Beattie delights in perfect start
Longfordtown 1 Cork City 4
Steven Beattie made a perfect start to life at his new club when contributing to Cork City's biggest away win of the season on his league debut at the City Calling Stadium on Saturday night.
Second-placed Cork moved to within six points of league leaders Dundalk, whom they are due to meet at Oriel Park next Sunday. That game will be postponed, however, should Dundalk get through their Champions League tie with BATE Borisov on Wednesday night.
"I couldn't have scripted it better," said winger Beattie, who was signed from Sligo Rovers a fortnight ago.
"Three points and my first goal for City. It's always nice to get the first one in the game. It settles the nerves a bit.
"I said earlier in the week it was pressure I wanted to play with. I think I delivered and I said that to John (manager, Caulfield) after the game, I owed him that one."
Cork twice punished Longford from set-pieces to run up a quick-fire 2-0 lead midway through the first half.
Beattie met Kevin O'Connor's corner to open the scoring with a downward header on 19 minutes.
Four minutes later, Longford defender Willie Tyrell deflected Karl Sheppard's header into his own net following another O'Connor corner.
Mark O'Sullivan scored Cork's third goal on 68 minutes, racing onto Garry Buckley's sublime through ball to fire past Paul Skinner. Sheppard added the fourth three minutes from time following Liam Miller's defence-splitting pass.
Longford's consolation came from Dean Kelly's spectacular 25-yard strike three minutes into added time.
Longford Town - Skinner; Mulhall, Gorman, Tyrell, Powell; Ben Mohamed (Simon, 81), Salmon, O'Connor, Doherty (Shannon, 56); Kelly, Shaw (O'Sullivan, 81).
Cork City - McNulty; Dunleavy, Bennett, Murray, O'Connor; Miller, Buckley; Beattie (Kearney, 85), Holohan, Sheppard (Ellis, 88); O'Sullivan (Morrissey, 80).
Ref - D Tomney (Dublin)
Longford Town 1
Cork City 4