Cork City – Burnley

Cork City – Burnley

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Date Time League Season ATT
13/07/18 19:00 Friendly 2018 1727

Results

ClubGoals
Cork City0
Burnley1

Recap

A second-half goal from Co. Louth native Jimmy Dunne was the difference as Burnley overcame Cork City in a friendly at Turner’s Cross on Friday evening.

In an even game before 1,727 people, the hosts rested the players who will feature against Legia Warsaw on Tuesday and the Clarets fielded almost two totally different teams. Dunne’s strike was reflective of an increase in tempo from the visitors in the second period.

Peter Cherrie was the only survivor in the City team from Tuesday night’s Europa League defeat to Legia Warsaw, gaining more game-time ahead of what is likely to be another appearance in the second leg, with Mark McNulty still likely to be ruled out.

New signing Ronan Coughlan played in the number 10 role, just off Josh O’Hanlon, with Shane Daly-Butz included on the right hand-side as Pierce Phillips and John Kavanagh partnered in midfield.

Burnley are gearing up for their foray into European action, with a clash against Aberdeen coming up the week after next. They had Kevin Long and Stephen Ward in their starting 11 along with goalkeeper Tom Heaton – part of the extended England squad prior to the World Cup, with colleague Nick Pope given the nod as third choice – but, despite the disparity in experience, the City side held its own in the opening stages.

Kieran Sadlier started in lively form and he had a long-range shot which Heaton held while the winger was nearly put in by O’Hanlon from a Coughlan pass. At the other end, Aaron Barry did well to get a good block on a Dwight McNeil while John Dunleavy got an important challenge in on Nakhi Wells in the area. On 20, a Barry delivery eluded O’Hanlon but Sadlier was able to get in behind and, despite the presence of Phil Bardsley, he did well to get a shot away but hit the side-netting.

A minute later, there was another opportunity as Dunleavy won the ball well and fed O’Hanlon down the right. With Sadlier free in the area, a cross would have yielded a goal but Long was able to get in a vital touch on O’Hanlon.

After a Wells header wide from a Ward cross at the other end, a low Shane Daly-Butz cross intended for Kavanagh was just behind him, while just before the half-hour came the best chance of the first half. Playing in the same city with which he shares his name, Cork carried the ball forward well and attempted a curling effort but it was just wide of the post.

Bar a 20-yard O’Hanlon shot which wasn’t troubling Heaton, the remainder of the half was without incident as it meandered to a close. However, ten second-half changes for Burnley – Aiden O’Neill was the only player retained – brought a bit more impetus for Sean Dyche’s side in the second period. Soon after the restart, Dunleavy had to get in another block, this time on Wales international Sam Vokes from an O’Neill cross.

Ireland international Jonathan Walters went close too, shooting wide after linking well with Dan Agyei. City had made just one interval change, with Achille Campion coming in for O’Hanlon and from a Sadlier cross he headed towards Coughlan but James Tarkowski was alive to the danger.

Slowly, Burnley were lifting the intensity and two Ashley Westwood crosses in quick succession provided chances for Vokes. While he couldn’t get enough on the first, he met the second flush but Cherrie saved well. Having not been called upon for so long, the Scottish goalkeeper then had to be alert to keep out a long-range effort from O’Neill which was on target.

Agyei’s delivery for Ashley Barnes needed dealing with by Danny Kane – moved to centre-back after Ronan Hurley replaced Alan Bennett – and the goal eventually came on 70. From a Westwood cross on the right, Tarkowski headed back towards the goalmouth and Co. Louth native Jimmy Dunne was able to turn the ball in from close range.

With players tiring, City emptied the bench and the game wound down, but at the very end there was a late flurry. Goalscorer Dunne did well to block City sub Cian Murphy from a cross by another replacement, Tomás Collins, and Campion shot wide from a free kick.

Burnley’s Westwood had the final attempt on goal of the night, shooting wide with the final action.

Cork City: Cherrie (Coffey 68), Kane, Bennett (Hurley 68), Dunleavy, Barry, Sadlier (Murphy 78), Kavanagh (McFarlane 78), Daly-Butz (Collins 84), O’Hanlon (Campion ht), Coughlan, Phillips. Substitutes: Campion, Murphy, Collins, McFarlane.

Burnley (first half): Heaton, Bardsley, Long, Mee, Ward, McNeil, Cork, O’Neill, Lennon, Wood, Wells.
Burnley (second half): Lindegaard, O’Neill, Tarkowski, Dunne, Taylor, Waltyers, Westwood, Hendrick, Agyei, Barnes (McNeil 82), Vokes.

Referee: David Keeler.

Attendance: 1,727.

Cork City: Cherrie (Coffey 68), Kane, Bennett (Hurley 68), Dunleavy, Barry, Sadlier (Murphy 78), Kavanagh (McFarlane 78), Daly-Butz (Collins 84), O’Hanlon (Campion ht), Coughlan, Phillips.

Burnley (first half): Heaton, Bardsley, Long, Mee, Ward, McNeil, Cork, O’Neill, Lennon, Wood, Wells.
Burnley (second half): Lindegaard, O’Neill, Tarkowski, Dunne, Taylor, Waltyers, Westwood, Hendrick, Agyei, Barnes (McNeil 82), Vokes.

Officials

Referee
David Keeler

Ground

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