FAI Cup Semi-Final: Bohemians V Cork City – Three Reasons Why City Forced A Replay – The Evening Echo – October 1 2018

Three reasons why City forced a replay

Mark McNulty

Following a spell outside of the starting line-up, Mark McNulty was reinstated as City netminder for the recent home league clash with Dundalk.

McNulty was determined to assert his authority on the game, and in addition to fine stops from Keith Ward and Kevin Devaney, his composure at set-pieces ensured City remained in contention.

Increased tempo in final-quarter

The Leesiders had made a positive start to the action, before Bohs – slowly but surely – gained a stranglehold on the play. This eventually led to Dinny Corcoran’s breakthrough goal on 67 minutes, edging them a step closer to the competition’s showpiece decider. City displayed greater attacking urgency in the closing-quarter, however, and eventually got their just rewards in the shape of Kieran Sadlier’s equaliser.

Kieran Sadlier’s cool head

With five goals in City’s three cup games to date, there was pressure on Sadlier to deliver the goods in this crunch encounter. He was finally given a chance to put his name in lights during the dying moments of the game, when Darragh Leahy was adjudged to have fouled City substitute Conor McCarthy inside the area. Sadlier was left with a considerable wait as referee Rob Rogers dealt with the Bohs protests, but the former Republic of Ireland youth international fired superbly beyond Shane Supple’s reach.

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