Cork make short work of Athlone

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Cork City 7 Athlone Town 0

Hold­ers Cork City’s pro­gres­sion to the FAI Cup quar­ter-fi­nals was serene as they proved far too strong for Athlone Town at Turner’s Cross last night.

Set on their way by Kieran Sadlier’s open­ing goal just in­side the second minute, Cork were al­ways in con­trol and a 4-0 half-time lead did not flat­ter them in the least be­fore the lead was ex­tended in the second pe­riod.

Field­ing nine of the starters from Mon­day’s league win over Finn Harps, City were into the groove im­me­di­ately, with man of the match Sadlier head­ing home Karl Shep­pard’s cross and Shep­pard got the second in the tenth minute fol­low­ing Rob­bie Wil­liams’ through ball. Good run On the half-hour, Con­nor El­lis made it three fol­low­ing Shane Grif­fin’s good run and pass and another goal ar­rived in in­jury time, Garry Buck­ley the ben­e­fi­ciary of a Shep­pard cross on this oc­ca­sion.

The chances con­tin­ued to come in the second half. Athlone goal­keeper Igor Labuts did well to deny half-time sub Achille Cam­pion but, after Labuts tipped over a Sadlier ef­fort, Cam­pion net­ted from Grif­fin’s cor­ner.

It was 6-0 with 14 min­utes re­main­ing, El­lis with his second after Labuts had again saved from Cam­pion, and the French striker rounded off the rout of the out­classed vis­i­tors at the death.

CORK CITY:McNul ty; Beat tie, Wil­liams (Phillips 67), De­laney( Mc­Carthy half-time ), Grif­fin; M cC or mack, Buck­ley( Camp ion half-time ), Shep­pard, Keohane, Sad lier; El­lis. ATHLON ET OWN: La buts; McCar­tan, Fol an, S Walsh, McGrane; Sfri­jan, Sp el man (Silva half-time ); Layng, Gaf­fey(Camody 56), Nko lo lo; Cur ran( P Walsh 74). Ref­eree: RH en nessy( Dublin ).

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