Dundalk Fall To Defeat In Cork
Dundalk fell to their first defeat of the season on Friday night as they went down 1-0 to Cork City at Turner’s Cross.
Gearoid Morrissey’s second half volley was enough to take all three points for the Leesiders in what was a hard fought contest.
The first half was a scrappy with neither team gaining any sort of rhythm on the night.
Cork started the stronger but their only chance of any significance was when striker Graham Cummings fired well wide from the edge of the area.
The Lilywhites grew into the game then and Daniel Cleary came so close to giving the side the lead. Michael Duffy’s expert cross was flicked towards goal by the centre-half however it clipped the outside of the post and went wide with Mark McNulty beaten.
Duffy then had a chance from a free-kick more centrally but it was well palmed away by McNulty at full stretch.
Duffy had another chance, this time from open play, as he jinked inside Colm Horgan however his curled effort was centimetres wide of the target.
That was the final action of the half and Dundalk lost Sean Gannon to injury at the break forcing Sean Hoare to right back with Stephen Folan moving in.
Dundalk really should have taken the lead in the opening moments of the second half when John Mountney got behind Danny Kane and his cross was miscued by Patrick Hoban but it fell to Jamie McGrath. He looked to have the simplest of tasks to slot it home however he pushed it just wide of the left hand post.
That miss would prove costly when Karl Sheppard’s cross was volleyed against the crossbar by Garry Buckley and the rebound fell to Barry McNamee. He headed it back towards goal before Cleary cut it out however his clearance fell to Morrissey who struck a first time left footed effort to the net past Gary Rogers.
That led to Cork retreating to hold onto their lead and Ronan Murray was introduced by Stephen Kenny to add more impetus to the attack. He forced McNulty into a stop after he shot on the turn but it was easy for the netminder.
Mountney had an effort go well wide from inside the area before Robbie Benson probably had the best chance for the Lilywhites to claim a point when it opened up for him after Hoban’s knockdown however he snatched at it and blazed wide.
That was the best of the action and it meant that Cork City held on for a narrow win and go three points ahead at the top of the table.
CORK CITY: Mark McNulty; Colm Horgan, Conor McCarthy, Sean McLoughlin, Danny Kan; Gearoid Morrissey, Conor McCormack (capt); Barry McNamee (Kieran Sadlier 80), Jimmy Keohane (Garry Buckley 58), Karl Sheppard; Graham Cummins (Josh O’Hanlon 88).
Substitutes not used: Peter Cherrie (GK), Alan Bennett, Aaron Barry, Steven Beattie.
Booked: Keohane (51)
Sent off: None.
DUNDALK: Gary Rogers; Sean Gannon (Stephen Folan 46), Daniel Cleary, Sean Hoare, Dane Massey; Chris Shields, Robbie Benson; John Mountney (Dylan Connolly 82), Jamie McGrath (Ronan Murray 66), Michael Duffy; Patrick Hoban.
Substitutes not used: Gabriel Sava (GK), Stephen O’Donnell, Sam Byrne, Dean Jarvis.
Booked: Gannon (4)
Sent off: None.
Referee: Neil Doyle