Prem
Date: 7:45 p.m. June 1, 2018
Venue: Turners Cross
Ref:
Att: 4,834
TV:

Garry Buckley 45' -
Scored: 45'


Graham Cummins 76' -
Scored: 76'


Kieran Sadlier 80' -
Scored: 80'




League Report: Cork City 3 - 0 Waterford

Sat, Jun 02 2018

Kieran Sadlier scored his ninth goal of the season late on to put the seal on an impressive win. Credit: Michael P Ryan

Philip Morrissey reports from Turner's Cross

A strong second-half performance saw Cork City stretch the gap between themselves and Waterford as they kept up their hunt of Dundalk in the title race with a 3-0 win.

The two-point gap remains but it increasingly looks like a two-horse race yet again for the main prize.

Garry Buckley's goal deep in injury time was all that separated the sides at the break, and Graham Cummins and Kieran Sadlier struck late to send the visitors home empty-handed.

The home team welcomed back Alan Bennett in defence and Buckley was able to shake off a knock, while Stanley Aborah and Paul Keegan missed out for Waterford.

A poor recent spell for Waterford had been brought to a close in convincing fashion with their hammering of Derry City at the RSC last week.

They started on the front foot. Fed by the powerful Bastien Hery, Ismahil Akinade found himself one-on-one with Mark McNulty, who came out and blocked the effort.

His strike partner Courtney Duffus had a chance of his own before Gavin Holohan blazed over after Faysel Kasmi had done well to pick him out.

At the other end, Lawrence Vigouroux tipped over a speculative effort from Sadlier, the winger full of confidence after his incredible strike against St Patrick's Athletic last week.

Hery, Kasmi and Holohan were all pressing back the city midfield and making it difficult to maintain any sort of possession.

David Webster headed wide from a corner when he was unmarked, and the home crowd made their frustrations known.

They were almost on their feet as McNamee unleashed a shot which clattered the bar, before it was scrambled away, and City had a penalty shout after Cummins' shot was palmed away.

Sadlier was poised to score only for the keeper to clear out the ball and the City striker in the process, but it was unclear as to whether it was man before ball.

Just when it looked as if Waterford would be level at half time, City struck for the opener after Buckley was fouled on the half-way line by Webster, who was cautioned.

It resulted in some angry exchanges but thankfully none of the scenes from the last feisty encounter.

McNamee floated in the set piece and Buckley was able to sweep the ball home via a deflection.

Waterford began the second half as they had the first, seizing control of the ball. Holohan wasted another opportunity, whilst Duffus continued to cause problems.

Kieran Sadlier forced Vigouroux into a smart save from a dipping free-kick at the other end as City began to come more into the game and the away chances lessened.

City scored a second as Sadlier's expert first-time cross found the head of Cummins to relieve the tension of the majority of the 4,834 in the ground.

Suddenly, a demoralised Waterford started to leave more space to the more dangerous city players.

A third was not long in coming as Sadlier lashed the ball home after a set-piece was only cleared as far as the winger.

Sheppard almost put the seal on it after great work from fellow substitute, Steven Beattie. His angled drive beat Vigouroux but smacked the post.

Almost straight away, Sadlier could have scored his second only for Vigouroux, playing his last game before his loan spell finishes, to thwart him in a one-on-one.

Cork City: Mark McNulty; Colm Horgan, Alan Bennett, Sean McLoughlin, Shane Griffin; Conor McCormack (Steven Beattie 78), Jimmy Keohane; Barry McNamee (Karl Sheppard 65), Garry Buckley, Kieran Sadlier; Graham Cummins (Josh O’Hanlon 82).

Subs not used: Peter Cherrie, Danny Kane, Aaron Barry, Conor McCarthy.

Booked: None.

Waterford: Lawrence Vigouroux; Rory Feely, Kenny Browne, David Webster, Dylan Barrett; Bastien Hery, Gavan Holohan, Faysel Kasmi (Dean Walsh 78), John Martin; Courtney Duffus, Ismahil Akinade.

Subs not used: Derek Daly, Dean O’ Halloran, Colm Whelan, Daryl Walsh, Justin Croke, Niall Corbet

Booked: Dave Webster (45).

Referee: Robert Harvey

Attendance: 4,834 (official).

Extratime.ie Player of the Match: Colm Horgan (Cork City).



Cork City
Mark McNulty
Goalkeeper
Alan Bennett
Defender
Shane Griffin
Defender
Colm Horgan
Defender
Sean McLoughlin
Defender
Garry Buckley
45Scored: 45'
Midfielder
Jimmy Keohane
Midfielder
Conor McCormack
78'
78Subbed Off: 78'
Midfielder
Barry McNamee
65'
65Subbed Off: 65'
Midfielder
Kieran Sadlier
80Scored: 80'
Midfielder
Graham Cummins
76Scored: 76'
82'
82Subbed Off: 82'
Forward

Substitutes
Aaron Barry
Defender
Steven Beattie
78'
78Subbed On: 78'
Midfield
Peter Cherrie
Goalkeeper
Danny Kane
Defender
Conor McCarthy
Defender
Josh O'Hanlon
82'
82Subbed On: 82'
Midfield
Karl Sheppard
65'
65Subbed On: 65'
Forward
Waterford
Lawrence Vigouroux
Goalkeeper
Dylan Barnett
Defender
Kenny Browne
Defender
David Webster
Defender
45Booked: 45'
Rory Feely
Midfielder
Bastien Hery
Midfielder
Gavan Holohan
Midfielder
Faysel Kasmi
Midfielder 78'
78Subbed Off: 78'
Ismahil Akinade
Forward
Courtney Duffus
Forward
John Martin
Forward

Substitutes
Niall Corbet
Goalkeeper
Justin Croke
Midfield
Derek Daly
Midfield
Dean O'Halloran
Midfield
Dean Walsh
Forward
78Subbed On: 78'
78'
Daryl Walsh
Midfield
Colm Whelan
Midfield


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