Thursday 22 February 2018

Cork rue missed chances in stalemate

Turner's Cross has produced tons of entertainment this season, with 27 goals in eight games prior to last night, so this scoreless draw came out of the blue.

Cork City could have scored a hatful, but they wasted chance after chance against a dogged Shelbourne outfit.

Ian Turner, Daryl Horgan, Shane Duggan and Davin O'Neill all squandered first-rate opportunities and it was a case of the same old story as they drew their sixth game out of the last seven.

Shels threatened on the break, Stephen Hurley and Shortall coming closest, and they will have been happier with the point as they maintained their place in the top half of the table.

Cork were made to sweat in the final five minutes as Keigan Parker was sent off for a challenge on Brian Shortall near the halfway line, but, in the end, both sides were keen to hold on to what they had.

CORK CITY -- McNulty; Healy, D Murray, K Murray, Murphy; Turner (Kenny 91), Duggan, Dunleavy, Horgan; O'Neill (O'Connell 92), Sullivan (Parker 70).

SHELBOURNE -- Bennion; Fitzgerald, Shortall, Boyle, S Byrne; C Byrne (Murphy 92), Hurley, Dawson, Clancy, Gorman, Hughes (Kavanagh 65).

Ref -- P Sutton (Clare).

Irish Independent

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