FR
Date: 3 p.m. July 9, 2016
Venue: Turners Cross
Att: 450 (est)

Scored: 16'
- Stephen Humphrys 16'

Scored: 25'
- Stephen Humphrys 25'

Scored: 51'
- Matt Smith 51'


Friendly Report: Cork City 0 - 3 Fulham

Sun, Jul 10 2016

Credit: Eoin Smith

A Cork City XI slumped to a disappointing defeat to English Championship side Fulham in their friendly at Turners Cross on Saturday afternoon.

 

A first half brace from striker Stephen Humphrys followed in the second period by a Matt Smith header, was enough to see off the challenge of a young Cork City side and ensure Fulham continued their pre-season tour of Ireland with another win.

 

Given the Leesiders’ hectic schedule with important fixtures on the horizon both in domestic competition and in the Europa League, John Caulfield took the opportunity to field a side predominantly made up of youngsters from the clubs youth academy.

 

And although the hosts started brightly, they suffered an early set back as Fulham took the lead after 14 minutes through Stephen Humphrys.

 

A surging run down the left flank from Togo international Floyd Ayite allowed the winger to roll a ball across the six yard box and Humphrys made no mistake, tapping in from close range.

 

From that moment on it was all Fulham as they dominated possession largely thanks to the experienced Scott Parker, who was pulling the strings in the heart of the midfield.

 

They deservedly added a second midway through the first half after a mix up between the City defence and their goalkeeper Matthew Connor, who signed for the club permantly straight after the game, allowed Humphrys to pick up his second goal, again tapping home from a few yards out.

 

Fulham made wholesale changes at half time, 11 in total, but they still continued to threaten the struggling Cork rear-guard and they duly added a third almost immediately after the restart.

 

A superb cross from the left flank by Sean Kavanagh picked out the tall frame of Matt Smith at the back post, who rose highest to tower his header into the net.

 

The game seemed to peter out after that decisive goal from Smith as both sides failed to find any rhythm especially Cork City, who began to ring the changes to their tiring side.

 

The Cork City academy will undoubtedly be better following this experience but up next for the senior squad, rested following their recent draw against Linfield, is Wexford Youths in the Airtricity league followed by their second round Europa League qualifier in Sweden against Bk Hacken. 

 

Cork City: Matthew Connor (David Coffey 78), Anthony McAlavey (Pierce Philllips 60), Connor Ellis (Owen Wall 78) , Chidozie Ogbene (Patrick Crowley 83), Conor McCarthy, Eli Khadi Harrington, Aaron Drinan (Denzil Fernandes 85), Craig Donnellan (Daire O’Riordan 85), Cian Coleman (Ross Welch 78), Shane Mcinerney (David Iboma 45, Garan Manley 83), Danny Mullarkey (Alec Byrne 83).

Subs not used: Adam Mylod, Kevin Taylor.

 

Fulham:

First Half: Marcus Bettinelli, Ryan Fredericks, Michael Madi, Tim Ream, Ryan Sessegnon, Tom Cairney, Scott Parker, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Floyd Ayite, Ross McCormack, Stephen Humphrys.
Second Half: Marek Rodak, Jack Grimmer, Richard Stearman, Sean Kavanagh, Dennis Adeniran, Tayo Edun, Lucas De La Torre, Cauley Woodrow, Lasse Vigen Christensen, Matt Smith, Jesse Jesse Joronen.

Subs Not Used: Magnus Norman.

 

Referee: Graham Kelly.

Attendance: 450 (estimate).

ExtraTime.ie Man of the Match: Stephen Humphrys (Fulham).

 


Cork City
Matthew Connor
Goalkeeper 78'
78Subbed Off: 78'
Danny Mullarkey
83'
83Subbed Off: 83'
Defender
Shane McInerney
Defender
Conor McCarthy
Defender
Chiedozie Ogbene
83'
83Subbed Off: 83'
Midfielder
Anthony McAlavey
60'
60Subbed Off: 60'
Midfielder
Eli Kadi Harrington
Midfielder
Craig Donnellan
85'
85Subbed Off: 85'
Midfielder
Cian Coleman
78'
78Subbed Off: 78'
Midfielder
Connor Ellis
78'
78Subbed Off: 78'
Forward
Aaron Drinan
85'
85Subbed Off: 85'
Forward

Substitutes
Ross Welch
78'
78Subbed On: 78'
Defender
Owen Wall
78'
78Subbed On: 78'
Midfield
Kevin Taylor
Defender
Pierce Phillips
60'
60Subbed On: 60'
Midfield
Daire O'Riordan
85'
85Subbed On: 85'
Midfield
Adam Mylod
Goalkeeper
Garan Manley
83'
83Subbed On: 83'
Defender
David Iboma
83'
83Subbed Off: 83'
Midfield
Denzil Fernandes
85'
85Subbed On: 85'
Midfield
Patrick Crowley
83'
83Subbed On: 83'
Midfield
David Coffey
78'
78Subbed On: 78'
Goalkeeper
Alec Byrne
83'
83Subbed On: 83'
Midfield
Fulham

Substitutes