Cork make short work of Athlone
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 ).