Sadlier on song as Cork dig deep to thwart Saints
St Patrick's Athletic 1 Cork City 3
Former Ireland U-21 cap Kieran Sadlier has admitted that he needs to do more, a lot more, before he can resume his international career and join close pal Declan Rice in the senior Ireland set-up.
But the wide man underlined his value to Cork yet again last night by contributing two goals, one at the start and the other at the finish, to give Cork City another win against a St Patrick's Athletic side they seem to enjoy facing.
Only 16 seconds had gone when Cork were in front. Referee Neil Doyle saw an infringement when Simon Madden got too close to Graham Cummins in the box, pointed to the spot and Sadlier stepped up to score from the penalty spot.
Pat's kept their heads, stayed in the game and were the better side for long spells before finally deservedly drawing level on 61 minutes.
Cork did not properly deal with a cross from James Doona, and Conan Byrne was left free to stab home the equaliser.
A point would have pushed Pat's into the top four ahead of Derry City and aided their push for Europe.
But Cork are champions for a reason and they found it within themselves to summon up two more goals.
The first of those was a classic, a fine finish from Jimmy Keohane on 71 minutes, a strike good enough to win any game. Then, in added time, as Pat's pressed forward for an equaliser, Sadlier nicked his second with a bizarre shot from very long range with the Pat's net unguarded.
ST PAT'S ATH - Farago; Madden, Toner, Leahy, Bermingham; Desmond; Doona, R Brennan (K Brennan 85); Kelly (Markey 70), C Byrne(Fagan 79); T Byrne.
CORK CITY - McNulty; Horgan, Bennett, McLoughlin, Griffin; Keohane, McCormack, Sheppard (Beattie 79), Buckley (McNamee 38), Sadlier; Cummins (O'Hanlon 71).
REF - Neil Doyle (Dublin)