Wednesday 18 July 2018

Dennehy helps close gap

Cork City 1 Galway United 0

David O'Leary of Galway United in action against Cork City's Garry Buckley
David O'Leary of Galway United in action against Cork City's Garry Buckley
Ross Gaynor of Cork City in action against Cormac Raftery of Galway United
Cork City's Billy Dennehy, right, celebrates with team-mate Dan Murray after scoring his side's first goal

Billy Dennehy’s second goal in as many games gave Cork City a first league win in three games at Turner’s Cross last night.

Having been introduced as a 54th-minute sub, Dennehy – who had been out of favour before coming back and scoring against St Patrick’s Athletic last week – half-volleyed home three minutes later after Steven Beattie had flicked on Mark McNulty’s clearance.

It wasn’t a sparkling display from John Caulfield’s side but they did enough to close the gap on Dundalk to eight points. Threatening going forward, by and large the home defence never really looked troubled despite Galway having a go.

While the visitors did have the first chance as Jake Keegan curled a shot wide, most of the first half was City’s. Sam Oji had to get a good block on a Garry Buckley shot, Karl Sheppard had a couple of efforts and Liam Miller tested Conor Winn, though clear-cut opportunities were hard to come by, with Ross Gaynor going closest after he cut in from the right.

The same pattern of play pertained after the break, with Beattie always looking lively for the hosts, while Oji almost headed a Gaynor cross past Winn.

Dennehy’s impact after his introduction was instant as he met the ball perfectly from Beattie’s touch, giving Winn no chance. Sheppard might have doubled the lead when a deflected Dennehy shot fell to him but he could only screw the ball wide.

With City defending well, Galway never really looked like finding an equaliser and the hosts played out time, with a home game to come against St Pat’s on Monday.

Cork City – McNulty; McSweeney, Bennett, Murray, Gaynor; Healy, Miller (B Dennehy 54); Beattie, Buckley, Sheppard (Kearney 89); O’Sullivan.

Galway United – Winn; Rafferty, Oji, Cantwell, Horgan; Sinnott, Byrne, O’Leary (O’Connell 85); Shanahan, Keegan, Molloy (Melody 61).

Ref – S Grant (Wexford)

Irish Independent

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