Wednesday 17 January 2018

Horgan delivers double to dent Sligo ambitions

Cork City 3 Sligo Rovers 1

Daryl Horgan, Cork City, in action against Lee Lynch, Sligo Rovers.
Daryl Horgan, Cork City, in action against Lee Lynch, Sligo Rovers.

A brilliant brace by Daryl Horgan against his former club helped Cork City forget two successive 3-0 defeats as they overcame Sligo Rovers at Turner's Cross.

Having lost to UCD and Drogheda United in the past week, this was exactly the result the home side needed, and Horgan showed the champions what they were missing as his goals were equally impressive, despite being very different.

Four minutes into the second half, the winger profited from a loose Joseph Ndo back-pass intended for goalkeeper Gary Rogers, and then, with Cork dominating proceedings, he doubled the lead in the 74th minute with an excellent low shot from the left corner of the penalty area.

It was a situation that few could have predicted in the first half, however, as Cork spent most of it on the back foot, with Ndo dominating proceedings in midfield for Sligo.

While the home side had the first chance, loan striker Ciaran Kilduff crossing for Daryl Kavanagh only for Rogers to save, otherwise Sligo were far more assured on the ball.

David Cawley and Danny North both went close for them while Alan Keane was getting forward to good effect from right-back.

Having gone in level, though, once Cork hit the front they prospered, with Kilduff showing up well alongside Kavanagh while Garry Buckley impressed in defence.

Horgan's brace had them comfortable, and while David McMillan pulled one back for Sligo, Kilduff responded straight away to secure the points.

CORK CITY – McNulty; N Horgan, Buckley, Spillane, D Murphy; Turner, G Morrissey, Duggan, D Horgan; D Kavanagh (Behan 86), Kilduff (Furlong 86).

SLIGO ROVERS – Rogers; Keane, Peers, Henderson, Gaynor; Lynch (E McMillan 84), Cawley, Conneely, Ndo (Davoren 69), D McMillan; North (Elding 65).

Ref – P McLaughlin (Monaghan).

Irish Independent

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