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Dundalk vs Cork City

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Cork City recorded their 16th win of the season tonight after a 3-0 victory over Dundalk. A Sean Maguire hat-trick gave CCFC all three points at Oriel Park. The win sees the Leesiders enter the mid-season break undefeated in the league and 18 points ahead of their nearest rivals.

John Caulfield made one change from the side that defeated Shamrock Rovers a week prior. Alan Bennett returned to the starting eleven, replacing Greg Bolger. As a result, John Dunleavy moved to right back and Jimmy Keohane to midfield.

Maguire was the first to threaten in the opening minute of the game. He got on the end of Karl Sheppard’s low cross from the right but could only find the side netting. Nineteen minutes in, the Kilkenny native found the net from an almost-identical move. Stephen Dooley slipped the ball out wide to Sheppard and he found Maguire who cooly finished past Gary Rogers.

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Ryan Delaney has had a habit of finding the net himself this season, and minutes later his header was cleared off the line. Maguire found himself in space on the half hour mark following Keohane’s cross from the left but he flashed his shot wide. City went into the break a goal up, also having the majority of possession and chances in the opening forty five minutes.

The away side continued to pile on the pressure after the restart. Maguire again found himself in a good position to shoot but Rogers pushed his effort to safety. Dundalk did have a brief spell of dominance, first Niclas Vemmelund forcing a decent save from Mark McNulty and Jamie McGrath blasted over when he found himself in space in the box. Robbie Benson was next to try and source an equaliser for Dundalk but again McNulty was on hand to deny the Lilywhites a reprieve.

The home crowd were buoyant following Dundalk’s string of chances, but there were silenced on the 70-minute mark. City had a throw-in deep in Dundalk’s half and Dunleavy cleverly threw it off Sheppard’s back with the ball bouncing back into his path. His left-footed cross was met by Maguire, and the man on fire nodded it home to send the away fans into raptures.

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The league’s top scorer was eager to add to his tally and secured his 16th goal of the season in the dying stages of the game. Dane Massey’s casual pass back to Rogers was intercepted by Maguire and he made no mistake with a simple finish past a helpless Gary Rogers.

City’s next league game is against Limerick on June 16th as the Rebel Army will look to continue their excellent start to the 2017 season.

Referee: Paul McLaughlin.

Attendance: 3,643.


1Gary Rogers Goalkeeper
2Sean Gannon Defender 61'
4Paddy Barrett Defender 44'
5Chris Shields 6 Defender
7Michael Duffy 16 Forward
9David McMillan Forward
10Jamie McGrath 26 Forward
11Patrick McEleney Midfielder
14Dane Massey Defender
18Robbie Benson Midfielder
19Niclas Vemmelund Defender
22Gabriel Sava Goalkeeper
3Brian Gartland Defender
6Stephen O’Donnell 5 Midfielder
21Conor Clifford Midfielder
15Sean Hoare Defender
16Ciaran Kilduff 7 Forward
26Thomas Stewart 10 Defender

Cork City

1Mark McNulty Goalkeeper
3Alan Bennett Defender
4John Dunleavy Defender 70'
5Ryan Delaney Defender 46'
7Jimmy Keohane Midfielder
8Conor McCormack Midfielder
11Stephen Dooley 20 Midfielder
14Kevin O’Connor Defender
16Gearóid Morrissey 6 Midfielder
19Karl Sheppard 10 Midfielder 19'
24Seán Maguire Forward 19', 70', 94'
6Greg Bolger 16 Midfielder
9Achille Campion Forward
10Steven Beattie 19 Midfielder
17Connor Ellis Forward
20Shane Griffin 11 Defender
25Alan Smith Goalkeeper
26Garry Buckley Midfielder
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Date Competition Season Match Day
02/06/2017 SSE Airtricity League 2017 17


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Cork City123Win


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