Mark O’Sullivan paves way for Cork to sink toothless Bohs
Cork city 4 Bohemians 0
Cork City stretched their unbeaten league run to 11 games as they eased past Bohemians at Turner’s Cross.
wo first-half goals from Mark O’Sullivan paved the way for a dominant City side and they never looked like being denied the points.
In truth, the outcome was never really in doubt as O’Sullivan’s opener arrived in the third minute as he got on the end of a good Steven Beattie cross. Buoyed by that, they controlled proceedings for much of the half, benefiting from good interplay from the midfield trio of Liam Miller, Garry Buckley and John Dunleavy.
O’Sullivan nearly made it two with a header from a Karl Sheppard cross which rebounded off the post and then Sheppard himself went close, Dean Delany denying him.
Apart from a Jake Kelly effort from distance which whistled over the bar, Bohs weren’t offering much in an attacking sense and City were more than good value for the second goal, which came in the 27th minute.
From a free-kick 25 yards out, Miller rolled the ball to O’Sullivan and his low drive evaded Delany’s dive and settled in the bottom corner. Ismahil Akinade did have a half-chance for Bohs after that, shooting across the face of goal.
The tempo dropped considerably in the second half, but the majority of the 3,204 crowd were happy as City remained on top.
Kelly did come close to a Bohs goal with a free-kick which came back off the bar but the third goal arrived soon after that. After Beattie was fouled by Dave Mulcahy, Colin Healy – playing at right-back – fired past Delany.
There was no let-up to City’s attacking and with two minutes of normal time left, one sub, Ross Gaynor, set up another, Danny Morrissey, to make it four with a smart volley.
CORK CITY – McNulty; Healy, Bennett (Folan 79), Murray, O’Connor; Dunleavy, Miller (Morrissey 79); Beattie, Buckley, Sheppard (Gaynor 58); O’Sullivan.
BOHEMIANS – Delany; Lopes, Prendergast, Mulcahy, Best; Kelly (Byrne 81), Creevy, Wearen (Moore h-t), Evans (O’Brien 76); Akinade, Buckley.
Ref – P Sutton (Clare)