Cork City suffered their first domestic defeat of the 2017 season tonight after a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Bohemians. A penalty converted by George Poynton gave the Dublin side the lead after the hour mark and they held on to secure all three points.
City boss John Caulfield made four changes to the side that started last Friday with Conor McCarthy, Greg Bolger, Achille Campion and Jimmy Keohane started in place of Kieran Sadlier, Gearóid Morrissey, Conor McCormack and Alan Bennett.
The open stage of the game was quite open with City having the first chance of the game when the ball fell to Keohane unexpectedly in the box and he couldn’t make room for a shot allowing Bohs to clear. Karl Sheppard tested Shane Supple from range, while Achille Campion directed his shot just wide after good work from Stephen Dooley and Shane Griffin.
Before half time, Bohemians scuppered two glorious chances of their own to take the lead. First, Ciaran O’Connor dispossessed Conor McCarthy on the edge of the box but Mark McNulty was quick off his line and was able to deny O’Connor. Ismahil Akinade had a similar opportunity, again taking advantage of some confusion amongst the City defence to make space for a shot but again his finish was lacking and McNulty saved.
Robbie Williams was handed his Cork City debut after replacing Ryan Delaney at half time, the Wexford native forced off with an injury. After the break Campion found himself in space in the box but his header was off-target. Buckley had a similar chance moments later, before a Bohs counter-attack resulted in the only goal of the game. Akinade touch took him away from goal but McCarthy’s tackle was late and he took down the Bohs striker, forcing referee Robert Rogers to point to the spot. Poynton stepped up and cooly finished to the delight of the travelling Bohemians supporters
Caulfield brought on Sadlier and Connor Ellis in an effort to thwart Bohs’ defence, but City rarely threatened with any real intent. Steven Beattie’s long range effort after 70 minutes flew narrowly wide of the post, while Campion and Sadlier had headed efforts which didn’t trouble Supple.
With six minutes of added time, City failed to find the breakthrough. Bohemians are the first team to defeat Cork City in domestic competition this season. Next up for the Leesiders is a trip to Louth on Friday to face Drogheda United.
Referee: Robert Rogers.