O'Sullivan keeps Cork in control
UCD 0 Cork City 1
CORK CITY consolidated their place at the top of the table with a victory at Belfield despite having to play over an hour with 10 men following the dismissal of Darren Dennehy.
In truth, the red card made little or no difference to proceedings as UCD offered precious little by way of an attacking threat. The visitors dominated possession from the off and deservedly went ahead after seven minutes.
Billy Dennehy was quickest to react to Conor O'Donnell's parry from John Kavanagh's shot and Mark O'Sullivan applied the finishing touch.
Dan Murray almost added a second with a fine header that came crashing back off the crossbar before Dennehy was sent off after launching into a silly challenge on Cillian Morrison.
It took UCD 82 minutes to muster their first shot on goal and, when it came, Mark McNulty saved comfortably from Robbie Benson as Cork maintained their unbeaten start to the season.
UCD – O'Donnell; Matthews (Barker 53), Douglas, Kavanagh, Langtry (O'Halloran 85); Creevy, Benson (c), Crowe, Belhout, Mulhall (Scott 87); Morrison.
Cork City – McNulty; Murray, Dunleavy (c), Lenihan; D Dennehy, Morrissey, Murphy (Kearney 62), Kavanagh, B Dennehy, Buckley; O'Sullivan.
REF – P Sutton (Clare)