Mc­Cabe robs Cork of some home com­fort

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SOCCER -

Rhys Mc­Cabe’s goal four min­utes into the sec­ond half gave Sligo Rovers all three points at Turner’s Cross as Cork City suf­fered a sec­ond suc­ces­sive home league de­feat last night.

Af­ter the home side had be­gun the sec­ond half with Garry Buck­ley hit­ting the post, Mc­Cabe pro­vided an in­stant re­sponse, his cross de­ceiv­ing Mark McNulty in the City goal.

City had two changes from the FAI Cup win over Bray Wan­der­ers, with Alan Ben­nett and Jimmy Keo­hane in for Rob­bie Wil­liams and Steven Beat­tie. Keo­hane played as cen­tre-for­ward, the fourth player to play there since the de­par­ture of Seán Maguire, but couldn’t get qual­ity ser­vice to him.

Early on, City’s Kieran Sadlier – who scored at the Cross for Sligo ear­lier in the sea­son – had a low shot from the left into the side-net­ting while Jamie McDon­agh had to do well to cut out a Karl Shep­pard cross, but Micheál Sch­linger­mann in goal wasn’t suf­fi­ciently worked.

Com­ing up to half-time, Shep­pard went close and im­me­di­ately af­ter the restart Buck­ley hit the post with a curl­ing ef­fort.

The next chance brought the opener, but it came at the Shed End, into which Sligo were play­ing. Rhys Mc­Cabe’s in­ten­tion may have been to cross from the left cor­ner, but the ball looped over McNulty.

There were more than 40 min­utes re­main­ing and though City brought on Con­nor El­lis and Steven Beat­tie in a bid to take the game to their vis­i­tors, clear-cut chances re­mained at a premium.

They be­came more ur­gent and the best ef­fort came when Keo­hane’s header into the ground bounced up and off the cross­bar. Keo­hane’s cross was then headed wide by El­lis and though Sligo had man of the match Craig Rod­dan sent off for a late sec­ond book­ing, they weren’t to be de­nied.

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