Cork City fall further adrift of league leaders Dundalk after Sligo inflict first home defeat in over a year
Cork City 1 Sligo Rovers 2
Sub Raffaele Cretaro inflicted Cork City’s first home league defeat in just over a year as Sligo came from behind at Turner’s Cross.
Cretaro struck seven minutes from time, set up by Caolan McAleer – and the last team to beat City at the Cross in the league were Sligo on August 18 last year.
The champions, held by St Patrick’s Athletic in their previous home game, had begun in a lively fashion and had the lead inside eight minutes. Having been fouled for a free-kick, Karl Sheppard did well to meet Barry McNamee’s delivery, glancing the ball past Mitchell Beeney.
Sheppard had a couple of efforts off-target as City looked to build on that lead, but overall their urgency wasn’t as apparent and Sligo began to come into the game. However, their best chance of the half was a long-range shot from Cawley which was straight at Mark McNulty.
On 22 minutes, McNamee had a great chance to double the hosts’ lead when he got on the end of a Sheppard cross but Regan Donelon blocked his shot, while coming up to half-time Sheppard was again foiled, this time by a Beeney save.
There was always the sense that the Rebel Army needed a second and Garry Buckley had an early header wide but Sligo were coming strongly and Sheppard had a to clear a Patrick McClean header off the line just before the hour.
City sub Kieran Sadlier saw his free-kick come back off the post, but Sligo were level on 71 as Cawley converted a rebound when McNulty parried a Rhys McCabe free-kick before Cretaro completed the turnaround.
CORK CITY: McNulty; Dunleavy (Keohane 83), Delaney, Barry, Griffin; McCormack (O’Hanlon 76), Morrissey; McNamee (Sadlier 61), Buckley, Sheppard; Cummins.
SLIGO ROVERS: Beeney; Callan-McFadden (Cretaro h-t), Mahon, McClean, Donelon; Keaney, Cawley; Wixted (Twardek 59), Lynch, McCabe; Drennan (McAleer 80).
Ref: D Tomney (Dublin)