TWO superbly-executed long-range efforts either side of half-time from James Chambers and Ronan Finn at Turner's Cross gave Shamrock Rovers the points in the Airtricity League Premier Division win over Cork City yesterday.
Rovers, who are now unbeaten in five league games after a slow start to the season, are finding their feet and ensured City goalkeeper Kevin Burns was the busiest man on the pitch. But it wasn't until the 41st minute that Rovers, who lorded possession, finally broke the deadlock.
The goal was worth waiting for as Chambers' half-volley from just under 25 yards was stitched into the bottom right corner of the net.
Prior to yesterday, Rovers had failed to score more than once away from home all season.
But with Cork devoid of any serious attacking threat, Trevor Croly's side were always dominant.
Finn doubled the visitors' lead just 50 seconds after half-time with another stunning effort, which cannoned off an upright and in following a neat lay-off from Chambers. Despite having to go all-out in attack after that, Cork rarely looked like posing a threat to the visitors.
They were, however, given a late lifeline when Hoops goalkeeper Richard Brush came off his line but failed to clear the danger, allowing midfielder Shane Duggan the chance to lob the ball into the empty net.
An equaliser never looked likely to materialise, however, and Cork manager Tommy Dunne has some serious work to do if he is to turn this team into challengers for silverware this season.