Stephen Walsh reports from turners Cross after Cork City recorded a late, late victory over St Patrick’s Athletic thanks to an overhead kick by veteran Colin Healy.
Cork City defeated St. Patrick’s Athletic 1-0 in Turners Cross on Friday night thanks to a spectacular overhead strike from Colin Healy on 88 minutes to move the Rebel Army to within four points of leaders Dundalk who drew away from home with Drogheda United.
The victory now puts City six points ahead of St. Patrick’s Athletic in third place. This result will have a huge bearing on European places with Shamrock Rovers winning tonight against Derry City.
1) Colin Healy
There is a saying often said about sports stars “Form is temporary, Class is permanent”. This phrase perfectly suits Colin Healy. One only has to look at his performances this season under John Caulfield to see the quality that Healy possesses on a weekly basis.
Friday night he scored probably the best goal of his career when his overhead kick after a Michael McSweeney touch went straight into the top corner of the net in front of the Shed. I would definitely recommend you Sky Plus ‘Soccer Republic’ for this coming Monday as it is a goal of the highest quality. He led the middle of the park expertly tonight and showed why he is one of the the best midfielders in the league.
See another angle of Colin Healy’s golazo here.
The Inchicore side has had some brilliant home form this season but their away form just hasn’t been up to the same standard one would expect of current champions. They struggled to exert their presence on the game for huge stretches and only for Killian Brennan and Brendan Clarke they would have gone into the break behind.
The second half saw some improvement but outside of Fagan hitting the post and Fahey’s shot being saved by McNulty. City were comfortable with all of Pat’s attacks.
3) Midfield dominance
Cork City totally dominated the midfield in this game and Pat’s felt the loss of Chris Forrester hugely in the centre of the park as they lacked the necessary creativity to hurt the City defence.
Cork City coped very well without the suspended Gary Buckley as Healy and Gearóid Morrissey both stepped up to the plate and gave a match winning possession. Colin Healy kept ex-international Keith Fahey quiet for huge parts of the game and this showed especially when it came to attack’s as he just didn’t get the room to work some of his magic.
Stephen Walsh, Pundit Arena.