|27/04/18||19:15||SSE Airtricity League||2018||6,672||RTÉ|
Cork City were 1-0 winners against Dundalk at Turner’s Cross on Friday night. A second half goal from Gearoid Morrissey was enough to give the Leesiders the victory.
The first major incident came in the third minute. The ball broke loose between Danny Kane and Sean Gannon. Kane got there first and nicked the ball past Gannon, as the latter flew into a sliding tackle that saw both men end up in a heap on the ground. Kane was up quickly, but Gannon stayed down and received treatment. Gannon seemed out of sorts for the remainder of the half before ultimately being substituted at half time.
City pushed forward following this and created several half chances. Graham Cummins shot wide from the edge of the box in the eighth minute and, three minutes later, Karl Sheppard headed wide from a Barry McNamee cross. In the 13th minute the Leesiders showed some good interplay down the left before picking out McCormack, who teed up Gearoid Morrissey, but his shot was too high to trouble Gary Rogers.
Dundalk came the closest to opening the scoring in the first half when, in the 20th minute, Daniel Cleary met a cross with a header, only to see the ball rebound off the foot of the post.
Dundalk came close to opening the scoring again in the 23rd minute. They had a free kick in a good area and Michael Duffy stepped up to curl his right footed effort around the wall, but Mark McNulty got down well to save.
Dundalk had one more chance to get the opening goal in the first half. Duffy received the ball on the left side of the box, cut inside on to his right foot, but his curling shot went narrowly wide of the far post.
Dundalk had the two best chances to open the scoring, but it was John Caulfield’s men who had the better of the possession in the first half. The sides went into the interval with all to play for.
The first chance of the second half fell to Dundalk. A cross from the right found Jamie McGrath and, falling backwards, he toe poked the ball towards goal only to see it go inches wide.
The only goal of the game came in the 59th minute. Sheppard’s cross from the left found substitute Garry Buckley four yards out and his side footed volley crashed off the crossbar. McNamee headed it back into the danger zone and Cleary looked to head it clear, only for it to fall to Morrissey. The ball falling out of the sky, Morrissey caught it on the volley with his left foot from the edge of the area. It flew past Rogers in the Lillywhites’ goal and gave the Leesiders the lead.
Sheppard almost added a second three minutes later. Stretching to get on the end of a McNamee cross, he could only see his shot go over the bar.
Sheppard came close again in the 66th minute cutting inside from the left and curling a shot over the bar. Three minutes later Conor McCarthy headed over from a McNamee free kick.
Dundalk pushed for an equaliser in the time they had left, but the City defence was rock solid for the final 20 minutes. When they were bypassed McNulty was there to make a routine catch and steal Dundalk’s momentum, and John Caulfield’s men never looked in danger of conceding after the goal.
The win sees City go to the top of the league and it’s another victory over their biggest rival of the last few seasons.