By Henry O’Donovan
Cork City cruised to victory over Bray Wanderers tonight after a 4-0 win at Turner’s Cross.
First half goals from Jimmy Keohane and Sean McLoughlin put the Leesiders in a comfortable position at half time. There was no let-up there, as Graham Cummins and Garry Buckley added further goals to seal the win.
John Caulfield’s men got off to a quick start, getting the first goal in the 4th minute. Barry McNamee latched on to a loose ball before cutting the Bray defence in half with a superb through ball that found Jimmy Keohane, who slotted home with a first time finish.
City continued to push following the goal. In the 11th minute the ball arrived at McNamee’s feet, but Moran got down well to save his left footed shot.
McNamee had another go on the quarter hour mark, shooting from 25 yards, but the shot went over the crossbar. He had another go in the 22nd minute, but this shot landed on the roof of the stand behind the goal.
The Leesiders came within a whisker of doubling their lead just shy of the half hour mark. A Kieran Sadlier corner found the head of Sean McLoughlin who couldn’t make enough contact with the header to get it on target.
Bray went close in the 38th minute as Sean Heaney got his head to a cross, which went narrowly wide.
City added their second a minute before half time. Bray failed to clear from a corner and the ball fell out of the sky in front of McLoughlin, who showed superb technique with a left footed volley from six yards out to give City their second.
The Leesiders came out from the break looking for a third and they came close in the 49th minute. A mix up at the back saw Sadlier get past Moran, with the ball bouncing his left footed half volley went over the bar.
City got their third in the 64th minute. Sadlier put in a cross from the left that Moran palmed onto the crossbar, only for the ball to fall to the feet of Cummins who tapped home from less than a yard out.
John Caulfield’s men added a forth in the 76th minute. Excellent wing play down the right from substitute Karl Sheppard saw him dribble past two men, before chipping the ball to the back post for Garry Buckley to head home.
City were happy to sit back on this lead for the remaining time, but always looked threatening.
A good win for the Leesiders where they played good football, the win sees them two points behind Dundalk at the top of the table with a game in hand.
Referee: Damien MacGraith