Cork City FC came from a goal down to beat Bohemians 2-1 and record their first win of the new Airtricity League season at Turner’s Cross on Friday night.
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After dominating much of the first half and creating the better chances, the hosts conceded a goal to Owen Heary shortly before the interval. However, a renewed effort in the second half saw goals from Danny Furlong and Daryl Horgan secure all three points for the Leesiders.
Tommy Dunne made one change from the opening league game against Limerick – Furlong coming into the starting XI to create a 4-4-2 line up with Ian Turner unfortunate to lose out and drop to the bench.
Horgan, in particular, caused problems early on for the visitors’ defence and it was his drive on 13 minutes that forced Dean Delany just minutes after the Bohs’ keeper had saved a snap shot from the boot of Daryl Kavanagh.
The former Sligo Rovers man threatened again with just over 20 minutes on the clock – only to have his shot blocked by Heary – before Kavanagh tried an audacious chip over Delany’s head with the contest ticking on towards half time.
Bohs’ primary dangerman was Chris Lyons but apart from giving Mark McNulty the odd moment’s worry, Heary’s goal – headed in from a Ryan McEvoy corner on 42 minutes – was very much against the run of play, albeit a well-taken set piece.
Horgan might have had City back on terms almost immediately after the opening goal – his volley forcing another decent save from Delany – but the winger would still prove an instrumental cog in City’s machine after the break.
Attacking into the Curragh Road end of the ground, Dunne’s side took just six minutes of the second half to level matters – Kavanagh and Furlong combining to allow the latter direct a lovely pass beyond the reach of Delany.
Furlong set up Daryl Horgan for what might have been City’s second moment later, only for the winger’s effort to drift just wide, and decent chances for Gearoid Morrissey and Dan Murray followed as City began to make their building momentum count.
The winning goal eventually arrived on 59 minutes when more great play from Kavanagh set Daryl Horgan free inside the area and the midfielder – who had played a key role all evening – duly dispatched the ball through Delany’s legs and into the Shed End goal.
McNulty made a superb save from a McEvoy free-kick with seven minutes remaining on the clock, while Furlong might grabbed a second in the final moments when he crashed another effort off the Bohemians’ crossbar.
Next up: A trip to Bray Wanderers on Tuesday evening.
Cork City: McNulty; N Horgan, K Murray, D Murray, D Murphy; G Morrissey, Healy, Duggan, D Horgan, Furlong, Kavanagh.
Substitutes: Rundle, D Morrissey, Dunleavy, Dennehy, Burns, Behan, Turner.
Bohemians: Delany; Lopes, Heary, Byrne, Pender; Moore, McEvoy, Devaney, Buckley, Traynor; Lyons.
Substitutes: Hanaphy, Barker, G Murray, S Murray, Nangle, Reynor, Scully.