Cork City are through to their fourth consecutive Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup final as they defeated Bohemians 2-1 in the semi-final replay at Turner’s Cross on Monday evening.
First-half goals from Graham Cummins and Karl Sheppard was enough to send the holders through following their first victory in five games at the expense of Bohs, who responded in vein with an incredible second-half strike from Ian Morris.
John Caulfield made two changes to the side that drew 1-1 in the first match at Dalymount Park eight days previous with Conor McCarthy replacing the injured Steven Beattie at right back while Graham Cummins returned in attack in place of Ronan Coughlan.
City started the game the better side and they twice went close to taking an early lead but on both occasions, Cummins failed to beat the keeper from a decent position.
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Keith Long also made two changes to his starting eleven which conceded that late Kieran Sadlier penalty in the last meeting between these sides with Rob Cornwall and Danny Grant coming in for the suspended duo of Dan Casey and Daniel Kelly.
And they threatened after eleven minutes but City goalkeeper did well to gather at the feet of the onrushing Danny Grant, who was looking to take the ball around him.
Bohs were starting to grow into the game but on the half an hour mark they fell behind thanks to an excellent header from Graham Cummins.
Shane Griffin’s hopeful free-kick into the area found its way to Cummins and the City striker made no mistake, expertly planting his diving header across the keeper and into the bottom right corner of the net.
The majority of the 4,119 were in raptures and just six minutes later they had a second goal to celebrate.
Cummins nodded a long ball in behind the visiting the defence allowing Karl Sheppard to race onto it, coolly take it past the advancing Shane Supple before slotting home past the recovering defence on the line.
Karl Sheppard latches onto Cummins's flick on to make it 2-0 to Cork City in the first half of the FAI Cup semi-final replay pic.twitter.com/BTRkDY0IFC— Soccer Republic (@SoccRepublic) October 8, 2018
The Gypsies were looking to reach their first FAI Cup final since they defeated Derry City on penalties in the 2008 final and they snatched a lifeline on the hour mark in stunning circumstances.
Defender Ian Morris strolled forward and from forty plus yards unleashed an incredible strike that flew past McNulty and found the bottom left corner via the underside of the bar.
Goal of the season contender from Ian Morris who drags Bohemians back into game with extraordinary strike from 40+ yards pic.twitter.com/0SQtqIUuqp— Soccer Republic (@SoccRepublic) October 8, 2018
Morris’ thunderbolt appeared to strike McNulty’s water bottle and ricocheted out of the net but following a brief discussion with his officials, referee Neil Doyle rightly allowed the goal of the season contender.
Bohs rallied following that screamer and Keith Ward went close moments later but his curler from the edge of the area drifted wide of the far post.
That would be as close as Bohemians would come to an equaliser as Ward and Devaney fired long-range efforts over late on as City hung on and sealed their trip to the Aviva Stadium on the fourth of November.
Cork City: Mark McNulty; Conor McCarthy, Alan Bennett, Sean McLoughlin, Shane Griffin; Jimmy Keohane, Gearoid Morrissey (Conor Morrissey 66); Karl Sheppard (Aaron Barry 89), Garry Buckley, Kieran Sadlier (Barry McNamee 77); Graham Cummins.
Bohemians: Shane Supple; Derek Pender, Rob Cornwall, Ian Morris, Darragh Leahy; Keith Buckley (Dan Byrne 92), J Lunney; Danny Grant (Ali Reghba 77), Keith Ward (Eoghan Stokes 86), Kevin Devaney; Dinny Corcoran.
Referee: Neil Doyle (Dublin).