|05/05/17||19:45||SSE Airtricity League||2017|
Cork City were runaway 5-0 winners against Finn Harps at Turner’s Cross on Friday night. Goals from Stephen Dooley, Gearoid Morrissey, Ryan Delaney and a Sean Maguire double saw the Leesiders stretch their winning streak to 12 in the league and maintain their perfect start .
The home side started quickly, applying pressure to Finn Harps right from the kick-off. Five minutes in, Jimmy Keohane volleyed wide from the edge of the box. City kept the pressure on but failed to fashion any more goal scoring opportunities in the first 20 minutes.
The opening goal came in the 22nd minute. A Morrissey lay-off found Dooley just inside the penalty area and he fired his shot low into the bottom left corner.
The Leesiders almost had a second two minutes later, as Karl Sheppard reached the byline and pulled it back for Morrissey, whose thunderous shot drew a top-class save from Ciaran Gallagher at his near post.
Finn harps did have one decent chance before the break. In the 38th minute Sean Houston found himself some space 20 yards out and Mark McNulty did well to get down and save his low shot.
Keohane had two opportunities to double the lead five minutes after the interval. A Sheppard cross found him in space just outside the 6 yard box, but his half volley flew narrowly over the bar. He went close again 3 minutes later, when Dooley found him in the box with a low pass from the right hand side, but his shot was saved by the leg of Gallagher.
Sheppard looked to have gotten City their second 55 minutes in but the flag was up for offside. Sheppard looked on when he got on the end of Kevin O’Connor’s long ball to head over the onrushing Gallagher, but Maguire was coming back from an offside position.
The second goal finally did arrive just after the hour mark. Maguire was put through with a ball over the top from Delaney, and he kept his head to calmly lob the ball over Gallagher, who was caught in no man’s land.
John Caulfield’s men finished the night in style with three goals in the final 10 minutes. The third goal of the game came when a corner was headed down into the path of Morrissey, who kept a cool head to finish.
The fourth was from a corner too. O’Connor swung it in from the right and and Delaney climbed highest to head home at the near post.
The final goal of the evening came from the penalty spot. Maguire was fouled in the penalty area and he got up to send the keeper the keeper the wrong way.
Referee: Neil Doyle.