Sean Maguire gets Cork back to winning ways with rout of Drogheda
CORK CITY 5 DROGHEDA UNITED 0
Any fears that last week’s draw with Galway United might have affected Cork City were firmly put to bed at Turner’s Cross last night.
Ahead inside 11 minutes, John Caulfield’s side led 4-0 after 24 minutes and but for some wastefulness in front of goal they would have had an even healthier half-time lead.
As it was, they were always dominant, taking the game to their visitors from the off, with Jimmy Keohane getting the opener.
Included along with Alan Bennett and Greg Bolger as injured duo Gearoid Morrissey and Steven Beattie and suspended Conor McCormack missed out, Keohane finished well from Stephen Dooley’s pass.
Sean Maguire doubled the lead with his 12th league goal of the season and 14th in all competitions, a lovely flick from John Dunleavy’s cross.
Within five minutes of that, Karl Sheppard had bagged a brace. The first capped a driving run from Dunleavy’s pass, and the second was a perfectly executed chip from the right after Maguire found him.
Maguire and Keohane both had chances before half-time and, in front of 3,844, the chances continued to come after the restart.
Within two minutes of the second half, Maguire was played in by a lovely Keohane through-ball but Stephen McGuinness was quick off his line to deny the striker, who then headed wide from close range from Dooley’s cross.
Just after the hour mark, Maguire did get his second and City’s fifth, a low drive from 15 yards after a nice exchange of passes with Dooley.
Keohane was denied by McGuinness with a long-range drive, while Maguire shot over with a hat-trick chance and sub Shane Griffin was also off-target.
Drogheda sub Sean Thornton had the only thing which might be described as a chance for the visitors, but his curling effort was just wide.
An injury to Buckley with all three subs used meant that City had to finish the game with ten men, but it mattered little as their serene progress wasn’t interrupted.
Cork City – McNulty; Dunleavy, Bennett (Griffin 54), Delaney, O’Connor; Bolger, Keohane; Sheppard (Ellis 62), Buckley, Dooley (Campion 66); Maguire.
Drogheda United – McGuinness; Elworthy (Dunne half-time), Gallagher, McGuigan, Kane; K Brennan, Purdy (Thornton 42); Wixted, Hyland (S Brennan 74), G Brennan; Griffin.
Ref – S Grant (Wexford).