Tuesday 22 August 2017

Cork make it 12-in-a-row with 5-0 rout of Finn Harps

Cork City 5 Finn Harps 0

5 May 2017; Sean Maguire, centre, of Cork City celebrates with team-mate Connor Ellis of Cork City after scoring their side's fifth goal from a penalty during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game between Cork City and Finn Harps at Turners Cross in Cork. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
5 May 2017; Sean Maguire, centre, of Cork City celebrates with team-mate Connor Ellis of Cork City after scoring their side's fifth goal from a penalty during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game between Cork City and Finn Harps at Turners Cross in Cork. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Cork City earned a 12th straight win in straightforward fashion at Turner’s Cross on Friday night.

Leading 1-0 at half-time, the Rebel Army turned the screw on their visitors in the second half to move 14 points clear at the top of the table.

Stephen Dooley put the hosts ahead midway through the first half with a fine low finish from the edge of the area after a corner was kept alive.

Dooley, with a shot blocked, and then Gearoid Morrissey, denied by Ciaran Gallagher, might have doubled the lead, but Harps did go close as the break approached.

First, Sean Houston had a low shot saved by Mark McNulty, but City reasserted their dominance on the resumption.

Just before the hour mark, Sean Maguire made it 2-0 with his 10th league goal of the season as he lofted the ball over Gallagher after Ryan Delaney’s clearance put him away.

Morrissey added the third with 11 minutes left following another corner and Ryan Delaney headed home the fourth late on.

Maguire rounded things off with his second from the penalty spot after he had been fouled.

CORK CITY – McNulty; Beattie, Dunleavy, Delaney, O’Connor; Morrissey, McCormack (Bolger 71); Sheppard, Keohane (Ellis 64), Dooley; Maguire.

FINN HARPS – Gallagher; McNulty, Cantwell, Coll, Harkin; McAleer, Boyle, Houston, McCourt (Doherty 89), Funston; O’Connor (McGlynn 81).

Ref – N Doyle (Dublin).

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