Wednesday 21 August 2019

Cork City's winless run continues as Cowan strikes late to snatch point for Finn Harps

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Finn Harps remain without a victory in the league, but a late equaliser from their captain Keith Cowan at Turner’s Cross made it eight winless games for Cork City.

While the Rebel Army ended what had become a three-game scoring drought when Kevin O’Connor curled home a free-kick four minutes into the second-half, they were unable to build on that.

Harps pushed hard after falling behind, with Niall Logue drawing a good save from Mark McNulty, while Jacob Borg had a header come back off the post.

Eventually, they were rewarded in the 76th minute when sub Tony McNamee kept play alive after a corner was half-cleared, his cross allowing Cowan to steer the ball home from close range.

City’s best chance after that came when Conor McCarthy flashed an effort wide from a corner.

The hosts had the better of the first-half, with Karl Sheppard and Graham Cummins linking well, each having a chance from a flick-on by the other, while on 35 minutes Peter Burke had to save well from Cummins’ header following a delivery from Sheppard.

Shortly before half-time, Shane Griffin set up Kevin O’Connor for a header which saw Burke having to save again, with Sheppard firing the rebound wide.

CORK CITY – McNulty; Horgan, McCarthy, McLoughlin, Griffin; Phillips, K O’Connor (D O’Connor 69), Buckley, Tilley; Cummins, Sheppard.

FINN HARPS – Burke; Todd, Cowan, Logue; Gallagher, Coyle, Borg (McNamee 73), Russell; McAleer (Cretaro 73), Boyle (Ascroft 89); Boyd.

REF – R Hennessy (Limerick).

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