CCFC 0-1 Sligo – Cork City Football Club
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CCFC 0-1 Sligo

Photo: Doug Minihane

By Henry O’Donovan

Cork City were 1-0 losers to Sligo Rovers at Turner’s Cross on Friday night. A goal from Rhys MaCabe 5 minutes into the second half was enough to secure victory for the visitors and stall City’s march to the league title.

City started well, having the majority of possession in the opening 10 minutes. The first shot came in the 8th minute as Kieran Sadlier cut inside from the left and shot from distance, but his effort found the side netting.

Sligo had the next attempt on goal on the quarter hour mark, as Raffaele Cretaro had a shot from 25 yards go narrowly wide of thee left upright.

Sadlier had an effort similar to his first in the 17th minute, dribbling in from the left, but this time he pulled the shot wide of the goal.

Sligo went close in the 22nd minute, as Vinny Faherty reached a cross from the right with a diving header, but Mark McNulty was behind it all the way and collected it easily.

Gearóid Morrissey had two efforts in three minutes. The first, in the 26th minute, came from a driving run through the middle of the park, but he was off balance when he finally took the shot and it went harmlessly wide. The second attempt came in the 29th minute, as he latched onto a loose ball at the edge of the penalty area, but his half volley flew over the crossbar.

The best chance of the half came for the Leesiders in the 38th minute. Good interplay between Greg Bolger and Jimmy Keohane saw the latter slip a through ball to Karl Sheppard down the right. Driving in from the right, Sheppard reached the 6 yard box, before shooting narrowly wide across the face of goal.

John Caulfield’s men started quickly after the interval. In the 47th minute Garry Buckley picked up the ball within shooting distance of the Sligo goal, and his curling right footed shot hitt the foot of the visitors’ post.

The decisive moment of the game came two minutes later. McCabe found a yard of space on the left wing and his attempted cross looped over McNulty and into the City net.

City pushed hard for an equaliser but the Sligo defence held strong. In the 71st minute Keohane had a speculative volley from 35 yards out, but it was well over the crossbar.

Keohane came within inches of the equaliser in the 83rd minute. A Shane Griffin cross from the left found Keohane’s head, but his header crashed off the crossbar.

City continued to push for the equaliser, but it wasn’t to come. The Sligo defensive wall held, despite Craig Roddan being sent off for a second yellow card in the 4th minute of additional time.

Referee: Ray Matthews.

Attendance: 3,617.

Cork City

1Mark McNulty Goalkeeper
3Alan Bennett Defender
5Ryan Delaney Defender
6Greg Bolger 17 Midfielder
7Jimmy Keohane Midfielder
8Conor McCormack 10 Midfielder
15Kieran Sadlier Midfielder
16Gearóid Morrissey Midfielder
19Karl Sheppard Forward 59'
20Shane Griffin Defender
26Garry Buckley Midfielder
9Achille Campion Forward
10Steven Beattie 8 Midfielder
17Connor Ellis 6 Forward
21Conor McCarthy Defender
22Robbie Williams Defender
25Alan Smith Goalkeeper
27Pierce Phillips Midfielder
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Sligo Rovers

1Michael Schlingermann Goalkeeper
2Tobi Adebayo-Rowling Defender 59'
3Regan Donelon Defender
5Kyle McFadden Defender
8Craig Roddan Midfielder 95'
10Raffaele Cretaro 14 Forward 49'
78'
12Chris Kenny Midfielder
6Seamus Sharkey Defender 32'
15Rhys McCabe Midfielder 49'
80'
10Vinny Faherty 31 Forward
27Jamie McDonagh 11 Midfielder
4Michael Leahy Defender
14Gary Boylan 10 Midfielder
16Shaun Patton Goalkeeper
18John Russell Midfielder
11Greg Moorehouse 27 Forward
17Omar Haughton Midfielder
31Benny Igiehon 10 Forward
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