Su­per sub O’Han­lon sends Cork City back to top of the ta­ble

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Soccer -

Cork City re­turned to the top of the Pre­mier Di­vi­sion ta­ble as sub­sti­tute Josh O’Han­lon net­ted the win­ner with his first touch at Turner’s Cross on Sat­ur­day.

Hav­ing fallen be­hind to Danny Mor­ris­sey’s goal in the 34th minute, City drew level al­most im­me­di­ately through Gra­ham Cum­mins but early sec­ond-half ef­forts to push ahead proved fruit­less as Lim­er­ick frus­trated them. They fi­nally made the break­through on 70 min­utes though as another sub, Kieran Sadlier, did well on the left be­fore send­ing over a fine cross which O’Han­lon met at the back post for his first league goal for the Rebel Army.

Just prior to that, Lim­er­ick had had a great op­por­tu­nity to move in front again as Mark O’Sul­li­van latched on to a fine Shane Dug­gan pass but his low shot rolled just past the post. Af­ter go­ing be­hind, the vis­i­tors pressed but couldn’t fash­ion a chance of an equaliser and, while City had chances to make it 3-1 through Sadlier and O’Han­lon, they didn’t need them.

The game might have turned out dif­fer­ently had City been able to take ad­van­tage of a ninth-minute penalty, awarded af­ter a surg­ing Steven Beat­tie run was halted by a Kil­lian Cantwell pull-back.

Karl Shep­pard’s low spot-kick to Bren­dan Clarke’s left was saved fairly eas­ily, though, and fur­ther clear-cut chances were elu­sive.

Lim­er­ick had the lead when Mor­ris­sey did well to af­ter Billy Den­nehy’s free kick broke in the penalty area, but City were level again when Cum­mins met Colm Horgan’s cross and the win was se­cured when O’Han­lon did the need­ful.

In Sat­ur­day’s other game, Two sec­ond half goals from Danny Grant earned Bo­he­mains a valu­able 2-0 win over Sligo Rovers.

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