CORK CITY - DUNDALK - FAI CUP FINAL

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Date: Sun 04th Nov

Time:03:00pm

GO ON THE REBELS!!

Graham Cummins says reaching the FAI Cup final is why he came back to Cork City after 2-1 win over Bohemians

The Leesiders advanced to the Aviva Stadium showpiece to face Dundalk for the fourth year in a row after edging out the Gypsies in the semi-final replay

GRAHAM CUMMINS helped Cork City into another FAI Cup final and beamed: “That’s why I came home.”

Cummins, 30, scored the first and set up the second for Karl Sheppard before an Ian Morris stunner made the holders sweat.

Graham Cummins scored as Cork City returned to the FAI Cup final

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Graham Cummins scored as Cork City returned to the FAI Cup final

The striker helped Cork win the First Division title in 2012 and had a six-year stint cross-channel before rejoining.

But now he is looking forward to the November 4 decider which will see them take on Dundalk for the fourth successive year.

Cummins said: “It’s unreal, that’s what I came back for, to get to finals.

“I was talking to Alan Bennett and he said, ‘It’s the best day you’ll have out’ — and that’s why I came back here.

Cummins heads home to break the deadlock

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Cummins heads home to break the deadlock

“It was a hard game, in the second half Bohs really came at us. In the first half I thought we were excellent.

“And fair play to the boys, they dug in at the end and that’s all that matters. Now there’s a final in four weeks.”

Ex-Preston, Exeter and St Johnstone man Cummins and team-mate Kieran Sadlier both reckoned Morris’ second-half strike was among the best goals they had seen.

Neither a Mark McNulty touch nor the bar could deny the Bohs ace and Sadlier admitted it may even have been better than his effort from his own box against St Pat’s earlier this year.

He said: “They scored a worldie in the top corner, a great goal.

“We were a bit under the cosh and we were just panicky, kicking balls when there was no need.

“It was good to grind it out and sometimes it has to be ground out to reach a final and it’s anyone’s then on the day.”

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