Cork City’s Ross Gaynor was the instigator of the Leesiders’ win over Derry City on Monday night with a sensational hit from just outside the box, which sent City through to the semi-finals.
Although Cork City were on top for large periods in the first half, it was ironically just after a short spell of dominance from the Candystripes when Gaynor popped up with a picture-perfect strike to send the rain-soaked crowd at Turner’s Cross into delirium.
Gaynor had been one of the key contributors to City’s solid defence all night but always looked a danger when bursting forward too and it was this thirst to help out in attack which played no small part in this Goal of the Season contender.
Fellow team-mate, and deserved Man of the Match Liam Miller, started the attack which led to Gaynor’s superb goal by exquisitely pivoting in between two Derry City defenders.
Although the ex-Ireland international’s pass to Garry Buckley looked to have set up a shooting opportunity, in hindsight Rebel Army supporters will be happy to have seen the local lad dispossessed in order to witness one of the most perfectly hit volleys you’ll see anywhere.
Buckley did eventually get on the scoresheet, before substitute John O’Flynn came on to wrap up proceedings with a delicate chip over Gerard Doherty.
Cork City advance to the semis now, with a tricky trip to Bray Wanderers standing in the way of the Leesiders’ march towards a day in the Aviva.
What a hit! Ross Gaynor’s strike to open the scoring in tonight’s win over Derry #CCFC84
Posted by Cork City FC on Monday, 14 September 2015
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena