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Cork City give Longford six of the best

Cork City 6 0 Longford Town

Published 14/03/2016 | 21:36

14 March 2016; Steven Beattie, Cork City, celebrates after scoring his side's fifth goal. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Cork City v Longford Town, Turners Cross, Cork. Picture credit: Eóin Noonan / SPORTSFILE
14 March 2016; Steven Beattie, Cork City, celebrates after scoring his side's fifth goal. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Cork City v Longford Town, Turners Cross, Cork. Picture credit: Eóin Noonan / SPORTSFILE

Steven Beattie fired a hat-trick as Cork City recorded their biggest league win in John Caulfield's tenure at Turner's Cross last night.

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Having lost to Derry City at the weekend, the hosts made no fewer than five changes and produced a good response. In front of 2,302, Beattie opened the scoring inside three minutes, half-volleying home after Paul Skinner punched Colin Healy's corner to him, and it was 2-0 on 10 when Kevin O'Connor squared for Sean Maguire.

It was almost all one-way traffic in the first half and Danny Morrissey made it 3-0 just before half-time after Beattie had hit the post.

Beattie did get his second five minutes into the second half when Morrissey chested Karl Sheppard's cross to him.

Sheppard also had a role to play in the fifth as his shot came crashing back off the crossbar and smartly tucked away by Beattie for his hat-trick.

By that stage, the only question was as to how much they would win by and Morrissey wrapped things up with an acrobatic finish.

CORK CITY -: McNulty; Dunleavy, O’Connell (McSweeney 62), Browne, O’Connor; Healy, G Morrissey (O’Sullivan 62); D Morrissey, Beattie, Sheppard; Maguire (Ogene 76).

LONGFORD TOWN - Skinner; Hughes, Flynn (Beirne 83), Rossiter, O’Reilly; O’Sullivan, Mulhall, Dillon (McKeown 61), Gannon, Simon (Chambers 73); O’Hanlon.

Ref - S Grant (Wexford).

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