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Date: 7:45 p.m. March 16, 2018
Venue: Markets Field
Att: 1,341
TV:

Billy Dennehy 18' -
Scored: 18'


Peno Scored: 33'
- Kieran Sadlier 33'



League Report: Limerick 1 - 1 Cork City

Fri, Mar 16 2018

Kieran Sadlier Credit: Michael P Ryan

Limerick upset the odds on Cheltenham week as they held champions Cork City to a deserved Munster-derby draw at Markets Field.

 

While the going was heavy on the pitch, it was the underdogs who led though Billy Dennehy before Kieran Sadlier levelled from the spot. The Cork onslaught in the second half didn’t materialise but the point was enough to keep John Caulfield’s side top-of the table.


The Leesiders arrived on Shannonside unchanged from their victory over Shamrock Rovers last Monday, while Limerick made two changes, with Killian Cantwell and Connor Ellis replacing Shane Tracy and the injured Eoin Wearen.

 

This meant that Billy Dennehy operated at left-back for the Blues, who were still hurting from their 5-0 reverse at the Brandywell on Monday evening.
 

Limerick started quite well but were unable to link play enough to worry Mark McNulty. That was until a moment of magic from Kerry native Billy Dennehy.

 

The former Cork Ciyt man latched onto the ball near half-way and ghosted through the midfield before drilling low beyond McNulty. A superb strike, but John Caulfield will question his midfield who afforded Dennehy too much space.
 

City reacted in typical fashion and were camped in the Limerick half for the remainder of the half. Brendan Clarke showed his worth to the Blues with a stunning save to deny a Gearóid Morrissey pile-driver – tipping over with a flying save.
 

A trio of wasted efforts from Sadlier were forgotten when City levelled from the spot. Darren Dennehy was adjudged to have felled Graham Cummins from a dangerous whipped corner.

 

Despite the Limerick protest, Sadlier made no mistake and levelled the game with his second spot kick scored in five days.

 

Sadlier and Barry McNamee wasted efforts before the break, as Limerick looked to play, unsuccessfully on the counter-attack.
 

The second-half wasn’t dominated by City, as Limerick played with more belief. Shaun Kelly had their best effort, as he forced a good save from McNulty. Kelly was impressive thoughtout, with Sadlier cutting a frustrated figure as he failed to find the net late on.

 

He was denied by a strong Clarke hand in stoppage time as Cork fashioned a rare second-half opening; His free-kick pushed clear from a crowded Limerick area.

 

In truth, City were unable to exceed the energy shown by the hosts, but never looked like losing in Limerick for the second game on the spin.

 

Limerick: Brendan Clarke; Shaun Kelly, Tony Whitehead, Darren Dennehy, Billy Dennehy; Kilian Cantwell; Cian Coleman, Shane Duggan ©, Daniel Kearns (Will Fitzgerald h/t),  Danny Morrissey (Karl O’Sullivan 67), Connor Ellis.

Subs not used: Tommy Holland, Shane Tracy, Killian Brouder, Jeff McGowan.

Booked: Darren Dennehy (32), Shaun Kelly (61), Cian Coleman (71)

 


Cork City: Mark McNulty; Conor McCarthy, Aaron Barry, Sean McLoughlin, Shane Griffin; Conor McCormack © (Michael Howard 79), Gearóid Morrissey; Kieran Sadlier, Barry McNamee (Jimmy Keohane 70), Karl Sheppard; Graham Cummins.

Subs not used: Peter Cherrie, Danny Kane, Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, Colm Horgan, Alec Byrne

Booked: None

 

Referee: Neil Doyle

Attendance: 1,341 (official)

Extratime.ie Man of the match: Shaun Kelly (Limerick)

 



Limerick
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
Darren Dennehy
32Booked: 32'
Defender
Killian Cantwell
Defender
Shaun Kelly
63Booked: 63'
Defender
Tony Whitehead
47Booked: 47'
Defender
Shane Duggan
Midfielder
Billy Dennehy
18Scored: 18'
90Booked: 90'
Midfielder
Cian Coleman
71Booked: 71'
Midfielder
Connor Ellis
Forward
Daniel Kearns
46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Forward
Danny Morrissey
68'
68Subbed Off: 68'
Forward

Substitutes
Tommy Holland
Goalkeeper
William Fitzgerald
46'
46Subbed On: 46'
Forward
Henry Cameron
Midfield
Killian Brouder
Defender
Jeff McGowan
Unknown
Karl O'Sullivan
68'
68Subbed On: 68'
Midfield
Shane Tracy
Midfield
Cork City
Mark McNulty
Goalkeeper
Sean McLoughlin
Defender
Conor McCarthy
Defender
Shane Griffin
Defender
Aaron Barry
Defender
Kieran Sadlier
Midfielder
33Peno: 33'
GearĂ³id Morrissey
Midfielder
Barry McNamee
Midfielder 70'
70Subbed Off: 70'
Conor McCormack
Midfielder 79'
79Subbed Off: 79'
Graham Cummins
Forward
Karl Sheppard
Forward

Substitutes
Jimmy Keohane
Midfield
70Subbed On: 70'
70'
Danny Kane
Defender
Michael Howard
Forward
79Subbed On: 79'
79'
Colm Horgan
Defender
Peter Cherrie
Goalkeeper
Alec Byrne
Midfield
Tobi Adebayo-Rowling
Defender


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