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Airtricity Round-Up: Five star Cork rout 10-man Limerick; Drogheda edge past Sligo

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Gavan Holohan, Cork City, is congratulated by team-mates after scoring his side's third goal.

Gavan Holohan, Cork City, is congratulated by team-mates after scoring his side's third goal.

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Gavan Holohan, Cork City, is congratulated by team-mates after scoring his side's third goal.

There were two goals each for brothers Billy and Darren Dennehy as Cork City saw off 10-man Limerick.

John Caulfield’s side went ahead when Darren Dennehy turned in an early Colin Healy corner, and they dominated thereafter.

Karl Sheppard was excellent up front and it was he who won the penalty from which Billy Dennehy doubled the lead on 17. Things got worse for Limerick when captain Shane Duggan was sent off on the half-hour.

Gavin Holohan, a first-half sub for the injured Garry Buckley, made it 3-0 in injury time with a 25-yard curler and Billy Dennehy’s second, and City’s fourth, came on 51 minutes when he slotted home after dispossessing Limerick sub Val Feeney.

Sheppard was unlucky not to get the goal his performance deserved, going close more than once, but Darren Dennehy had the final say, getting his second in the closing stages from Billy’s free kick.

CORK CITY -  McNulty; Dunleavy, Bennett, D Dennehy, Gaynor; Healy (Kavanagh 76), Miller; Morrissey (Kearney 64), Buckley (Holohan 30), B Dennehy; Sheppard.

LIMERICK - C O’Donnell; Harding, O’Connor, Price, Williams; Duggan, O’Conor; Turner, Faherty (Feeney 36), Rainsford; Clarke (Hanlon 57).

Ref - T Connolly (Dublin).

 

DROGHEDA UNITED  3

SLIGO ROVERS 2

Drogheda turned their good start to the season into an excellent one as they came from behind to beat Sligo Rovers at United Park.

Goals from Daryl Kavanagh, Cathal Brady and Neil Yadolahi means that Johnny McDonnell’s side – fast starters last year too – have taken six points from their opening two games.

The visitors started in sprightly fashion and were ahead within seven minutes as Dinny Corcoran converted   Johnny Russell’s cross.

The home side were soon level as Jason Marks dug out a cross from the left and Daryl Kavanagh got in between Gavin Peers and Stephen Folan to arrow a header past Ryan Coulter.

Nine minutes before the break, Russell’s corner was headed in by Peers to restore Sligo’s lead.

Cathal Brady’s 63rd minute strike – in off the post – levelled matters and Neil Yadolahi headed in Sean Thornton’s free-kick six minutes later.

DROGHEDA UTD – Schlingermann, Daly, Byrne, Yadolahi, Gorman, Maher, Brennan (Duffy, 78), Thornton, Brady (Scott, 86), Marks, Kavanagh.

SLIGO ROVERS – Coulter, Keane, Peers, Folan, Ledwith, Devaney, Cawley, Russell (Puri, 86), Beattie, Cretaro (Nielsen, 77), Corcoran.

REF – R Harvey (Dublin)

DERRY CITY 0

DUNDALK 1

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David McMillan, Dundalk, in action against Shane McEleney, Derry City.

David McMillan, Dundalk, in action against Shane McEleney, Derry City.

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David McMillan, Dundalk, in action against Shane McEleney, Derry City.

 

Dundalk made it two wins out of two with another professional-like display to see off a spirited Derry City.

The champions had Dane Massey to thank for the three points as the attacking left-back netted another crucial goal for Stephen Kenny’s side.

In a disappointing first half, the champions had the two best chances, with Gerard Doherty twice coming to Derry’s rescue.

First, he kept out John Mountney’s close range strike and then he denied David McMillan after the striker had beaten the offside trap.

City started the second half much better and had a half-chance on 56 minutes when Mark Timlin broke the offside trap, but Massey got back to make a super last ditch tackle.

Just after the hour, Massey got in behind the City defence to fire home the  winner from close range, after Ronan Finn’s inch-perfect pass had created the chance.

Derry City – Doherty, S Kelly (G Kelly 88), McBride, S McEleney, Barry; Timlin (Daniels 77), McNamee, Lowry, P McEleney, Houston; Curran.

Dundalk – Rodgers, Gannon, Gartland, Boyle, Massey; Shields, Finn, Towell; McMillan (Byrne 77), Mountney, (Grimes 90) Horgan (Meenan 62).

ref – P Tuite (Dublin).

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