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Error leaves Cork with nervous run-in

Bohemians 1 Cork City 0

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Derek Pender. Photo: Sportsfile

Derek Pender. Photo: Sportsfile

Derek Pender. Photo: Sportsfile

Champions just two years ago, Cork City are still looking nervously over their shoulder and pondering a possible drop into the First Division as their truly dismal run shows no signs of ending.

And it was a self-inflicted wound which damaged Neale Fenn's side away to Bohemians, the only score of the game credited as an own goal by Cork goalkeeper Tadhg Ryan.

He had managed to gather a cross from Bohs captain Derek Pender (pictured) two minutes after the break, but as he landed, the Limerick native managed to carry the ball over the line and gift Bohs the goal they had been unable to find in their previous two games.

A scrappy goal to win a scrappy game, not much value for Mick McCarthy, the Ireland manager who attended as part of a scouting mission which also takes him to the Showgrounds in Sligo tonight.

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Alec Byrne of Cork City and Luke Wade-Slater of Bohemians. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Alec Byrne of Cork City and Luke Wade-Slater of Bohemians. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Alec Byrne of Cork City and Luke Wade-Slater of Bohemians. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

But Bohs will take anything they get these days and from the misery of last week's FAI Cup semi-final loss to Shamrock Rovers, last night was a good one all round for Keith Long's outfit as their rivals for the Europa League slots both lost - the Gypsies moving two points clear in third place.

And there is real concern for Cork, who have gained just one point from the last six league games and could still be overtaken by Finn Harps for the relegation play-off spot.

Cork were the better side for spells in a poor first half, efforts from Conor McCormack, Karl Sheppard and Eoghan Stokes, but they were unable to capitalise.

Bohs looked a lot sharper in the second half, boosted by that goal on 47 minutes from Ryan, via Pender's boot. Danny Grant and Luke Wade-Slater had chances for the home side while a free-kick five minutes from time from Dawson Devoy was also close, the one goal enough in the end for a Europe-chasing Bohs.

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Andre Wright of Bohemians in action against Conor McCormack, left, and Conor McCarthy of Cork City

Andre Wright of Bohemians in action against Conor McCormack, left, and Conor McCarthy of Cork City

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Andre Wright of Bohemians in action against Conor McCormack, left, and Conor McCarthy of Cork City

BOHEMIANS - Talbot; Pender (Barker 74), Cornwall, Finnerty, Kirk; Allardice, Tierney; Grant (Graydon 91), Ward (Devoy 81), Wade-Slater; Wright.

CORK CITY - Ryan; Horgan, Casey, McCarthy, Griffin; Byrne, McCormack; D O'Connor (Holland 85), Stokes (O'Sullivan 75), Coustrain (O'Brien-Whitmarsh 89); Sheppard.

Ref - R Harvey

Irish Independent