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Sligo Rovers vs Cork City

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Cork City turned around a 1-0 deficit to leave Sligo with all three points. The Leesiders have opened up a 16-point gap at the top of the table.

John Caulfield’s plans were disrupted shortly before kick-off. Conor McCormack returned to the starting eleven in place of Karl Sheppard who had been struggling with a recurring knee injury in recent weeks. Garry Buckley then had to withdraw from the squad after an injury picked up in the warm up. Sheppard took his place, while Steven Beattie then appeared on the substitutes list.

After a bright start, City found themselves a goal behind after 22 minutes. Alan Bennett was penalised for fouling Liam Martin in the box and he picked up a yellow card in the process. Kieran Sadlier made no mistake and scored his second of the season against City from the spot.

City did have the ball in the net just before the break, but it was ruled out for a foul. Mark McNulty pulled off two great saves to keep Sligo’s lead to just one goal.

The away side dominated the remainder of the game after the restart. After a barrage of attacks, Kyle Callan-McFadden brought down Sheppard in the box to give City a penalty of their own. Uncharacteristically, Sean Maguire sent his spot kick wide as he was unable to add to his 13-goal tally.

The City boss introduced Achille Campion just after the hour mark – and it wasn’t long before City reaped the rewards. Johnny Dunleavy whipped the ball in from the right and Campion was on hand to tap the ball home from 6 yards. His first of the season, Achille’s goal set the tone for what would be a dramatic closing 20 minutes.

The pressure mounted on Sligo with City pushing for that all-important goal and the elusive three points. Kevin O’Connor has shown his prowess from free kicks this season, but he surprised everyone with his spectacular winner. O’Connor whipped a corner kick in from the left and the ball eluded everyone, including goalkeeper Mícheál Schlingermann, and it ended up in the back of the net.

City were comfortable in the closing stages with a third goal looking likely but Caulfield and team will be satisfied with the three points.

Next up for the Rebel Army is the visit of Shamrock Rovers to Turner’s Cross this Friday, May 26th. Kick off is at 7.45pm. You won’t want to miss this.

Referee: Robert Hennessy.

Attendance: 1,583.

Sligo Rovers

1Michael Schlingermann Goalkeeper
3Regan Donelon Defender
4Michael Leahy Defender
5Kyle McFadden Defender 87'
8Craig Roddan Midfielder 73'
10Raffaele Cretaro 28 Forward
11Kieran Sadlier Midfielder 22'
12Chris Kenny Midfielder 89'
14Gary Boylan Midfielder
27Liam Martin Midfielder
19Jonah Ayunga 24 Forward
16Shaun Patton Goalkeeper
22John Mahon Defender
24Mikey Place 19 Midfielder
30Jack Keaney Midfielder
31Mark Hannon
28Martin Walsh 10 Midfielder
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Cork City

1Mark McNulty Goalkeeper
3Alan Bennett Defender 21'
4John Dunleavy Defender 64'
5Ryan Delaney Defender
6Greg Bolger Midfielder
7Jimmy Keohane Midfielder
8Conor McCormack 9 Midfielder
11Stephen Dooley Midfielder
14Kevin O’Connor Defender 81'
19Karl Sheppard 20 Midfielder
24Seán Maguire Forward 20'
25Alan Smith Goalkeeper
2John Kavanagh Defender
9Achille Campion 8 Forward 64'
10Steven Beattie Midfielder
16Gearóid Morrissey Midfielder
17Connor Ellis Forward
20Shane Griffin 19 Defender
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Date Competition Season Match Day
22/05/2017 SSE Airtricity League 2017 15


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Sligo Rovers101Loss
Cork City022Win


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