Cork City moved on in the Enda McGuill Cup last night as they beat Wexford FC by five goals to nil, with midfielder Jordan O’Regan scoring a whopping four goals.
Pierce Phillips had the Leesiders in front on nine minutes in a competitive first half, which ended 1-0 in favour of Cork.
O’Regan blasted his first goal, a volley, just after half-time, and got his second from close range seven minutes later.
A penalty nine minutes from time secured O’Regan’s hat-trick, before saving the best till last when he hit a wonderful strike from all of 25 yards out to make it 5-0.
Cork hero Jordan O’Regan spoke to us after the game, “Yeah I’m very pleased with my performance tonight as it’s my first start this season and I took it well.”
“The whole game went very good, everyone on the pitch did their job and together, as a team, we were unbelievable.”
On his goals O’Regan said, “My first goal came from a build up of play from the middle, played out to the right and crossed into the back post and I just volleyed it home. My second was just as much the same, as we cut in from the right and a ball slipped into my path and I just passed it into the net. The third goal was a penalty, and the fourth goal was carried out from the back by Garan Manley and I just showed for it, turned and smacked it in top corner.”
Wexford manager Thomas O’Connor was very disappointed, “In summary we just never showed up to the game. We were second to everything and at times we were made look like spectators in the game, just watching an excellent Cork side dominating the possession.”
“At half time we re-grouped, made a couple of changes to try get us into the game and take in some possession of the football.”
“But less than 20 seconds after half time Cork got their second and from there it was much of the same as the first half. Cork were by far the better team and look a serious outfit at this level.”
“On the plus side for us we had 4 U-17’s playing for us tonight and 4 new signings in the last couple of weeks who all saw game time, and after a game like that there is more learning to be taken than anything else, so it will stand to them as experience and to the levels we need to reach to be competitive with a team like Cork.”