City bagged all three points at Tallaght Stadium on Friday evening with a 2-1 win over Shamrock Rovers. Seán Maguire scored twice for the Leesiders, with a penalty in the dying stages of the game giving City the win.
City had the better of the opening exchanges, but their only sight of goal was a half chance for Beattie which saw the winger volley wide after a free kick was punched out to him.
On seven minutes though, they took the lead; Maguire appeared to be pulled back by a defender as he looked to latch onto a ball into the box but, after a handling error by the goalkeeper, the in-form striker was on his toes and he finished to an empty net.
The home side responded well to going behind but without really stretching the City defence. Kevin O’Connor was next to threaten for John Caulfield’s men when his free kick on 21 minutes was punched over the bar.
Just as it looked as though City would take their lead into the interval, they were pegged back. Conor McCormack was deemed to have handled a cross to the back post and Burke slotted home the resultant penalty to leave the sides level at the break.
The opening stages of the second half saw both sides claim a number of corners but it was the home side who were in the ascendancy as the half wore on.
While Rovers had the bulk of the possession, City were resolute defensively and it was not until the 81st minute when the Hoops gave them real cause for concern, as a clever free kick move resulted in Burke rattling the crossbar with a shot from just inside the box.
Rovers were looking the more threatening but it was City who claimed the points with a late winner two minutes from the end. A ball forward was flicked on by substitute Connor Ellis and controlled by Maguire who was then taken down by a clumsy challenge by Webster. Up stepped Maguire and he made no mistake to claim the three points for his side, making it 5 wins from 5 ahead of next week’s tie against Dundalk at Turner’s Cross.
Referee: Jim McKell
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