Monday 10 December 2018

Sadlier on song as Cork dig deep to thwart Saints

St Patrick's Athletic 1 Cork City 3

Ryan Brennan of St Patrick's Athletic in action against Conor McCormack of Cork City. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Ryan Brennan of St Patrick's Athletic in action against Conor McCormack of Cork City. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Aidan Fitzmaurice

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.

Colm Horgan of Cork City in action against James Doona of St Patrick's Athletic. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Colm Horgan of Cork City in action against James Doona of St Patrick's Athletic. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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.

Colm Horgan of Cork City in action against James Doona of St Patrick's Athletic. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Colm Horgan of Cork City in action against James Doona of St Patrick's Athletic. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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.

 

 

Graham Cummins of Cork City in action against James Doona of St Patrick's Athletic. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Graham Cummins of Cork City in action against James Doona of St Patrick's Athletic. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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)

 

Garry Buckley of Cork City in action against Lee Desmond of St Patrick's Athletic. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Garry Buckley of Cork City in action against Lee Desmond of St Patrick's Athletic. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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