Cork City 0 - 0 Sligo RoversTue, Sep 29 2009
The few Sligo fans that made the trip made more noise than the home crowd for the first 15 minutes. The majority of the Rebels were outside standing and chanting in protest at the current plight with calls to ’Get out of our club’ directed at the absent chairman Tom Coughlan.
When the crowd did finally enter the stands it was to be the lowest attendance of the season at Turners Cross with an official attendance of 1,377. They witnessed what was probably a fair result on the night. Indeed it was the visitors who mustered the best of the early chances. In the 16th minute Danny Ventre rattled a shot off the crossbar after taking a deflection off Kevin Long before the recalled keeper Dan Connor was able to punch clear.
As the half wore on the game died a death as both sides failed to enforce any kind of authority on the contest and it wasn’t until five minutes before the break that City got their first real sniff at goal; Davin O’Neill struck low with power only to see Richard Brush deny him, turning the ball away for a corner.
After the break both sides lapsed into similar mode. It took all of 77 minutes for Billy Dennehy to find Faz Kuduzovic in the Cork attack but the resultant shot from the Bosnian was well saved by the ever effective shot stopper Brush.
Right at the death Sligo could have snatched a victory had Rob Turner not directed his header just wide after Dean Marshall provided the cross.
All square bar the shouting.
Cork City: Dan Connor, Danny Murphy, Stephen Mulcahy, Kevin Long, Neal Horgan, Davin O’Neill, Stephen O’Donnell, Cillian Lordan, Billy Dennehy, Guntars Silagailis(Kudozovic 75‘), Gareth Cambridge
Sligo Rovers: Richard Brush, Gavin Peers, Joe Kendrick, Alan Keane, Romauld Boco, Danny Ventre(Ryan 70‘), Conor O’Grady, Eoin Doyle (Marshall 57‘), Brian Cash(Turner 80‘), Raphael Cretaro, Matthew Blinkhorn Booked: Ventre (56’)
Referee: Neil Doyle