Friday 9 December 2016

Ogbene on the double in Cork rampage

Cork City 5-0 Wexford Youths

Denis Hurley

Published 25/10/2016 | 02:30

Gavin Holohan puts away the fifth goal for Cork City Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Gavin Holohan puts away the fifth goal for Cork City Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

It was all very easy for Cork City as they finished their home league programme with a comfortable win.

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John Caulfield's side finish with 44 points from an available 51 at Turner's Cross, but poor results on the road were what prevented them from stopping Dundalk's three in a row.

Cork City's Colin Healy in action Vincent Quinlin of Wexford Youths Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Cork City's Colin Healy in action Vincent Quinlin of Wexford Youths Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

With seven changes to the side that 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 a minute later was in space to finish after Stephen Dooley and Gavan Holohan combined to set him up.

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 minutes after a good run, and then young centre-back Conor McCarthy got his first goal, heading home Dooley's cross after a corner wasn't cleared.

Cork City manager John Caulfield acknowledges supporters after the match Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Cork City manager John Caulfield acknowledges supporters after the match Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Wexford were reduced to efforts from distance.

Just before half-time, Mark O'Sullivan was unlucky 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 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 h-t), Maguire (Coleman h-t), Ogbene; O'Sullivan.

WEXFORD YOUTHS - Doyle; Friel, McCormack (Delaney 75), Chin, Whittle; Dempsey, Bonner; Quinlan (McCabe 71), Dunne, Porter (Keenan 68); Furlong.

Ref - J McKell (Tipperary).

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