Cork City cruise to victory in Sligo after a sparkling scoring spree
Sligo Rovers 1 Cork City 4
CORK CITY strengthened their early lead at the top of the table with a devastating display at the Showgrounds.
Graham Cummins hit a hat-trick and won a penalty converted by Kieran Sadlier, as the Rebels proved too strong for a Sligo side that finished with ten men.
In front of 1,842, Cork netted twice in scintillating opening 11 minutes and when Rovers gifted them a third at the start of the second half, it rendered Adam Morgan’s penalty for the Bit O’Red as a mere consolation.
On three minutes, Shane Griffin picked out Karl Sheppard, who crossed for Cummins to nod home.
The visitors were then awarded an 11th-minute spot-kick when Cummins went to ground under the challenge from Seamus Sharkey, and Sadlier finished brilliantly.
Rovers replaced Sharkey with debutant Calum Waters at the break, but they were 3-0 down before he got his first touch, as Beeney rolled a ball out to Kyle Callan-McFadden, whose return ball was seized upon by Cummins for his second.
David Cawley did well to win possession in midfield on the hour-mark and Rovers worked the ball through to Caolan McAleer, who was tripped by Steven Beattie in the area, and Morgan dispatched the spot-kick.
But their misery was compounded when Rhys McCabe was sent off in the closing stages, seemingly shown a straight red for dissent towards a linesman. Almost straight after, Shane Griffin attacked down the left and fed Cummins to tap home his hat-trick.
SLIGO ROVERS – Beeney, Boylan, Callan-McFadden, Sharkey (Waters h-t), McClean, Roddan (Wixted 65), Cawley, McCabe, McAleer, Roy (Moorhouse 71), Morgan.
CORK CITY – McNulty, Beattie (Horgan 65), Bennett, Barry, Griffin, Morrissey, McNamee (Buckley 80), McCormack, Sadlier (Keohane 71), Sheppard, Cummins.
REF – D Tomney
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