Morrissey gets Cork off on right note
Cork City 3 Dundalk 0
After being consigned to the foot of the table weeks ago, Dundalk's preparations for their relegation play-off took yet another turn for the worse as Cork City easily accounted for them at Turner's Cross.
The demoralised look etched upon the Dundalk players' faces at full-time pointed towards a team devoid of any optimism. For their sake, one would hope a realisation sets in that next week's two-legged tie against either Longford or Waterford is a clean slate, forgiving of all that has gone before.
Cork, meanwhile, in front of their home support for the final time this season, dominated from the outset and the only surprise was they didn't break the deadlock sooner. It was worth waiting for nonetheless, as Gearoid Morrissey volleyed into the bottom right corner after 23 minutes.
Within four minutes City's top scorer Vinny Sullivan made it two, turning swiftly before burying his effort past Peter Cherrie and what followed was a procession. The Lilywhites failed to have a single effort on target and five minutes after the restart they were left with an insurmountable mountain to climb when Shane Duggan drilled home Cork's third.
Cork threatened time and again to add further to Dundalk's woes, but a mixture of Cherrie's solid goalkeeping and poor finishing kept the deficit at three.
Cork City -- McNulty; Dunleavy, Kavanagh, K Murray, Murphy; Turner (Kenny 62), G Morrissey, Duggan, Healy, Horgan (D Morrissey 76); Sullivan (O'Neill 62).
Dundalk -- Cherrie; Whelan (Gaul 60), Thomas, Shields, Murphy; McDonald, McDonnell (Burns 46), Maher, Walsh; Woods (Conlon 72), Griffin.
Ref -- P Sutton (Clare).