Cork City can count themselves lucky to beat a much improved Sligo Rovers side at Turners Cross tonight with goals from Billy Dennehy and Mark O’Sullivan.
Sligo Rovers started the more dominant of the sides and could of been two nil up in the first twenty minutes. Raffaele Cretaro and Eamon Zayed missed guilt edged chances to put the Bit O’ Red in front. Sligo though made their dominance count after thirty minutes when left back Danny Ledwith scored a peach of a goal easily beating Cork’s Mark Mc Nulty. Sligo went into the break ahead.
Cork started the second half much better and piled pressure on the Rovers defence but City couldn’t find the killer touch. All that changed just before the hour mark when substitute Mark O’Sullivan latched onto a cross from the right hand side to level things. Minutes later Cork’s Billy Dennehy scored City’s second much to the delight of the home fans.
Many would have expected Cork to push on for their third but it was Gavin Dykes’ men who upped the ante. They pinned Cork into their own half and piled on the pressure. Rovers’ pressure paid off as Cork defender Michael McSweeney fouled Ruairi Keating in the box and the referee rightly pointed to the penalty spot.
Danny North stepped up to take the spot kick but he saw his shot saved easily by Mark McNulty. This was to be Sligo’s best chance to get something from the game but it wasn’t to be.
The result keeps Cork in the title race and Cork boss John Caulfield breathed a huge sigh of relief.
Cork City; Mark Mc Nulty, John Dunleavy, Gearóid Morrissey, Dan Murray, Ross Gaynor, Billy Dennehy, Colin Healy, Darren Dennehy, Gerry Buckley (Michael Mc Sweeney 80), Josh O’Shea (John O’Flynn 54)(Dave O’Leary 90), Mark O’Sullivan
Sligo Rovers; Gary Rodgers, Gary Boylan, Gavin Peers, Evan McMillan, Danny Ledwith, Paul O’Connor (Gary Armstrong 64), Raffaele Cretaro, David Cawley, Seamus Conneely, Eamon Zayed (Ruairi Keating 75), Danny North
MOM – David Cawley – Sligo Rovers
Referee – Neil Doyle
Aaron Cawley, Pundit Arena.