longford Town were never going to be able to compete with the rebel army when losing an influential player in the opening half.
Meenan leaned in with a reckless challenge on Sadlier, with the red card debateable, although in real time, which the referee had to rely on, it looked like a sending-off offence.
Longford competed for the opening 18 minutes, before Cork City opened the scoring courtesy of midfielder Gearoid Morrissey who managed an overhead kick after Kieran Sadlier’s corner.
Sadlier then found the net with a header after being set up by Karl Sheppard and the hosts faced a massive uphill battle at this stage.
All the top teams display some ruthless characteristics and Cork City certainly showed they can be included in this bracket with five second half giving the visitors a SEVEN goal victory.
A mistake from Tristan Noack-Hoffman allowed Ronan Coughlan to tap in Cork City’s third goal and it was always going to be a facile victory from that stage onwards as Longford Town completely collapsed.
Sadlier tapped in for 4-0, before former Town player Josh O’Hanlon found the net.
And he then added a wonder goal to finish the contest, before City substitute Barry McNamee got in on the act at the death.
For Cork City the performance was as close to perfect as one can imagine. For Longford Town the opposite is true with Neale Fenn’s charges not performing anywhere near their potential.
Longford Town: Michael Kelly; Shane Elworthy, Tristan Noack-Hofmann, Michael McDonnell, Karl Chambers; Peter Hopkins (Tumelo Tlou 60), Dean Zambra, Aodh Dervin, Dylan McGlade (Eoin O’Neill 63); Darren Meenan; Jamie Doyle (Dean Dillon 74).
Cork City: Peter Cherrie; Steven Beattie, Alan Bennett (Barry McNamee, 57), Aaron Barry, Shane Griffin; Gearoid Morrissey (Josh O’Hanlon 67), Jimmy Keohane; Karl Sheppard (Shane Daly-Butz 67), Garry Buckley, Kieran Sadlier; Ronan Coughlan.
Referee: Ray Matthews (Mullingar).