Tuesday 11 December 2018

Josh O'Hanlon strikes as Cork City come from behind to move three points clear

Cork City 2 Limerick 1

Josh O'Hanlon of Cork City celebrates after scoring his side's second goal
Josh O'Hanlon of Cork City celebrates after scoring his side's second goal

Sub Josh O'Hanlon’s 70th-minute winner moved Cork City three points clear at the top of the Premier Division as they came from behind to see off Limerick at Turner's Cross.

In front of 3,516, former City man Danny Morrissey had put the visitors ahead in the 34th minute, reacting well when Billy Dennehy's free kick broke. It was a first home league goal conceded by City since last September but before that they had wasted a great opportunity as Karl Sheppard's penalty – awarded for a pull-back on Jimmy Keohane – was saved by Brendan Clarke.

Limerick's lead lasted just over a minute though as Graham Cummins levelled for City with his eighth league goal of the season, heading Colm Horgan's cross home, and it remained level until half-time.

While City had the better of the play after the restart, Limerick sub Mark O'Sullivan could have put them back in front just after he was brought on but his shot rolled just past Mark McNulty's post.

Instead, it was another sub who had the decisive say, O'Hanlon meeting Kieran Sadlier's cross from the left at the back post to net with his first touch.

CORK CITY: McNulty; Horgan, Bennett, McLoughlin, Beattie (Sadlier 52); McCormack, Keohane; McNamee (O’Hanlon 69), Buckley, Sheppard; Cummins (Kane 82).

LIMERICK: Clarke; Cantwell, Whitehead, D Dennehy (Maguire half-time), B Dennehy; Wearen, Coleman; Duggan, Clifford, Fitzgerald (K O’Sullivan 35); Morrissey (M O’Sullivan 64).

Referee: T Connolly (Dublin).

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