Lilywhites Victorious At Turners Cross
Dundalk made it seven wins out of eight with a 2-0 win over Cork City at Turners Cross on Friday evening.
Goals in either half from Dean Jarvis and John Mountney, who would be dismissed with 10 minutes remaining, saw the champions claim all three points and remain top of the SSE Airtricity League table.
Dundalk took the lead when Michael Duffy’s free-kick was cleared to Patrick McEleney. His superb touch opened up space for him to shoot and he did but his shot was parried by Mark McNulty straight to Dean Jarvis who slotted home.
Dundalk were comfortable but it was Cork City who had the next chance when James Tilley created space 30 yards from goal but his shot was straight at Gary Rogers.
The Lilywhites had the perfect opportunity to make it 2-0 when Sean Murray touched the ball past Garry Comerford and he was brought down inside the area with referee Rob Rogers pointing to the spot.
Patrick Hoban stepped up to take but he struck the post.
Tilley again had a go from distance but Rogers was equal to it while Graham Cummins had two superb opportunities to level things.
First, Daire O’Connor’s clever cross from the right found the number 9 unmarked in front of goal but he headed over and then moments later, a quick throw in found him through on goal but Rogers stopped him one on one.
The Lilywhites wrestled back control before the break and Murray had an effort go straight at McNulty which was the best of the action before the half-time whistle.
Dundalk doubled their advantage almost immediately after the break when McEleney’s superb crossfield ball found Sean Gannon on the right. His excellent cross was met by the powerful head of Mountney who thumped to the net.
It was almost 3-0 when two quickfire chances from Mountney and then Hoban were almost separately deflected into the net but they went wide and the chances went.
Mountney then tried to place a ball to the net after some great work from Hoban on the left before a layoff but it was easy for the goalkeeper.
The game was scrappy with the Lilywhites in control for the most part.
We were reduced to ten men though with 10 minutes remaining when Mountney was shown a second yellow card by referee Rogers for a foul on Tilley.
Cork didn’t really threaten though with a Cummins header which flew well over the bar.
That proved to be it and after four added minutes, the game drew to a close and we move on to face Bohemians on Monday evening back at Oriel Park.
CORK CITY: Mark McNulty; Conor McCarthy, Gary Boylan, Sean McLoughlin, Garry Comerford; Conor McCormack, Kevin O’Connor; Daire O’Connor (Darragh Rainsford 81), James Tilley, Karl Sheppard (capt); Graham Cummins (Darragh Crowley 75).
Substitutes not used: Tadgh Ryan (GK), Colm Horgan, Alan Bennett, Pierce Phillips, Beineon O’Brien-Whitmarsh.
Booked: K. O’Connor (71), Boylan (75)
Sent off: None.
DUNDALK: Gary Rogers; Sean Gannon, Brian Gartland (capt), Daniel Cleary, Dean Jarvis; Chris Shields, Sean Murray (Jordan Flores 70); John Mountney, Patrick McEleney (Dane Massey 89), Michael Duffy; Patrick Hoban (Georgie Kelly 82).
Substitutes not used: Aaron McCarey (GK), Stephen Folan, Cameron Dummigan, Daniel Kelly.
Booked: Shields (44), Mountney (55, 80)
Sent off: Mountney (80)
Referee: Rob Rogers.