Cork City are still searching for their first league win of the season following a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Dalymount Park. A goal from Bohemians forward Dinny Corcoran just before the break was enough to settle the game, the Dublin side picking up their first three-point haul of the year in the process.
John Dunleavy and Tadhg Purcell passed late fitness tests to line out against Aaron Callaghan’s men and the striker looked lively up front early on, alongside Davin O’Neill.
Dave Scully and Keith Ward both had half chances for the hosts though, before O’Neill fluffed a glorious chance to put City ahead on 34 minutes – clear through one-on-one after a superb ball from Gearoid Morrissey, the number nine made poor contact with the ball and could only watch in horror as his effort was gathered with ease.
A warning sign of what was to come came moments later when Corcoran found the back of the net for the men in black and red, only for the goal to be ruled because of a push on Dunleavy during the build-up play.
Despite City coming more into the contest as the minutes ticked towards the interval, the breakthrough went Bohs’ went in added time at the end of the first half. A ball forward from Owen Heary found its way to Corcoran, who skipped away from the attention of the City defence and fired the ball beyond Mark McNulty’s reach.
Bohs continued to have the best of the play early in the second half with chances falling to Ward and Dave Mulcahy. Corcoran might have doubled his tally when he flashed an effort over the bar just after the hour mark and it was only when the clock went past 70 minutes that City – through a Danny Murphy cross and Daryl Horgan header – mustered their first opportunity since the break.
Shane Duggan drew gasps from around the ground when he blazed an effort wide on 84 minutes – substitute Vinny Sullivan involved in the build up – but despite the fact the hosts were reduced to ten men a minute later when Scully was shown a straight red for a late tackle on Dunleavy, the visitors only had an effort from Dan Murray to show for their efforts in the final minutes.
Cork City: McNulty, Dunleavy, Murray, Spillane, D Murphy, Morrissey, Healy, Duggan, Horgan, O’Neill, Purcell.
Subs: Turner, Sullivan, O’Connor, J Murphy, Lordan, Kavanagh, Burns.
Bohemians: McNulty, Pender, Mulcahy, McMillan, Heary, Ward, Martin, L Byrne, Scully, Moore, Corcoran.
Subs: Traynor, Sexton, Mulligan, Joyce, Harney, D Byrne, Buckley