Sunday 19 November 2017

Mark McNulty denies Derry after John O'Flynn's strike

Derry City 0 Cork City 1

John O'Flynn was the difference
John O'Flynn was the difference

Cork City produced a super defensive display to secure a hard fought win at Derry City.

Peter Hutton he will feel for the second match in-a-row his side did more than enough to get at least get a share of the spoils.

Cork got off to the perfect start as they took the lead on 13 minutes when Josh O'Shea's left wing cross found an unmarked John O'Flynn, who fired high into the net.

Despite the set-back Hutton's side should have levelled things on 22 minutes but Philip Lowry's close-range strike, which had Mark McNulty beaten, was cleared off the line by Brian Lenihan. Soon after more high balls into the Derry penalty box caused problems but Dan Murray's header was kept out by Ger Doherty.

Cork had a golden chance to increase their lead on 57 minutes when Ross Gaynor's free-kick found a diving Darren Dennehy, but his close range header clipped the post.

A great through ball by Patrick McEleney picked out Shaun Kelly, but the right-back's shot failed to trouble McNulty and hit the side netting. Derry continued to pile forward in search of an equaliser this time Lowry's 20-yard effort was saved by McNulty.

McNulty made another wonder save on 75 minutes this time at full stretch he tipped over McEleney's 25 yard free-kick.

Derry City - Doherty, Kelly (Boyle 71), Byrne, Barry, Jarvis (Timlin 77); Ventre (Curran 86), McNamee; Dooley, Lowry, Duffy; P McEleney.

Cork City - McNulty, Dunleavy, Dennehy, Murray, Morrissey, O'Flynn (Kavangh 45), Gaynor, Lenihan, O'Sullivan, O'Shea (McSweeney 77), Kearney (D Morrissey 63).

Ref - Derek Tomey (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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