Cork City extended their winning streak to six-in-a-row after a hard fought 2-1 win away to Derry City. Despite being reduced to ten-men late on, the Leesiders maintained their 18-point gap at the top of the SSE Airtricity League table.
Derry took the lead after Barry McNamee opened the scoring after 15 minutes. Karl Sheppard equalised for Cork City on the half hour mark and Gearóid Morrissey’s strike from 25 yards completed the turnaround.
Jimmy Keohane was shown a red card on the 65th minute for a second yellow card, but the ten men hung on to secure another three points. Rory Patterson fed the ball through to Barry McNamee and he made no mistake to put the Candystripes ahead. It would be only the third time City trailed in a league game, but it was short-lived.
Seán Maguire, with 18 league goals, has often been provider for his team-mates and tonight was no exception. After a mix-up at the back, Maguire took possession and picked out Karl Sheppard who’s first time effort flew past a helpless Doherty. Maguire’s eighth league assist, and Sheppard’s ninth goal.
Gearóid Morrisey’s goal against Shamrock Rovers in May will be long remembered by the Turner’s Cross faithful – but a similar strike tonight will rival that. Dooley laid the ball of the Morrissey who made space for a shot from 25 yards and it flew past Doherty to give the away side the lead.
Dooley came close again before the break but an exciting 45 minutes of football ended with Cork City maintaining a goal advantage.
After the restart, neither side any real effort at goal until the hour mark when Harry Monaghan strike was off target after sustained pressure from Derry. Disaster struck for City after 65 minutes. Jimmy Keohane picked up two yellow cards in quick succession and his side were forced to finish the game with ten men. Caulfield introduced Shane Griffin for Greg Bolger to restore City’s back four.
Derry piled on the pressure for the last 20 minutes in search of an equaliser. A resilient Cork City showed why they have the best defensive record in the league and denied the home side any real clear cut chances. Sheppard came close from a counter attack late on but Derry smothered his opportunity.
Next up for Cork City is a trip to Estonia to face Levadia Tallinn in the Europa League, meaning the Rebel Army’s exploits in the league will take a break until July 9th against St. Patrick’s Athletic.
Referee: Paul McLaughlin.
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