O'Leary steals show for Limerick
It was an afternoon to remember for Dave O'Leary against his hometown club as he scored the winning goal and provided two assists in a thrilling Munster derby at Turner's Cross.
Cork City, who played 49 minutes with only 10 men, had taken the lead 13 minutes in when Gearoid Morrissey sought out Denis Behan, who capitalised on a mistake by Aaron Brown. Up against his former club, Behan raced clear and tucked the ball neatly past Barry Ryan.
But Brown redeemed himself on 27 when he rose highest to head a lovely, weighted O'Leary free-kick into the net. And incredibly, the Shannonsiders were ahead two minutes later from a carbon-copy move as O'Leary's delivery was nodded home by Axel Bossekota.
Cork defender Darren Dennehy was then controversially sent off by referee Paul McLaughlin on 41 minutes after a seemingly innocuous collision with Shaun Kelly.
It made the home side's job a lot more difficult but just 11 minutes into the second half they regained parity thanks to a header from Shane Duggan six yards out.
O'Leary was to have the last say, though, as another set-piece, this time taken by Shane Tracy, caused havoc and the ball broke kindly to the midfielder, who slotted into an empty net after 'keeper Mark McNulty failed to claim the initial ball into the box.
Cork City – McNulty; N Horgan, Dennehy, D Murray, Murphy; G Morrissey, Duggan, Healy, D Horgan (Turner 81); D Morrissey (Furlong 77), Behan (Spillane 42).
Limerick – Ryan; Kelly, Brown, Folan, Williams; Galbraith, O'Leary (Judge 80), Gamble, Tracy, Bossekota (Rainsford 90); Curran.
Ref – P McLaughlin (Donegal).