Monday 14 October 2019

Sadlier on song for City

Cork City 5 Bray Wanderers 1

Cork City’s Kieran Sadlier scored a hat-trick in their clash with Bray Wanderers. Photo: Sportsfile
Cork City’s Kieran Sadlier scored a hat-trick in their clash with Bray Wanderers. Photo: Sportsfile Sportsdesk

Kieran Sadlier scored a hat-trick as Cork City enjoyed a routine win at home to Bray Wanderers to round off their league campaign.

From the off, City were on the front foot and it was merely a question of when the opening goal would arrive. Sadlier on the left was particularly lively and the chances came at a swift frequency, with Evan Moran having to save from Graham Cummins and Seán McLoughlin.

The lead came in the 20th minute, as Barry McNamee sent over a great cross from the right, allowing Sadlier a free header beyond Moran.

Just before the half-hour, Bray almost conjured an equaliser as Seán Harding's free-kick went through to Conor Kenna but he couldn't get enough on the ball and Mark McNulty saved.

After that let-off, City went 2-0 ahead as Shane Griffin came in from the left, allowing Gearóid Morrissey to fire a shot home, and Sadlier's low effort from long distance extended the lead on 34 minutes.

Cummins went close again with an overhead kick and a header which Moran saved but shortly before half-time a mix-up between the goalkeeper and his defence following a Griffin cross allowed McNamee to nip in and get another goal.

Sadlier had his hat-trick within two minutes of the restart, though Bray's six travelling supporters did have something to cheer when Jake Ellis netted straight after that.

Cummins might have scored a sixth but his header came back off the bar, while sub Jake Kelly went closest to a Bray second but McNulty denied him.

Cork City - McNulty; Beattie (McCarthy 57), Bennett, McLoughlin, Griffin; McCormack, Morrissey (Barry 56); McNamee, Buckley (Murphy h-t), Sadlier; Cummins.

Bray Wanderers - Moran; Walsh, Kenna, Heaney, Lynch; Harding, O'Conor, Sullivan, Noone; Ellis, Pender.

Ref - S Grant (Wexford).

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