Monday 22 January 2018

Dooley finishes off Harps to keep Cork in the hunt

Cork City 2 Finn Harps 0

Ryan Kelly

Cork City recovered from the disappointment of Tuesday’s loss to Dundalk to see off Finn Harps with minimal fuss.

An own-goal from Damien McNulty put the hosts ahead just before the interval, and Stephen Dooley doubled the advantage on the hour mark.

With the rain cascading down at Turner’s Cross, it was difficult for both sides, and there were chances at either end early on.

Karl Sheppard spurned an excellent opportunity to fire the hosts into the lead after nine minutes when he sent Garry Buckley’s neat cut-back wide.

Tony McNamee curled a powerful effort narrowly wide of Mark McNulty’s post shortly afterwards.

Cork eventually took the lead a minute before half-time. The goal was more a product of the inclement weather than any nous on the hosts’ part as Kevin O’Connor’s hopeful corner skidded off McNulty and past his own goalkeeper.

John Caulfield’s side were quicker to adapt to the worsening conditions in the second period and they threatened to double their lead on 55 when Sean Maguire was played through by Greg Bolger. However, the ball got stuck in a puddle on its way, bamboozling both striker and defender.

Cork eventually managed to extend their lead on the hour and Maguire was instrumental, playing a deft through-ball to Dooley (above), who was left with only Ciaran Gallagher to beat and he sent a low finish into the left corner of the net.

Harps struggled to create chances and they were almost caught on the counter when Mark O’Sullivan raced onto a clearance. However, he was pushed wide by his marker and Gallagher had the angle well covered.

Cork now look to Monday when they face St Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park, while Harps take on relegation rivals Wexford Youths next Friday.

Cork City – M McNulty, A Bennett, K Browne, K O’Connor (D Mulcahy, 71), S Beattie, G Bolger, G Buckley, G Holohan (M O’Sullivan, 54), K Sheppard, S Dooley (C Healy, 83), S Maguire

Finn Harps – C Gallagher, D McNulty, G Harkin, C Coll, M Funston (T McNamee, 2), A Hanlon, D Scully, E Boyle, B Molloy (BJ Banda, 64), J Mailey, R Curran.

Ref – R Rogers

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