Friday 19 January 2018

Evergreen Byrne strikes to peg back Cork

Cork City 1 Bohemians 1

Jason Byrne scored the equaliser for Bohemians against Cork City last night. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Jason Byrne scored the equaliser for Bohemians against Cork City last night. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Cork City remain top of the table only on goal difference after they were held to a frustrating draw by Bohemians at a wet and windy Turner's Cross.

Billy Dennehy's penalty was cancelled out by the head of Jason Byrne minutes later as the away side will feel they should have come away with all three ponts after a host of chances in the second.

Gearóid Morrissey fired wide after a good run early on, before Dennehy almost slid in at the back post following an excellent build-up. Dennehy was involved minutes later, curling a shot just past the far post as the home side adjusted to the conditions better in the opening stages.

Bohs had their first effort just before the half-hour, Craig Walsh's shot comfortably saved by a nervous Mark McNulty.

Bohemians had a golden chance to take the lead just after the break; good work down the left side by Karl Moore set up Dave Mulcahy, but the Gypsies captain blazed over from five yards.

City took the lead minutes later, as after good work from Liam Kearney, Derek Pender fouled Mark O'Sullivan and Dennehy made no mistake from 12 yards.

The visitors immediately hit back; a short corner led to a fantastic whipped cross by Paddy Kavanagh that Byrne nodded in at the back post.

McNulty was then called into action with 15 minutes to go, Byrne's cross was flicked towards a seemingly empty net by Ryan McEvoy, but the City 'keeper flashed across his goal to stop the ball dead.

Bohs pressed on, and having just seen additional time announced Kevin Devaney rattled the bar from the edge of the box.

It was the City fans who left angered, though, as Mark O'Sullivan poked a ball spilled by Lee Murphy through the legs of the Bohs custodian, but referee Neil Doyle signalled for a foul on Murphy.

Next week's will see City's unbeaten run put to the test: they face Dundalk at Oriel Park, while Bohs will be trying to get a long overdue victory when they play Derry City at Dalymount Park.

Cork City – McNulty: Kavanagh (Davoren 54), Murray, Dunleavy, Lenihan; B Dennehy, Morrissey, Buckley, Healy, Kearney (Lehane 71); O'Sullivan.

Bohemians – Murphy; Beattie, Lopez, Price (D Byrne 53), Pender; Mulcahy; Kavanagh, McEvoy, Walsh (Devaney 82), Moore; Byrne.

Referee – N Doyle.

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