Thursday 23 November 2017

Horgan's vintage strike inspires Cork

Cork City 1, Drogheda United 0

An excellent individual goal from Daryl Horgan gave Cork City a first home league win since April 5 as they overcame Drogheda United at Turner's Cross.

The result, which lifts City above their visitors, will ease some of the pressure on boss Tommy Dunne, but Drogheda could have won had they not wasted earlier chances.

Horgan's goal was worthy of winning any match, however. Picking up the ball 30 yards from goal in the 69th minute, the winger shuffled through the defence, selling two dummies before lofting a beautiful shot above goalkeeper Gabriel Sava.

While Michael Daly almost headed an equaliser straightaway, his effort going over via the crossbar, Cork held out for the win.

Drogheda began strongly and Cathal Brady should have put them ahead in the 10th minute but was unable to get a clean connection on Gary O'Neill's cross. O'Neill then went close himself and Gavin Brennan was denied by Mark McNulty.

Brennan headed wide early in the second half but slowly Cork began to get a foothold, with Danny Furlong replicating Brady's earlier effort while Shane Duggan had an effort wide.

A moment of magic was needed, and Horgan was the one who provided it to give the home fans some cheer.

CORK CITY – McNulty; N Horgan, D Murray, Dennehy, Murphy; D Horgan, Dunleavy, Duggan, G Morrissey; D Morrissey (Kavanagh 59), Furlong (Buckley 82).

DROGHEDA UNITED – Sava; Grimes, Daly, Byrne, Hand; Brady (R Brennan 62), O'Connor, Cassidy, G Brennan; G O'Neill, O'Brien (Hynes 62).

REF – J McKell (Tipperary).

Irish Independent

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