Munster Senior Cup
Cork City -4
Wilton United-2 (AET)
League of Ireland top flight runaway leaders Cork City needed extra time to see of Munster Senior League Division One side Wilton United in Turners Cross.
The amateur side twice came from behind to give a side that finished with Preston bound Sean Maguire on the pitch a real scare.
City’s fitness told in the end and they managed to hit twice early in extra time to prevent one of the biggest shocks of recent times to win the Munster Senior Cup for the first time in ten years.
They made hard work of it against a side that finished eighth in Division One and were priced at 22/1 at the start of the game.
The final result will look harsh on a Wilton side who gave everything during the game, while extra time will be beneficial for City as they have plenty of cobwebs after their short break on the evidence of tonight’s display.
Cork City thought they had taken the lead in the opening 10 minutes when Shane Griffin found the back of the net but his effort was ruled out for offside.
Cork continued to press but Wilton, 22-1 outsiders at the start of the game were proving well organised and stubborn as they repelled the early advances.
The pros eventually took the lead just shy of 20 minutes when Kevin O’Connor produced a piece of dead ball magic to beat Brian Cronin with a free kick.
Defender Darren Murphy found the bar rather than the back of the net on 43 minutes as Cork treatened to double their advantage, but rather than go in with a two goal cushion at half time they went in level as Wilton managed to restore parity.
A neatly worked short corner afforded Steven Daly the chance to fire on goal and his low drive hit the back of the net.
Wilton came close to taking the lead soon after the restart, but they had an effort cleared of the line and within seconds they were trailing again.
Conor Ellis raced clear but had his effort saved by Cronin, however Buckley picked up the lose ball 18 yards out and fired home emphatically.
Wilton didn’t wilt and the outsiders managed to level for a second time, on this occasion Colm O’Regan found the back of the net after collecting a Philip Ryan cross at the back post.
City piled on the pressure, but couldn’t find a winner in normal time and extra time followed.
It took just seconds for of extra time for the LOI outfit to get their noses back in front thanks to Achille Campion’s clever chip finish.
Cronin then prevented on fire Sean Maguire from adding to his tally with a brilliant save, but Alec Byrne finally made sure for Cork before the first 15 minutes of extra time had past with a close range finish.