Saturday 21 September 2019

Cork fire blanks against Sligo to extend winless run to six matches

Cork City 0 Sligo Rovers 0

Cork City manager John Caulfield. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Cork City manager John Caulfield. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Cork City have now gone six Premier Division games without a win after they couldn’t break down Sligo Rovers at Turner’s Cross.

While the visitors had the better of chances in the first half, City were on top in the second period and created a number of opportunities.

Just after the hour mark, Karl Sheppard crossed for Graham Cummins but he couldn’t find the target, then sub Dáire O’Connor fired into the side-netting after Garry Buckley played him on the right.

While Sligo’s Ronan Coughlan – formerly of City – had an effort that hit the outside of the post from a tight angle, it was a brief interruption to the home flow.

From an O’Connor cross, Garry Buckley’s header was saved by Mitchell Beeney and sub Darragh Crowley was unable to turn the loose ball in, his effort deflected for a corner.

Then, on 82 minutes, Shane Griffin’s crossfield delivery was controlled beautifully by City’s third sub, Darragh Rainsford, but he shot straight at Beeney.

There was one other late opportunity, when Rainsford’s corner was met by Buckley, but he headed wide and Sligo held out for the draw.

Sligo had done a lot of running in the first half, with Coughlan and Kris Twardek linking well.

Coughlan shot over early on while Mark McNulty was quick off his line on 22 minutes when he tried to play in Twardek.

At the other end, Cummins had a good chance but he cleared the crossbar and late in the half he had another effort saved by Beeney.

CORK CITY – McNulty; McCarthy, Casey, McLoughlin, Griffin; McCormack, Comerford (D O’Connor 57); Tilley, Buckley; Sheppard, Cummins (Crowley 72).

SLIGO ROVERS – Beeney; Dunleavey, Leverock (Russell 51), Mahon, Banks; Warde; Morahan, Cawley; Kerrigan (Keaney 70); Twardek (Morley 88), Coughlan.

REF – R Matthews (Westmeath).

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