Cork suffer title setback
Cork City 1 O’Hanlon 83 St Patrick’s Athletic 1 Clarke 56
Substitute Josh O’Hanlon earned Cork City a point but their hopes of retaining the Premier Division title suffered a blow against St Patrick’s Athletic at Turner’s Cross last night.
O’Hanlon headed in fellow sub Gearóid Morrissey’s cross in the 83rd minute after Dean Clarke had put Pat’s ahead 11 minutes into the second half.
While they avoided a first home defeat in the league, the result leaves them level on points with Dundalk two games played. Pat’s had the best chance of a lacklustre first half when Clarke’s shot parried by Mark McNulty, with Ryan Brennan sending the rebound over.
It was scoreless at half-time but Pat’s struck on 53. Conan Byrne’s free kick was helped on former City man Achille Campion and Clarke finished after Mark McNulty saved his first effort.
Then, on 83 minutes, the home side were level. When John Dunleavy found Morrissey, he carried the ball forward and his cross was met by O’Hanlon at the near post.