It would be fair to say that a win over the Welsh tomorrow night would put Ireland in an excellent ...Thu, Mar 23 2017
Cork City got their third successive win of the season in front of the Eir Sport TV cameras as they hammered Drogheda United 4-1 at United Park.
The scoreline doesn't tell the full story, however, as City were being held 1-1 by a competitive Drogheda side until midfielder Richie Purdy was harshly sent off for a vigorous tackle on Steven Beattiie after 19 minutes.
Sean Maguire – as the in-form striker has done in every game this season – gave City the lead after seven minutes when he nodded home after Garry Buckley headed into the box.
The Drogs struck back less than 10 minutes later, however, as Cork could only clear a corner as far as Ciaran McGuigan, and when the defender shot Stephen Elliott was on hand to turn it past Mark McNulty.
Three minutes later, Purdy saw red, but the Boynesiders impressively held out until right before half time when the extra man proved crucial and Gearoid Morrissey was guided home Beattie's corner while unmarked.
Another corner led to the third goal as McGuinness could only punch Kevin O'Connor's inswinger as far as Karl Sheppard, who volleyed first time into the corner from 20 yards.
Substitue Conor Ellis wrapped up the win 13 minutes from time as he latched onto Achille Campion's pass and finished at the near post for the second successive games.
Read Simon O'Gorman's match report here, and watch the highlights via Soccer Republic below.