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Date: 7:45 p.m. April 5, 2019
Venue: Turners Cross
Att: 3,273
TV: RTE2

Dan Casey 41' -
Scored: 41'


Scored: 22'
- Sean Kavanagh 22'

Scored: 36'
- Aaron McEneff 36'

Scored: 62'
- Aaron McEneff 62'


League Report: Cork City 1 - 3 Shamrock Rovers

Fri, Apr 05 2019

Turner's Cross Credit: Steve Alfred

Shamrock Rovers showed a real sign of intent with respect to their title ambitions by going ten points clear at the top of the table by beating Cork City 3-1 on Friday night – their first win in Turner’s Cross for six seasons.

The victory, helped by two goals by Aaron McEneff and Sean Kavanagh's first of the year, leaves last season’s runners-up Cork City trailing the Hoops by 15 points.

Rovers went close early in the game with Greg Bolger’s hooked shot on six minutes from edge of the area having Mark McNulty scrambling in the City goal.

The visitors grabbed the lead midway through the first half as Sean Kavanagh swept home a fine passing move that began with Joey O’Brien who came in at right back in place of the injured Sam Bone. 

Aaron Greene did well to hold Finn's long ball up and bring Bolger into the play and his right foot cross was right in the path of Sean Kavanagh who made no mistake from the edge of the six yard box.

Two minutes later Hoops captain Ronan Finn clattered one off the City cross bar with a great right foot effort from wide left.

On 27 minutes it looked like Graham Cummins had grabbed an equaliser for the Leesiders. He had the ball in the back of the net off James Tilly's free kick but the offside flag was raised to rule it out.

The Hoops doubled their lead on 36 minutes. Aaron McEneff got the benefit of a deflection off Sean McLoughlin that took the ball by McNulty but five minutes later City reduced the deficit.

A cleared City corner was put back in the box by Conor McCormack. Roberto Lopes' attempted clearance came to Dan Casey and he was in the right place to head it home passed Alan Mannus.

Just after the hour mark, the Hoops put the game out of reach of the Leesiders. McEneff was given way too much time out side the City box to pick up Jack Byrne’s centre. 

McEneff let fly with the outside of his right foot and the ball swerved by McNulty’s despairing dive to find the back of the net - a superb finish by McEneff for his fifth of the season and confirm Rovers’ sixth league win in a row.

With the champions Dundalk losing away to St. Patrick’s Athletic it really was a superb night for the Hoops who laid down a marker in this season’s title race.

Cork City: Mark McNulty; Conor McCarthy, Sean McLoughlin, Dan Casey, Kevin O’Connor (Shane Griffin 72); Conor McCormack, Gearoid Morrissey; James Tilley (Liam Nash 64), Garry Buckley, Karl Sheppard © (Dan Smith 80); Graham Cummins.

Subs not used: Tadgh Ryan, Garry Comerford, Alan Bennett, Gary Boylan.

Booked: Karl Sheppard (75), Conor McCormack (88).

Shamrock Rovers: Alan Mannus; Joey O’Brien, Lee Grace, Roberto Lopes, Trevor Clarke; Aaron McEneff, Greg Bolger; Ronan Finn © (Dylan Watts 82), Jack Byrne, Sean Kavanagh (Brandon Kavanagh 90); Aaron Greene (Orhan Vojic 76). 

Subs not used: Leon Pohls (gk), Ethan Boyle, Joel Coustrain, Dean Dillon.

Booked: None.

Referee: Rob Harvey.

Attendance: 3,273.

Extratime Player of the Match: Aaron McEneff (Shamrock Rovers).

 


Cork City
Mark McNulty
Goalkeeper
Dan Casey
41Scored: 41'
Defender
Conor McCarthy
Defender
Sean McLoughlin
Defender
Kevin O'Connor
72'
72Subbed Off: 72'
Defender
Garry Buckley
Midfielder
Conor McCormack
88Booked: 88'
Midfielder
GearĂ³id Morrissey
Midfielder
Karl Sheppard
75Booked: 75'
80'
80Subbed Off: 80'
Midfielder
James Tilley
64'
64Subbed Off: 64'
Midfielder
Graham Cummins
Forward

Substitutes
Alan Bennett
Defender
Gary Boylan
Defender
Garry Comerford
Defender
Shane Griffin
72'
72Subbed On: 72'
Defender
Liam Nash
64'
64Subbed On: 64'
Forward
Tadhg Ryan
Goalkeeper
Dan Smith
80'
80Subbed On: 80'
Forward
Shamrock Rovers
Alan Mannus
Goalkeeper
Lee Grace
Defender
Roberto Lopes
Defender
Joey O'Brien
Defender
Sean Kavanagh
Midfielder
22Scored: 22'
90'
90Subbed Off: 90'
Ronan Finn
Midfielder 82'
82Subbed Off: 82'
Trevor Clarke
Midfielder
Jack Byrne
Midfielder
Greg Bolger
Midfielder
Aaron McEneff
Midfielder
36Scored: 36'
62Scored: 62'
Aaron Greene
Forward 76'
76Subbed Off: 76'

Substitutes
Brandon Kavanagh
Midfield
90Subbed On: 90'
90'
Dean Dillon
Forward
Joel Coustrain
Midfield
Ethan Boyle
Defender
Leon Pohls
Goalkeeper
Orhan Vojic
Forward
76Subbed On: 76'
76'
Dylan Watts
Midfield
82Subbed On: 82'
82'