Cork City condemn Wexford to promotion/relegation playoff with five-goal drubbing
Cork City 5 Wexford Youths 0
It was all very easy for Cork City as they finished their home league programme with a comfortable win over Wexford Youths at Turner’s Cross.
The win for John Caulfield’s side means that they finish with 44 points from an available 51 at home, but poor results on the road were what ultimately prevented them from stopping Dundalk’s three in a row.
With seven changes to the side which beat St Patrick’s Athletic last Friday, this was a chance for fringe players to shine and exciting young winger Chiedozie Ogbene did just that, scoring twice in the first ten minutes. He opened the scoring on seven from Sean Maguire’s pass and then was in space to finish after Stephen Doley and Gavan Holohan provided the build-up play.
Wexford, who needed a win to keep alive their hopes of ending up in the promotion/relegation play-off with Drogheda United or Cobh Ramblers, made six changes of their own and found life difficult as the green wave came at them all through the first half.
Maguire, who had seen a volley saved by Graham Doyle shortly before, made it 3-0 on 33 after a good run and then young centre-back Conor McCarthy got his first goal, heading home from Dooley’s cross after a corner wasn’t cleared.
Wexford were reduced to efforts from distance, with both Conor Whittle and Lee Chin well wide. Just before half-time, Mark O’Sullivan was unluky not to get a fifth for City, Doyle tipping over, but they did push further ahead 11 minutes into the second half. This time Ogbene was the provided, forcing a turnover deep in Youths territory and squaring for Gavan Holohan.
Ogbene did have a chance of a hat-trick with a late penalty after he was fouled himself, but Doyle saved.
CORK CITY: McNulty; McSweeney, McCarthy (D Morrissey 69), Mulcahy, Kavanagh; Healy, Holohan; Dooley (Turner half-time), Maguire (Coleman half-time), Ogbene; O’Sullivan.
WEXFORD YOUTHS: Doyle; Friel, McCormack (Delaney 75), Chin, Whittle; Dempsey, Bonner; Quinlan (McCabe 71), Dunne, Porter (Keenan 68); Furlong.
Referee: J McKell (Tipperary).