Friday 24 November 2017

Cork City keep pressure on Dundalk with victory over Galway in eight-goal thriller

Cork City 5 Galway United 3

Sean Maguire, left of Cork City celebrates with Kevin O'Connor after scoring his sides second goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Cork City and Galway United at Turners Cross in Cork. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Sean Maguire, left of Cork City celebrates with Kevin O'Connor after scoring his sides second goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Cork City and Galway United at Turners Cross in Cork. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

It was fairly comfortable – but should have been more so – for Cork City as they moved to within four points of Dundalk with victory at Turner’s Cross tonight.

Right-back Dave Mulcahy scored his first two goals for the club and it was he who opened the scoring in the sixth minute, pouncing to fire home after Kevin O’Connor’s corner broke to him.

Sean Maguire made it 2-0 with a lovely volley from O’Connor’s cross but Galway had the first of their goals – they have scored five of the 13 conceded by City in the league – as Killian Cantwell was unmarked from Ryan Connolly’s free-kick and he headed home on 35.

Just two minutes later, Garry Buckley made it 3-1 from Karl Sheppard’s cross and on the stroke of half-time Mulcahy turned in Maguire’s low ball.

In front of 1,685, City continued to enjoy more of the game on the resumption, with the switch from 3-5-2 to 4-4-2 by Galway not initially having much of an effect.

One of those introduced, though, was Kevin Devaney and he made it 4-2 just after the hour from Connolly’s low pass. As they had in the first half, Cork replied with another goal, O’Connor with a long-range deflected effort after Greg Bolger rolled a free kick to him.

The first 6-2 – win or loss – in City’s history was a possibility, but it wasn’t to be as they couldn’t add another and Devaney had his second for Galway at the death.

CORK CITY – McNulty; Mulcahy, Bennett, Browne, O’Connor (Kavanagh 88); G Morrissey, Bolger (Healy 71); Sheppard, Buckley (Holohan 71), Dooley; Maguire.

GALWAY – Winn; Cantwell (Shanahan h-t), Aganovic, Folan; Horgan, Byrne, Melody (Devaney h-t), Sinnott (Curran 71), Ludden; Connolly, Faherty.

Ref – J McKell (Tipperary)

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