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Date: 7:45 p.m. Aug. 31, 2015
Venue: Turners Cross
Att: 2,017
TV:

Alan Bennett 24' -
Scored: 24'


Kevin O'Connor 28' -
Scored: 28'


Darren Dennehy 60' -
Scored: 60'


Scored: 65'
- Morgan Langley 65'



League Report: Cork City 3 - 1 St Patrick's Athletic

Mon, Aug 31 2015

Alan Bennett was amongst the scorers tonight in Turners Cross. Credit: Michael P Ryan

Cork City have given their chances of playing European football next season a major boost, following another confidence boosting victory over St Patrick's Athletic on Monday night at Turners Cross.

 

This was the second meeting between the sides in 11 days, following the Dublin side's exit at the hands of City.

 

Cork came into this game without the services of Liam Miller, Steven Beattie and Dan Murray, with Kevin O'Connor, and the Tralee brothers of Billy and Darren Dennehy coming into the starting eleven.

 

Liam Buckley knew heading into the game he would be without Chris Forrester, who joined League One side Peterbourough United over the weekend. Pats made three changes from the side that faced Derry City, with Jason McGuinness, Shane McEleney and Jamie McGrath drafted in Sean Hoare, Greg Bolger and Aaron Greene.


The game was wide open in the early exchanges, with both sides showing their attacking intent. Kevin O'Connor saw his header saved by Brendan Clarke, while Morgan Langley headed wide from a corner for the Saints. 

 

City took the lead in the 23rd minute as a Billy Dennehy cross, following a goalmouth scramble, was guided home from close range by a touch from Alan Bennett.

 

O'Connor has been a real livewire in the City attack and he has really strengthened the side. His pace and his fantastic ability with the ball at his feet have been a joy to watch for City fans.

 

And it was indeed the former Waterford United man who would double Cork's lead, after a nice finish past Clarke in the Pats goal, following some fantastic work from Mark O'Sullivan to beat the Pats defenders in the box and set him up.

 

Pat's looked stunned at the back by what the Leesider's did to them in a six minute spell. They had a good chance before the break, but Ian Bermingham's deflected effort went just wide. But overall, John Caulfield's side were well worth their two goal lead at this stage.

 

Into the second half and Pats came out desperate for a route back into the contest. Cork goalkeeper Mark McNulty made a fine save with his legs to deny Byrne.

 

Despite the threat which was being posed by the visitors, it was Cork who would go 3-0 up in the 61st minute. It was Darren Dennehy who would find the target, heading in from Gary Buckley's corner.

 

Pats would get a goal back after 65 minutes, as Morgan Langley headed home from a cross by Ger O'Brian.

 

City would react positively though to conceding and they went close through headed efforts from Buckley and O'Sullivan.

 

The hosts were professional and determined enough to see out the remainder of the game without their defence being severely tested by the Saints.

 

This victory moves Cork City within five points of league leaders and current champions Dundalk. They may require favours from elsewhere to keep their title hopes alive, but based on current form , City have shown that they are more than focused on the challenge at hand.

 

 

Cork City: Mark Mc Nulty; Michael McSweeney, Alan Bennett, Darren Dennehy, Ross Gaynor; Kevin O’Connor (Cian Coleman 90), Colin Healy (Liam Kearney 45), Garry Buckley; Billy Dennehy (John O’Flynn, 81), Karl Sheppard, Mark O’Sullivan.

Subs Not Used: Alan Smith (gk), Danny Morrissey, Craig Donnellan, Chiedozie Ogbene.

Bookings: Michael McSweeney (51), Kevin O'Connor (62), Ross Gaynor (71).

 

St Patrick’s Athletic:  Brendan Clarke; Ger O’Brian , Jason McGuinness ,Lee Desmond,  Ian Bermingham  ; James Chambers , Sam Verdon  (Darragh Markey , 72 )  , Shane McEleney(Greg Bolger, 40 ); Conan Byrne, Morgan Langley, Jamie McGrath.

Subs Not Used:  Conor O’Malley (gk), Sean Hoare, Kenny Browne, Paul Rooney, Jack Bayly.

Bookings: Conan Byrne (32).

 

 

Referee:  Neil Doyle.

Attendance: 2,017.

ExtraTime.ie Man of the Match: Kevin O'Connor (Cork City).

 

 



Cork City
Mark McNulty
Goalkeeper
Kevin O'Connor
28Scored: 28'
90'
90Subbed Off: 90'
Defender
Michael McSweeney
53Booked: 53'
Defender
Darren Dennehy
60Scored: 60'
Defender
Alan Bennett
24Scored: 24'
Defender
Colin Healy
46Subbed On: 46'
Midfielder
Ross Gaynor
72Booked: 72'
Midfielder
Garry Buckley
Midfielder
Mark O'Sullivan
Forward
Billy Dennehy
82'
82Subbed Off: 82'
Forward
Karl Sheppard
Forward

Substitutes
Chiedozie Ogbene
Midfield
John O'Flynn
82'
82Subbed On: 82'
Forward
Danny Morrissey
Forward
Liam Kearney
46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Midfield
Craig Donnellan
Midfield
Cian Coleman
90'
90Subbed On: 90'
Midfield
Alan Smith
Goalkeeper
St. Patrick's Athletic
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
Ger O'Brien
Defender
Shane McEleney
Defender
43Subbed On: 43'
Lee Desmond
Defender
90Booked: 90'
Ian Bermingham
Defender
Jason McGuinness
Midfielder
40Booked: 40'
Jamie McGrath
Midfielder
James Chambers
Midfielder
Sam Verdon
Forward 77'
77Subbed Off: 77'
Morgan Langley
Forward
65Scored: 65'
Conan Byrne
Forward
33Booked: 33'

Substitutes
Paul Rooney
Defender
Conor O'Malley
Goalkeeper
Darragh Markey
Midfield
77Subbed On: 77'
77'
Sean Hoare
Defender
Kenny Browne
Defender
Greg Bolger
Midfield 43'
43Subbed Off: 43'
Jack Bayly
Midfield


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