Sunday 19 November 2017

Billy Dennehy builds Cork momentum at Thomond Park

Limerick FC 1 Cork City 2

Garry Buckley, Cork City, celebrates with team-mates after scoring his side's first goal. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Limerick v Cork City, Thomond Park, Limerick. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Garry Buckley, Cork City, celebrates with team-mates after scoring his side's first goal. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Limerick v Cork City, Thomond Park, Limerick. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Rob Lehane, Cork City, in action against Stephen Folan, Limerick FC. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Limerick v Cork City, Thomond Park, Limerick. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Stephen Folan, Limerick FC, in action against Brian Lenihan, Cork City. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Limerick v Cork City, Thomond Park, Limerick. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Mark O'Sullivan, Cork City, in action against Shaun Kelly and Samuel Oji, left, Limerick FC. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Limerick v Cork City, Thomond Park, Limerick. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Suddenly Cork City are catching a bit of form again as John Caulfield's side claimed a second successive league win at Thomond Park.

Before Friday's triumph over Derry City, Cork had only taken one point from their previous three matches, but the early-season enterprise and efficiency is returning.

In the 14th minute, Garry Buckley, willing to attack throughout, expertly steered City ahead from Mark O'Sullivan's pass, and Limerick remained in a state of confusion for another costly while.

O'Sullivan was heavily involved in the creation of a second Cork goal in the 16th minute when a penetrating run down the right vexed Limerick. Billy Dennehy was the beneficiary, sliding Cork two clear.

Six minutes after the restart, though, Limerick trimmed the deficit as Rory Gaffney made a firm headed connection with an inviting Shane Tracy cross.

Gaffney's hearty and honest contribution ensured Limerick carried a threat until the end, but the problem was that Cork had something to protect.

That is essentially what they did as the Leesiders pocketed the points as goalkeeper Mark McNulty pushed away a swerving 79th minute Tam McManus free-kick.

Limerick FC – Ryan, Kelly, Oji, Folan, Williams (Nzuzi, 8), Agyemang, Duggan, Tracy (Galbraith, 57), Hughes, McManus (Mann, 81), Gaffney.

Cork City – McNulty, Dunleavy, Murray, D Dennehy, Davoren, Healy, Buckley (Kearney, 76), Morrissey, Lenihan (Lehane, 69), O'Sullivan, B Dennehy.

Ref – P McLaughlin (Monaghan).

Irish Independent

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