Champions on song to sink Bohs
Bohemians 0-2 Cork City
The sound of Microdisney wafted through the air at Dalymount Park before the game but at the end of 90 minutes, there was one tune on the lips of Cork City supporters: 'That's Why We're Champions'.
A 2-0 win away to Bohemians, thanks to a goal in each half from Colm Horgan and Graham Cummins, earned City the victory which, combined with dropped points for Stephen Kenny's outfit, leaves Cork and Dundalk level on points at the top of the table, extra seasoning for next Friday's meeting of the two clubs.
Bohemians, now beaten twice in the space of five days, certainly put it up to the champions in front of a gate of 2,281 and with Dylan Watts a driving force in the middle and Eoghan Stokes a threat up front, they will argue their effort deserved something.
But Cork withstood the pressure when Bohs had the ball, defended when they had to, were clinical in their finishing and a third successive clean sheet is another bonus.
Bohs were a goal down, unluckily so, after only 10 minutes. Right-back Colm Horgan moved into an attacking position, played a one-two with Barry McNamee and set himself up for what was meant to be a tidy cross into the box, aimed at Graham Cummins. But Cummins didn't even get a touch as Horgan's cross went beyond the grasp of goalkeeper Shane Supple and over the line.
This is a young Bohs side but they showed courage to take the blow of that goal and respond with some attacking football, Dylan Watts starring yet again.
Bohs had enjoyed a good spell of possession but Cork looked sharper after the break. Sub Kieran Sadlier and Barry McNamee had gone close for City but Bohs were caught flat-footed on 66 minutes. When Sadlier's quick throw-in fell into the path of Cummins, he shrugged off the challenge of Rob Cornwall and powered forward to beat Supple with a confident strike.
Cummins was substituted soon after and, with a 2-0 lead away from home, it was job done for City, though Bohs still had their moments but McNulty saved, again, late on to deny Watts.
BOHEMIANS - Supple; Buckley, Morris, Cornwall, Leahy; Byrne; Grant (Corcoran, 67), Lunney, Watts, Ward; Stokes.
CORK CITY - McNulty; Horgan, McCarthy, McLoughlin, Griffin (Barry, 71); McCormack, Morrissey; McNamee, Keohane, Sheppard (Sadlier, 53); Cummins (O'Hanlon, 67).
REF - P McLaughlin