Unlucky 13 for leaders Cork as Galway halt winning run
Galway United 1 Cork City 1
It was a case of unlucky 13 for Cork City as their perfect start to the season was brought to a halt by a fired-up Galway United side.
John Caulfield’s men could have few complaints at Eamonn Deacy Park as their 12-match winning start was terminated.
It was no more than Galway deserved after taking the game to the runaway leaders. Indeed, Shane Keegan’s men would not have been flattered with a shock win as they extended their unbeaten run to six league games.
It was remarkable that the game was scoreless at the break after an entertaining opening half where both sides had ample opportunities to break the deadlock.
Galway forcing three corners in the opening four minutes. But the Cork defence, where Conor McCormack was rock-solid, held firm.
Galway have found scoring difficult all season, with just ten goals prior to this, and a couple of early efforts from Kevin Devaney were easily dealt with.
The Cork attack also lacked penetration despite a few neat touches from Sean Maguire, and home goalkeeper Conor Winn was rarely called into action.
However, that all changed on 59 minutes as Cork hit the front when McCormack’s low shot found the net via a deflection from Stephen Folan.
But the lead lasted less than a minute. Galway were awarded a free and Colm Horgan’s delivery was sent to the top right corner with a looping header from Folan.
The tempo of the game didn’t relent but there was almost a disaster for Galway after 74 minutes when Gary Shanahan almost headed into his own goal, hitting the woodwork.
Galway United – Winn; Shanahan, Grace, Folan, Horgan; Murray, Holohan, Byrne, Devaney (Devers 93), Ludden; Cunningham.
Cork City – McNulty; Beattie (Bennett 67), Dunleavy, Delaney, O’Connor; Morrissey (Keohane 43), McCormack; Sheppard, Buckley, Dooley; Maguire.
Ref – R Harvey (Dublin)