Cork City made it two wins from two as they dominated all through against Galway United at Turner’s Cross.
While he would have to depart injured after an hour, Sean Maguire was a livewire in his time on the pitch and it was the centre-forward who shone brightest in the first half.
He opened the scoring in the 15th minute, nipping in to dispossess Galway goalkeeper Ciaran Nugent – who had earlier denied him – as he was trying to control a clearance and then chasing the loose ball to tap home.
Maguire went closest to doubling the lead but while it remained 1-0 at half-time, City didn’t have to wait too long for a second as centre-back Ryan Delaney powered home a header from a corner.
Stephen Dooley made it 3-0 on 64, lobbing over Nugent after Jimmy Keohane’s lovely ball through. Sub Karl Sheppard was denied a goal by Nugent but at the death teenager Connor Ellis wrapped up the win with a nice finish.
CORK CITY – McNulty; McCormack, Bennett, Delaney, O’Connor; Morrissey (Ellis 81), Bolger; Beattie (Campion 78), Keohane, Dooley; Maguire (Sheppard 61).
GALWAY UNITED – Nugent; Horgan, Grace, Folan, Ludden; Devaney, Cawley, Holohan (Devers 83), Melody (Byrne 72); Cunningham (Faherty 72), Murray.
Ref – P McLaughlin (Monaghan).