Limerick – Cork City
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Cork City and Limerick shared the spoils at the Markets Field tonight after a 1-1 draw.
John Caulfield went with the same starting eleven that defeated Shamrock Rovers last Monday.
The home side had the better of the opening stages of the game, with City uncharacteristically below par, and they took the lead on 17 minutes when Billy Dennehy pounced on a loose ball and ran half the length of the pitch to fire past McNulty.
City began to get into the game as the half wore on and, after a decent spell of pressure, they levelled affairs on 33 minutes. McNamee swung in a corner from the right and, when Cummins was pulled back by Darren Dennehy, a penalty was awarded. Kieran Sadlier stepped up to take the spot kick and he made no mistake from 12 yards.
Five minutes before half time, Sheppard had a good chance to put City ahead; McCarthy crossed but he headed narrowly over. Cummins came even closer just before the interval as he headed just past the far post.
Into the second half, Limerick seemed happy to let City have possession but they looked a real threat on the counter. On the hour mark, McNulty had to be on his toes to tip Kelly’s effort over the bar.
City were enjoying the lions share of the ball, but a solid Limerick defence was holding firm. City were given one final sight of goal in the final moments, when Sadlier drew a very good save from Clarke with a free kick from the edge of the box, but overall a draw seemed a fair result on the balance of play.