Bargary nets winner on debut as Cork City leave it late to sink UCD
UCD 0 Cork City 1
Teenager Cian Bargary enjoyed a memorable league debut as he scored the only goal of the game to get Cork City back to winning ways at the UCD Bowl.
On the pitch just six minutes, 18-year-old winger Bargary got the final touch to head the ball over the line to decide this fitful encounter on 72 minutes.
That stemmed from skipper Karl Sheppard’s looping header from Gary Boylan’s long diagonal ball merely being palmed into the air by UCD keeper Conor Kearns, leaving Bargary with a simple, close-range finish.
Cork move up to sixth place while an eighth successive defeat keeps UCD rooted to the foot of the table.
UCD’s three at the back looked a little unsure of itself early on with Sheppard and James Tilley working Kearns.
A better save was needed on five minutes as Garry Buckley met a Boylan cross with a downward header.
Sheppard then burst in on the right to keep Kearns busy with a low drive.
UCD passed their way into the game with Cork keeper Mark McNulty having to make the stop of the first half from a Sean McDonald shot after he slipped to gift the ball away.
Cork then had a let off three minutes before the interval when Paul Doyle flashed a header wide from Neil Farrugia’s cross.
It remained an even contest into the second half with Sheppard’s header bringing a fine save from Kearns before the key moment of the game arrived as Bargary began his League of Ireland career in the best fashion possible.
UCD: Kearns; Farrell, Collins, Scales; McClelland, Doyle (Bishop, 90), O’Neill, O’Farrell, Farrugia; McDonald, Davis (Mahdy, 82).
Cork City: McNulty; Boylan, McCarthy, McLoughlin, Comerford; McCormack, K. O’Connor; Tilley, Buckley, D O’Connor (Bargary, 66); Sheppard (Cummins, 90+5.
Referee: Iwan Griffith (FAW).