Shamrock Rovers 3-1 CCFC – Cork City Football Club
Cork City Football Club

Shamrock Rovers 3-1 CCFC

Photo: POSe Photo

Cork City suffered defeat at Tallaght Stadium, as a poor opening half hour gave them a mountain to climb against Shamrock Rovers.

After a frenetic opening ten minutes, Rovers hit the front on 13, as Ronan Finn took aim from distance and his effort took a deflection to wrong foot McNulty on the way to the net.

The goal seemed to rock the away side and they went two behind on 20 minutes as Brandon Miele fired a cracking shot to the back of the net from outside the box.

Rovers were the dominant force and City were struggling to get a foothold in the game, but they did begin to claw their way into the contest in the closing stages of the half.

With his side two down at the interval, John Caulfield brought on Ellis and Williams for Bennett and McCormack in a bid to get back into the tie. From the restart, City were much improved and set about reducing the deficit.

Their attacking intent paid off with twenty minutes to go, as Gearóid Morrissey halved the deficit with a smart finish. As the clock ticked towards 90 minutes, City’s intent to level saw Rovers pose an ever greater threat on the counter and they sealed the game with minutes remaining as O’Connor made it 3-1 to Rovers.

Referee: Paul McLaughlin.

Attendance: 3,452.

Shamrock Rovers

1Tomer Chencinski Goalkeeper 78'
6Roberto Lopes Defender
7Ryan Connolly Midfielder
8Ronan Finn Midfielder 13'
10Brandon Miele Midfielder 20'
14Gary Shaw 9 Forward
16David McAllister Midfielder
17Simon Madden Defender
20Trevor Clarke Midfielder
21Aaron Bolger 29 Midfielder
5Lee Grace Defender
2Dean Carpenter Defender
9Michael O’Connor 14 Forward 85'
29Sam Bone 21 Defender
22James Doona Midfielder
25Kevin Horgan Goalkeeper
26Darren Clarke Midfielder
27Cameron King Midfielder
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Cork City

1Mark McNulty Goalkeeper
3Alan Bennett 22 Defender
5Ryan Delaney Defender 59'
7Jimmy Keohane Midfielder
8Conor McCormack 17 Midfielder 31'
10Steven Beattie 9 Midfielder
15Kieran Sadlier Midfielder
16Gearóid Morrissey Midfielder 70'
19Karl Sheppard Forward
20Shane Griffin Defender
26Garry Buckley Midfielder 70'
6Greg Bolger Midfielder
9Achille Campion 10 Forward
17Connor Ellis 8 Forward
21Conor McCarthy Defender
22Robbie Williams 3 Defender
25Alan Smith Goalkeeper
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