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Cork City Thump Finn Harps 5-0 To Go 14 Points Clear At The Top Of The League

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Turner's Cross, Cork 5/5/2017 Cork City vs Finn Harps Cork's Stephen Dooley celebrates scoring hi

Cork City have opened up a hugely impressive fourteen point gap at the top of the League of Ireland Premier Division with a comprehensive 5-0 win against Finn Harps on Friday night.

John Caulfield’s side continued their amazing winning run at Turner’s Cross, defeating Harps thanks to goals on either side of half time from Stephen Dooley, Sean Maguire (x2), Gearoid Morrissey and Ryan Delaney.

That being said, the home side did not have it all their own way in the first half, and in a game that saw a number of decent chances for both sides Maguire’s second-half goal did well to calm any nerves that had built up in the Leesiders. Going 2-0 down appeared to take the wind out of the visitors’ sails, and Ollie Horgan’s side ended up succumbing to something of a rout as the second half wore on.

Another opponent has been vanquished, and results elsewhere have seen City stretch their lead at the top.

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Turner's Cross, Cork 5/5/2017 Cork City vs Finn Harps Cork's Seán Maguire celebrates scoring his sides second goal
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Arguably the standout result of the night came at Tallaght Stadium, where Shamrock Rovers avenged their opening day defeat to Dundalk by defeating the reigning champions 2-0, courtesy of goals from captain (and former Dundalk player) Ronan Finn and David McAllister. The away side pulled one back in stoppage time through Niclas Vemmelund, but despite going down to ten men, Stephen Bradley’s side held on for a vital win.

The loss is Dundalk’s second in a row, fifth this season, and leaves Stephen Kenny’s side with something of a mountain to climb to claw their way back into the title picture.

At the Carlisle Grounds, meanwhile, Bray Wanderers seem to have lost a bit of momentum thanks to last week’s defeat in Cork, being held 1-1 at home to struggling St. Patrick’s Athletic.

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Tallaght Stadium, Dublin 5/5/2017 Shamrock Rovers vs Dundalk Shamrock Rovers' Ronan Finn celebrates scoring a goal
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Elsewhere, Derry City finally returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory against Bohemians, while Galway United proved their mettle yet again, twice coming from behind to draw 2-2 at Drogheda United.

There is, however, only one huge talking point from this round of Premier Division action, and that is the continuation of Cork City’s stunning form.

On this week’s episode of the Mixer Irish Football podcast, we catch up with Cillian Sheridan, review all the latest fixtures and look ahead to this week’s League of Ireland matches.

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