Thursday 25 April 2019

Morrissey gets Cork off mark

Sligo Rovers 1 Cork City 2

Goals in each half from Sean McLoughlin and Gearoid Morrissey earned Cork City a first win in three games (stock picture)
Goals in each half from Sean McLoughlin and Gearoid Morrissey earned Cork City a first win in three games (stock picture)

Cork City finally got their season up and running with a hard-fought win at The Showgrounds.

Goals in each half from Sean McLoughlin and Gearoid Morrissey earned a first win in three games for John Caulfield's men, although they were made to sweat when Sligo pulled a goal back through Kyle Callan-McFadden.

Both sides were winless ahead of this encounter. Cork, in fact, were second from bottom in the Premier Division table after two losses.

Cork broke the deadlock and ended their scoring drought after 14 minutes when Shane Griffin flighted in a corner and centre-back McLoughlin got the vital touch.

Sligo got into the game after going a goal down - Romeo Parkes showing some nice touches - but they didn't test Cork goalkeeper Mark McNulty.

A brilliant finish from Morrissey put Cork 2-0 ahead in the fourth minute of the second half.

But Sligo battled and Callan-McFadden's firm header, from a Jack Keaney corner, halved the deficit after 63 minutes.

Sligo Rovers - McGinty; Banks, Leverock, Mahon, Donelon (Morahan 7); Keaney, Callan-McFadden; Fordyce (Warde 65); Twardek, Kerrigan (Cawley 65), Parkes.

Cork City - McNulty; McCarthy, Casey, McLoughlin, Griffin; McCormack, Morrissey; O'Connor (Tilley 69), Buckley, Sheppard; Nash (Smith 69).

Ref - B Connolly.

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