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Cork City maintain unbeaten start to season with comfortable victory over Derry City

Published 03/04/2015 | 22:38

John Dunleavy, Cork City, in action against Patrick McEleney, Derry City. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
John Dunleavy, Cork City, in action against Patrick McEleney, Derry City. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Cork City maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a comfortable victory over Derry City at Turner’s Cross. John O’Flynn gave John Caulfield’s men an early lead and Karl Sheppard scored in either half to put the tie beyond Derry’s reach.

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The home side took full advantage of the wind at their back and went ahead after 16 minutes thanks to the persistence of Ross Gaynor down the left-hand side. The full back actually looked to have lost the ball to Shaun Kelly but managed to claw possession back inside the box and sent the ball across the goalmouth to O’Flynn who made no mistake to give his side the lead.

Cork deservedly doubled their lead just before half-time when Karl Sheppard reacted quickest at the back post prod the ball past Doherty. Billy Dennehy’s floated corner was cushioned down by his brother Darren Dennehy and Sheppard was on hand to guide the ball into the net

Sheppard added to his tally on the hour mark and put Cork firmly in control when he volleyed home Garry Buckley’ whipped cross. Derry rallied late on when Patrick McEleney struck the cross-bar but it was too little, too late for the Candystripes.

Cork City XI: McNulty, Kavanagh, Bennett, Dunleavy, D. Dennehy, O’Flynn, Gaynor, Sheppard, B. Dennehy, Miller, Buckley

Derry City XI: Doherty, Kelly, McBride, Barry, S. McEleney, Clucas, McNamee, Lowry, Elding, P. McEleney, Timlin,

Referee: Robert Harvey

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