Cork City defender Conor McCarthy admitted he feared he had suffered a serious injury such was the strength of clash with Bohemians counterpart Darragh Leahy in the FAI Cup semi-final that led to a vital penalty.

Bohs were set for a place in the final against Dundalk, until it was adjudged that Leahy had fouled McCarthy, a decision which has divided opinion.

McCarthy said: "I haven't seen a replay but my initial reaction was I got a knick on the ball, his leg was high and caught me. That's my view.

"I'm not going to lie, I thought it myself [that I was badly injured]. My initial reaction was "oh no, here we go".

"The lads said in the dressing-room that the clash of legs was frightening and wouldn't want to hear it again."

McCarthy was introduced as a substitute due to an injury to Steven Beattie, who suffered a suspected re-occurrence of a hamstring injury to make him a major doubt for the replay.

The former UCC man could be the man to be called upon again, but he is carrying a niggle after the collision with Leahy.

"That's up to John. It's John's call. It's nothing to do with me. If he selects me all well and good, and hopefully I can play with this injury.

"It was frantic and end to end for most of the game. In a game like that, once you have a good first touch, you should settle into it. Lucky we came away with a draw.

"We're the Cup holders and the main aim is to get back to the Aviva. We have been down the last few weeks. Everyone knows that and that we have lost games.

"It just shows tonight we came back to basics, dug in towards the end and came out with the result. That's what we do."