Monday 23 September 2019

Keane backs Rebel cause

Cork City 2 Ipswich Town 0

IT WOULD be a great shame if Cork City were to fold, according to Roy Keane who was speaking after yesterday's friendly at Turner's Cross.

The Cork native saw his side end their Irish tour with a second loss as second-half goals from Faz Kuduzovic and Davin O'Neill gave City the win.

"It's a pity to see the way Cork and Cobh are going," he said, "Hopefully something will fall into place before the High Court."

In front of a lower-than-expected crowd of 3,262, Cork had a lot of the early play, though it was Ipswich's Connor Wickham who had the first chance, Dan Connor saving well.

Six minutes into the second half, Kuduzovic was fouled in the box by Tom Smith after a Pat Sullivan throw and the striker sent his spot kick into the top right-hand corner.

That goal seemed to give the home side confidence while Ipswich, disrupted by a flurry of substitutions, struggled.

Gareth Cambridge was unlucky to curl a shot just wide on 63 minutes and Cillian Lordan was just over with an attempt to catch the keeper off his line from 40 yards.

As the game petered out, Ipswich had chances to equalise before City sub O'Neill cut in from the left past two men and into the box before finishing to make it 2-0, with chairman Tom Coughlan saying afterwards that he was confident of a good result with Revenue this day week, maintaining that the win was "the beginning of something rather than the end".

CORK CITY-- Connor (McNulty 45); Horgan, Long (O'Halloran 80), Murray, Murphy; Kiely (Sullivan 45), Lordan (S Duggan 89), O'Donnell (C Duggan 89), Dennehy (O'Neill 45); Silagailis (Cambridge 45), Kuduzovic (Deasy 89).

IPSWICH TOWN -- Supple; D Wright (Bruce 59), Smith, Balkestein, Delaney; Walters (Lisbie 59), Garvan (Norris 59), Trotter (Shumiloski 59), Martin; Stead, Wickham (Rose 79).

Ref -- G Kelly (Cork).

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