Coughlan earns point for Bit O'Red
Sligo Rovers 1 Cork City 1
Sligo Rovers head into the mid-season break still narrowly ahead of Cork City in their mid-table battle, despite being held by the Leesiders last night.
Man of the match Ronan Coughlan earned the Bit O'Red a deserved point as his strike cancelled out an early Graham Cummins effort for the visitors in front of a crowd of 1,984.
It was a dream start for Cork with Cummins hitting the net inside six minutes. The striker had two bites of the cherry from a corner, and eventually slipped the ball home from close range.
Cork continued to press after that in a bright opening, but the leveller changed the momentum of the game in the home side's favour as Coughlan reacted quickest to finish after the ball was headed back to him across the face of goal. Daryl Fordyce and Romeo Parkes both had good chances as they grew in confidence, but neither player could hit the target.
Rovers' pressure continued in the second half and they forced the ball to the net on the hour-mark, but centre-back John Mahon - back in the team following suspension - was in an offside position as he turned Coughlan's ball to the net following great work by Ronan Murray.
Rovers sprung player-coach John Russell off the bench as they went in search of a winner in the final quarter.
And it nearly produced instant dividends as Coughlan and Sam Warde combined to pick the Galway native out in front of goal, only for Russell's header to miss the target.
SLIGO rovers - McGinty, Morahan, Keaney, Mahon, Banks, Warde, Fordyce (Russell 68), Murray, Twardek, Coughlan (Kerrigan 84), Parkes.
CORK city - McNulty, Horgan, McCarthy, Casey, Comerford (Hurley 56), D O'Connor (Rainsford 76), Morrissey, Buckley, Tilley, K O'Connor, Cummins.
REF - P McLaughlin