Monday 16 December 2019

Buckley brace downs Waterford

Cork City 2 Waterford United 0

Ian Turner, Cork City
Ian Turner, Cork City

A pair of early goals from Garry Buckley helped Cork City to a straightforward win at Turner's Cross.

Despite making six changes from the side which started City's first league defeat of the season in Dundalk last Friday, the hosts were always in control against beleaguered Waterford, who released a statement on Sunday announcing plans for severe cost-cutting.

Playing in the middle of the three behind centre-forward Anthony Elding, Buckley was in the right place to meet a cross from the right by Ian Turner in the 17th minute to put Cork ahead.

Less than two minutes later, he did the same from Kevin Mulcahy's centre from the left, showing a great touch before guiding the ball past Matthew Connor.

Although Buckley had a header from another Turner cross saved and Dan Murray also had an effort blocked, the rest of the first half had little drama.

The second period didn't show much of an increase in intensity, though Buckley and sub Rob Lehane had chances. At the other end, Steven Kenny tested Mark McNulty, but a fightback was never a real prospect.

CORK CITY – McNulty; Kavanagh (Horgan h-t), Dunleavy, Murray, Mulcahy; Turner, Healy, Buckley (O'Connell 72), O'Leary, Davoren; Elding (Lehane 57).

WATERFORD UNITED – Connor; Whitty, Kavanagh, Fitzgerald, Corcoran; Whittle (Doherty 67), Croke, Rocky, Coad (O'Connor h-t), Kenny; Meade (Kiely 72).

Ref – K O'Regan (Kerry)

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