Anthony Elding scored twice as Cork City claimed a 3-1 win away to Bandon.
(Photo: Anthony Elding strikes to score his second)
The former Sligo Rovers striker found the net in each half, and could well have added to his tally, as City continued their good pre-season form. City started the game brightly, and with just five minutes on the clock, Turner crossed from the right. O’Leary headed the cross back into the danger zone, and when Mulcahy mishit his effort, Elding was on hand to finish left-footed past the keeper.
Continued City pressure almost saw John Caulfield’s side double their advantage on 22 minutes, as another Turner corner caused problems in the home defence, but the ball was cleared off the line and scrambled away. Bandon threatened the City goal on the half hour, as a cross into the box put Matt Gledhill under pressure, and when the keeper failed to hold, Andy O’Connell had to be alert to clear off the line. City were enjoying plenty of possession, particularly in midfield, where Liam Kearney was constantly on the move and demanding the ball from his teammates. City did claim a second five minutes before half time, as substitute Jason Forde crossed and ex-City youth player Brendan Cullen sliced the ball into his own net to leave the home side two nil down going into the break.
City almost extended their two goal lead immediately after the break when Ian Turner seized on a weak defensive header to fire a volley on goal, but it was well held by the goalkeeper. Bandon were quick to make City pay, as they pulled a goal back four minutes into the second half. Another former City youth player was on the mark, as Alan Sheehan did well to make space for himself and fire an unstoppable shot into the top corner. The home side had offered little in the way of a goal threat up to that point, but Sheehan’s strike was well worth the wait!
Having already got his name on the scoresheet in the first half, Anthony Elding once again began to pose problems for the home defence. The English striker had a couple of good chances in quick succession immediately after the Bandon goal, and when his third chance in five minutes presented itself, he made no mistake, firing another left-footed strike past the keeper to restore City’s two goal lead. Bandon threatened to cut the deficit again just moments later, as Sheehan attempted an audacious effort from the halfway line which was not all that far away. Elding could, and perhaps should, have had a hat-trick, as he got himself into some excellent positions, but was unable to find a telling finish. City created a number of opportunities, and forced a succession of corners, late on, but were unable to add to their advantage.
City: Gledhill (O’Brien 56), Horgan, Dunleavy (Lenihan 56), O’Connell, Danny Murphy (Coleman 69), Kearney, Healy, O’Leary (B. Dennehy 45), Mulcahy (Forde 32), Elding, Turner.