Tuesday 20 March 2018

Cork close the gap on Dundalk to a point with thumping win over Bray


John Caulfied
John Caulfied

It was straightforward for Cork City as they got their second league win in five days at Turner’s Cross tonight.

While they have a game more played than Premier Division leaders Dundalk, this win leaves them just a point behind the Lilywhites and the four goals here, coupled with the five against Longford Town on Friday night, have helped to close the goal-difference margin.

They might have won by more, but with a 4-0 lead established by the 56th minute, the outcome was inevitable from a long way out. Even without the suspended Greg Bolger, John Caulfield’s side were far superior, and they had the lead in the 13th minute thanks to Gearoid Morrissey’s left-footed drive from outside the area.

Steven Beattie almost put Stephen Dooley in for another four minutes later but Peter Cherrie was quick off his line. At the other end, Mark McNulty had to save well from Mark Salmon but just before half-time City were two ahead as Gavan Holohan headed home Kevin O’Connor’s cross.

On the resumption, Kenny Browne made it 3-0 from Dooley’s cross and then, when Dooley was fouled for a penalty, Sean Maguire converted.

Late on, Alan Bennett had to acrobatically clear off his own line to deny Tim Clancy and preserve the clean sheet.


CORK CITY – McNulty; Beattie, Bennett, Browne (Mulcahy 60), O’Connor; Buckley, G Morrissey (Healy 60); Sheppard, Holohan, Dooley; Maguire (O’Sullivan 65).

BRAY WANDERERS – Cherrie; Douglas, Kenna, Noone, Lynch (Kehoe 63); Salmon, Sullivan; Moore, Noone (Marks 84), Connolly; Lyons (Pender 63).

Ref – T Connolly (Dublin)

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