By Ray Scott
Waterford FC's interest in this year's Munster Senior Cup ended in Ozier Park last night as ten man Cork City progressed to their fifth final in a row following a 2 - 1 win.
The Blues enjoyed a bright start and their cause was helped on ten minutes when Cork goalkeeper Aaron Mannix was red carded for handling the ball outside the box to deny Wassim Aouachria a clear goalscoring chance.
Waterford kept pressing with Thomas Oluwa going closest with a glancing header from a Harvey Warren cross.
However, the visitors grabbed an unlikely lead when John O Donovan found Tunde Owolabi on the left and the striker fired across Tom Donaghy from the top of the penalty area on 31 minutes.
Waterford levelled the game on 43 minutes from the penalty spot after Conor Parsons was pushed by Olowabi though Aouachria needed two attempts after his first was saved by substitute keeper Daniel Moynihan only for Sean Grant to order that the kick be retaken because Moynihan had moved off his goal line.
The horrendous weather conditions made football difficult and as the game seemed destined for extra time, Cork popped up with a break away winner with a minute to go. Barry Coffey broke out of defence, running 40 yards before slipping the ball to Cian Bargary who fired past Donaghy to send Cork through to the final where they will meet reigning champions Cobh Ramblers in a repeat of last year's decider.
Waterford: Tom Donaghy, Thomas Oluwa, Conor Parsons (Calum Flynn 64'), Tunmise Sobowale (Chris Conn Clarke 54') Harvey Warren, Romeo Akachukwu, Killian Cantwell (C) , Dean McMenamy, Wassim Aouachria, Ronan Mansfield, Dean Larkin.
Cork City: Aaron Mannix, Gordon Walker (Joshua Honohan 72'), Cian Coleman, Babatunde Owolabi (Cian Bargary 72'), Barry Coffey, Albin Winbo, Daniel Krezic (Daniel Moynihan 10') Ethon Varian, John o Donovan (Sam Bailey 81'), Jonas Hakkinen, Joe O Brien Whitmarch (Cian Murphy 72')
Referee: Sean Grant (Wexford)
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