Cork City suffer defeat in first leg of Champions League qualifier

Cork City suffer defeat in first leg of Champions League qualifier
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Cork City 0 - 1 Legia Warsaw

By Denis Hurley

Cork City will need to score in Poland next week after they fell to a 79th-minute goal from Legia Warsaw’s Michael Kucharczyk at Turner’s Cross on Tuesday evening.

Having performed well, City were caught napping as Krzysztof Maczynski rolled a free kick to left wing back Kucharzczyk, who curled a beautiful 30-yard effort to the top corner of Peter Cherrie’s net.

While it was hard to argue that Legia had been the better team overall, City had had chances to open the scoring. In the first half, Barry McNamee squandered an opportunity after he had intercepted a loose defensive pass while Jimmy Keohane was unlucky not to get on the end of a Gearóid Morrissey cross, though against that, Sebastian Szymanski twice went close for Legia.

From a corner early in the second half, Damien Delaney and Conor McCarthy had half-chances for City and then, Graham Cummins, on for the injured Gearóid Morrissey, was put in by Barry McNamee but he couldn’t get enough on his shot and Arkadiusz Malarz saved.

Picture: Sportsfile
Picture: Sportsfile

Thereafter, Legia began to apply more pressure, though good City defending was limiting them to long-range efforts. Unfortunately for John Caulfield’s side, Kucharczyk’s proved to be crucial.

CORK CITY: Cherrie; McCarthy (Beattie 60), Delaney, McLoughlin, Griffin; McCormack, Morrissey (Cummins 52); Keohane, Buckley, McNamee (Sadlier 82); Sheppard.

LEGIA WARSAW: Malarz; Remy, Astiz, Wieteska; Vesovic, Maczynski, Cafu, Szymanski (Nagy 76), Kucharczyk; Kante (Hlousek 76), Hamalainen (Kulenovic 82).

Referee: RM Petrescu (Romania).

Attendance: 5,795.

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