Cummins doubles up as City jump to second

GRAHAM CUMMINS came back to haunt his old club last night as Cork City kept their bid for promotion to the Airtricity Premier Division on track with a 3-1 success over Waterford United in the Munster derby meeting at the RSC last night.

Two goals from former Waterford player Cummins and an opening strike from Gearóid Morrissey gave the Leeside outfit the perfect preparation ahead of their EA Sports League cup final clash against Derry City at Turner’s Cross next Saturday evening.

It was the Blues who started well last night, however, and a wonder strike from striker Gary Keane nearly yielded the breakthrough in the fifth minute. Keane took a pass from Gary Dunphy and with Mark McNulty off his line, his stunning right-footed effort came crashing back off the underside of the crossbar.

The Blues continued to force the issue going forward and when Paul Walsh linked up with Paul Phelan on 20 minutes, the winger put the ball into the penalty area but Gary Keane miscued in front of goal when he should have hit the target.

City keeper Mark McNulty nearly gifted the home side the opening goal five minutes before the break when his lacklustre clearance landed at the feet of Gary Keane 35 yards from goal but his goalbound effort was easily cleared by defender Kalen Spillane.

In a rare Cork City attack on 43 minutes, the lead goal arrived when Davin O’Neill set up Morrissey on the penalty spot and although Kevin Burns saved the first attempt, the midfielder picked his spot with a super right-footed finish.

The second half was less than three minutes old when the visitors doubled their lead in fantastic style as Morrissey played in Cummins and after a brilliant first touch, his stunning right-footed finish flew into the top right-hand corner, giving Burns no chance.

Cummins grabbed his second goal on 76 minutes when he rose unchallenged at the back post to get on the end of a right-wing Gearóid Morrissey cross before heading past a helpless Kevin Burns.

Waterford pulled a goal back three minutes later when Gary Keane picked out Dwayne Wilson with a fine pass out on the right channel and his cross found Willie John Kiely, who beat Mark McNulty with a decent finish from 14 yards before the same player struck the crossbar three minutes later.

City held on and are in good spirits going into Saturday’s final.

WATERFORD UNITED: Burns; Carey, Breen, Browne, Coady; Walsh, Dunphy (Maguire [58), Long (Nolan [80), Phelan (Wilson [69); Kiely, Keane

CORK CITY: McNulty; O’Halloran, Kavanagh, Spillane, Murphy; D. Horgan, G. Morrissey, Duggan, O’Brien (Sullivan [72); Cummins, O’Neill.

Referee: Neil Doyle (Dublin).

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