Cork City’s winning run came to an end at Eamonn Deacy Park, as Galway United forced a draw with the league leaders.
Galway, who have been in good form in home turf in recent weeks, started the game well and put City on the back foot from the off, forcing a succession of corners. City’s first sight of the home goal came on ten minutes, as Kevin O’Connor saw his free kick tipped over the bar by the goalkeeper.
As the half wore on, City began to get more of a foothold in the game, but Galway created two fine chances midway through the half; first, Cunningham headed wide after a fine cross from the left, before Gavan Holohan warmed McNulty’s gloves with an effort from distance just before the half hour.
City were dealt a blow just before half time, when Gearóid Morrissey was forced off through injury. Despite that, they still managed to test the goalkeeper, as Steven Beattie let fly from distance, only to see his effort beaten away and the sides went in level at the break.
City started the second half brightly, and they took the lead on 59 minutes through Conor McCormack. The midfielder advanced into space and his powerful effort from just outside the box found the back of the net, albeit with the aid of a deflection.
Unfortunately for City, the lead last only a matter of moments, as they were immediately pegged back by Galway. Horgan floated a free kick into the box and former City defender Stephen Folan was on hand to guide a header to the net.
Despite conceding, City pushed forward in search of the lead once again, but there was a lengthy delay after a clash between Sean Maguire and Galway keeper Winn. City came within inches of re-taking the lead twice in quick succession when Gary Shanahan headed a cross out off his own crossbar and, then, the subsequent corner landed in the six yard box however, after a scramble involving several players, Galway got it away.
City created another chance with just under ten minutes on the clock, when Jimmy Keohane struck a volley but his shot, which looked destined for the net, was deflected wide for a corner. Keohane would get another bite of the cherry with 3 minutes to go, but he struck narrowly over the bar. Despite 5 minutes of injury time, neither side was able to force a winner and the spoils were shared.
Referee: Robert Harvey.
|12/05/2017||SSE Airtricity League||2017||13|
|Eamonn Deacy Park|
|223 Dun Na Coiribe, Galway, H91 EV1Y, Ireland|