Cork City picked up their first point of the new Airtricity League Premier Division season on Sunday evening, when they shared the spoils in a 0-0 draw with Limerick FC at Thomond Park – a game that was broadcast live on RTÉ Television.
Manager Tommy Dunne made two changes to the side that secured a semi-final spot in the club’s last competitive game against Crusaders in the Setanta Cup – Dan Murray and Colin Healy both returning to his starting XI.
The early exchanges yielded little in terms of clear cut chances until Daryl Horgan broke inside from the left-hand side and tested Barry Ryan with a decent effort with just over 20 minute on the clock.
Craig Curran and Brian O’Callaghan, the latter with a decent header for the team in blue, threatened in reply but it was the two Daryls – Kavanagh and Horgan – that were causing the most problems in the final third of the pitch.
Limerick’s Danny Galbraith looked in form throughout the contest for the home side and set up Curran just after play resumed in the second half. However, the Limerick front man could only direct his header wide of Mark McNulty’s goal.
Dunne introduced Denis Behan and Danny Morrissey to the action just after the hour mark and though the City number 10 added a more physical presence for the visitors up front initially, it would be David O’Leary and Galbraith that would combine once again to cause further problems at the back for City on 65 minutes – O’Leary’s header looping just over the crossbar with McNulty beaten.
Shane Duggan planted a shot straight into Ryan’s hands with ten minutes remaining before his opposite number gathered another effort from Curran minutes later. All in all, a fair result in what were difficult conditions at Thomond Park.
Next up: the club’s opening League game of the season at Turner’s Cross, which will see Bohemians in town on Friday night (KO 7.45pm)
Cork City: McNulty, N Horgan, K Murray, D Murray, D Murphy; Turner, G Morrissey, Healy, Duggan, D Horgan; Kavanagh.
Substitues: Burns, Dennehy, Behan, Rundle, Furlong, D Morrissey, Buckley.
Photo: Peadar O’Sullivan