By Denis Hurley for EchoLive.ie
Cork City continue to look for their first win under Neale Fenn as they went down to a freak goal against Bohemians at Dalymount Park on Friday night.
It was the kind of goal that summed up City’s frustrating season in many ways. The second half was barely a minute old when Bohs right-back and captain Derek Pender played a nice one-two with Luke Wade-Slater but looked to have overhit his cross. However, City goalkeeper Tadhg Ryan, in catching the ball, fell just behind the line and the home side were in front. Perhaps fittingly in a grim fashion, it was at the same end as Damien Delaney and Peter Cherrie had combined for a similarly bizarre own goal a year ago.
Overall, Bohs were deserving of the victory as they had the better of the play and created more, reflecting the sides’ current standing in the league table.
City welcomed back Dan Casey and Joel Coustrain into the team since the 4-0 loss to Derry City, with the Jake O’Brien and the injured Gearóid Morrissey missing out. The opening stages were relatively even, Bohs playing some good football without really threatening until the 14th minute, Ryan saved from Ross Tierney after a corner.
After Keith Ward had fired over from distance as he tried to catch Ryan off his line, City had three opportunities of substance as half-time approached. First, Conor McCormack wasn’t far away with a curling effort, then Griffin found Dáire O’Connor in the area and he laid off to Sheppard, whose half-volley whistled over. Then, with six minutes remaining until half-time, former Bohs player Eoghan Stokes tested Gypsies goalkeeper James Talbot.
Unfortunately for City, any momentum taken into the break was lost with the concession of the goal, though they did look to respond strongly in the third quarter. On 55 minutes, a chance was fashioned as Griffin’s cross was met on the volley by Stokes at the edge of the area, flying just wide. At the other end, though, Bohs were playing with confidence, with Danny Grant firing shooting off-target and Wade-Slater denied by Ryan while the winger was almost in but for an important intervention by Griffin.
Joel Coustrain had an effort that flashed over on 65, but though they pressed and introduced Mark O’Sullivan and U19 players Dale Holland and Ben O’Brien-Whitmarsh, City couldn’t create anything of note in the remainder. Bohs did have a couple of late opportunities, with sub Dawson Devoy almost making it 2-0 from a free kick, but they had done enough to rise to third place in the table while City are still not assured of safety.
Referee: Rob Harvey (Dublin).