Tuesday 25 July 2017

Buckley keeps up Cork charge

Limerick FC 0 Cork City 3

Cork City players including Steven Beattie, Alec Byrne, Stephen Dooley, and Shane Griffin celebrate their side's second goal at The Markets Field in Limerick. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Cork City players including Steven Beattie, Alec Byrne, Stephen Dooley, and Shane Griffin celebrate their side's second goal at The Markets Field in Limerick. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

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Cork City continued their perfect league form in this EA Sports Cup second-round clash at Markets Field, proving far too strong for last year's runners-up.

After a quiet opening 15 minutes, Limerick goalkeeper Brendan Clarke pulled off two point-blank saves.

However, he could do nothing about Garry Buckley's close-range header in the 22nd minute, from a neat Steven Beattie cross.

Cork bossed the first half and should have been two to the good on 55 minutes, but Connor Ellis fired wide from 10 yards, his last action before being replaced by leading scorer Sean Maguire.

John Caulfield's men doubled their lead just after the hour, Stephen Dooley's corner headed into his own net by the unlucky Shane Tracy.

Shane Griffin added the third on 68 minutes, neatly finishing beyond Clarke to end the game as contest.

Limerick's Bastien Hery clashes with Cork City's Steven Beattie. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Limerick's Bastien Hery clashes with Cork City's Steven Beattie. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

The margin would have been even greater only for Clarke saving impressively from Dooley and Alec Byrne in the closing minutes.

Limerick FC - B Clarke; Kainz, Cotter (Whitehead 82), O'Connor, Tracy; Kenny (McSweeney 69), Hery; Turner, Coughlan (O'Flynn 46), Walsh; D Clarke.

Cork City - McNulty; McCarthy, Dunleavy, Delaney, Griffin; Bolger, Buckley (Kavanagh 72); Beattie, Campion (Byrne 56), Dooley; Ellis (Maguire 56).

Ref - J McKell (Tipperary)

Interim manager Willie Boland looks on during Limerick's defeat in the EA Sports Cup second round. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Interim manager Willie Boland looks on during Limerick's defeat in the EA Sports Cup second round. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Steven Beattie holds off a challenge from Limerick FC's Tommy Walsh. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Steven Beattie holds off a challenge from Limerick FC's Tommy Walsh. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

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