Cork City’s Kieran Sadlier is well used to thrilling the Leeside crowds – but his second goal against St. Patrick’s Athletic on Friday night was special even by his own standards.
The defending Premier Division champions were in Inchicore to take on St. Pat’s in a repeat of the opening game of the season, as John Caulfield’s side looked to keep the pressure on Dundalk at the top of the table.
The match had sparked into life with just 13 seconds on the clock as Sadlier was fouled inside the box. The former Sligo Rovers winger took the resulting penalty himself, putting the visitors 1-0 ahead very early on.
St. Pat’s equalised through Conan Byrne on the hour mark, only for City to restore their lead ten minutes later via a brilliant finish from Jimmy Keohane.
The standout moment, however, came in stoppage time. St. Pat’s keeper Tyson Farago made his way into the City box for a corner as Liam Buckley’s side tried desperately to salvage a point from the game.
The ball broke for Sadlier, still in his own box, barely had time to look up before striking a half-volley towards goal. The crowd watched on in anticipation as the ball trickled towards the net, wondering if it had the necessary momentum and accuracy to nestle between the posts.
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Luckily for City and Sadlier, it did just that. A fantastic goal to end the tie as a contest, 3-1 to Cork City on the night and John Caulfield’s side stayed two points behind Dundalk (with a game in hand) as a result.
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Today’s conversation starters.
“I heard @KieranSadlier scored from his own half last night?”
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