Tuesday 19 February 2019

Cork stay on track with Buckley double

Limerick 0 Cork City 2

Garry Buckley of Cork City. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Garry Buckley of Cork City. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Garry Buckley's two second-half goals at the Markets Field saw Cork City record a second win over Limerick in the space of 16 days.

Having had the better of the first half, City struck six minutes after the break when Buckley sidefooted home a good low cross from Kieran Sadlier.

And, while the Leesiders were never comfortable, they were able to withstand what Limerick threw at them before the midfielder struck again on 87 minutes to seal the three points.

The league champions were in positive form in the opening period, moving the ball at pace as Barry McNamee partnered Jimmy Keohane in the deeper midfield positions.

However, while they enjoyed good possession and territory, Limerick goalkeeper Brendan Clarke wasn't sufficiently worked.

City's best chances fell to Graham Cummins and Steven Beattie, from crosses by Sadlier, but both were off-target, while Kilian Cantwell got important blocks in on Keohane and Seán McLoughlin.

Despite having been on the back foot, Limerick went in level at half-time and nearly fashioned an early second-half equaliser.

Substitute Karl O'Sullivan tried to play in Daniel Kearns, but Colm Horgan recovered to challenge, the offside flag up in any case.

With the next play, City defender Conor McCarthy found Sadlier to set up Buckley for the opener.

Chances for McLoughlin and substitute Karl Sheppard followed in the wake of that, the latter drawing a good save from Clarke.

Limerick's best chance of an equaliser was a side-footed William Fitzgerald effort.

Soon after that Buckley doubled Cork's lead with a lovely curling shot from 25 yards after he picked up a loose ball.

LIMERICK - Clarke; Kelly, Cantwell, Whitehead, B Dennehy; Clifford (K O'Sullivan half-time); Fitzgerald, Duggan, Coleman, Kearns (Walsh-O'Loghlen 55); M O'Sullivan.

CORK CITY - McNulty; Horgan, McCarthy, McLoughlin, Griffin; McNamee, Keohane; Beattie (Sheppard 52), Buckley, Sadlier; Cummins.

Ref - S Grant (Wexford).

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