Dennehy keeps cool from spot to deny Sligo in late drama
Cork City 1 Sligo Rovers 1
It was honours even after late drama at Turner's Cross last night.
The game looked to be heading for a scoreless draw when Joseph Ndo's 88th-minute corner caused confusion in the home area and went in off a defender for a Sligo goal.
In the final minute of injury-time, however, Cork's Mark O'Sullivan went down under a Kalen Spillane challenge in the area and Billy Dennehy converted the penalty.
Before that, both sides certainly had chances to win, especially in the first half, which had seven minutes of injury-time due a stoppage after Cork's Garry Buckley shipped a heavy challenge from Sligo goalkeeper Gary Rogers.
Aaron Greene and Danny Ledwith were bright for the visitors. Ledwith drew a good save from Mark McNulty with a volley from a Greene cross and then Greene twice went close.
At the other end, O'Sullivan wasted a good chance for the home side, while shortly before half-time only good Alan Keane defending stopped Liam Kearney getting to Brian Lenihan's cross.
The second half was relatively even. Greene had the best chance 10 minutes in when he was put through only to scuff his shot.
With just under 20 minutes left, a Brian Lenihan corner went right across goal when any touch would have done and a minute later Ndo did brilliantly to keep out an O'Sullivan header.
Cork had more chances, with sub Rob Lehane drawing a brilliant save from Rogers before Sligo sub Danny North was denied by McNulty.
Cork City – McNulty; Lenihan, Murray, Dunleavy, Davoren (Kavanagh h-t); B Dennehy, Murphy, Buckley (O'Leary 10 (Lehane 60)), G Morrissey, Kearney; O'Sullivan.
Sligo Rovers – Rogers; Keane, McMillan, Henderson, Gaynor; Djilali (Spillane 90), Cawley, Ndo, O'Conor (Maguire 83), Ledwith (North 64); Greene.
Referee – P McLaughlin (Monaghan).