Cre­taro makes im­pact

Sub­sti­tute strikes seven min­utes from time as Cork suf­fer first home loss in over a year

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORTS -

Sub­sti­tute Raf­faele Cre­taro in­flicted Cork City’s first home league de­feat in just over a year as Sligo Rovers came from be­hind at Turner’s Cross.

Cre­taro struck seven min­utes from time, set up by Caolan McAleer – the last team to beat City at the Cross in the league were Sligo on Au­gust 18 last year.

The re­sult means that City are now six points Dundalk at the top with six games re­main­ing.

The cham­pi­ons, held by St Pa­trick’s Ath­letic in their pre­vi­ous home game and with four changes to their side from that out­ing, had be­gun in a lively fash­ion and had the lead in­side eight min­utes. Hav­ing been fouled for a free kick to the left of the area, Karl Shep­pard did well to meet Barry McNamee’s de­liv­ery, glanc­ing the ball past Mitchell Beeney in the vis­i­tors’ goal.

Ur­gency

Shep­pard had a cou­ple of ef­forts off-tar­get as City looked to build on that lead, but over­all their ur­gency wasn’t as ap­par­ent and Sligo be­gan to come into the game more.

They were play­ing nice foot­ball, al­though with­out pierc­ing the City rear­guard, their best chance of the half a long-range shot from Caw­ley which was straight at Mark McNulty.

On 22, McNamee had a great chance to dou­bled the hosts’ lead when he got on the end of a Shep­pard cross but Re­gan Donelon blocked his shot and he put the sec­ond wide, while com­ing up to half-time Shep­pard again got on the end of a McNamee cross but Beeney saved.

There was al­ways the sense that the Rebel Army needed a sec­ond to in­su­late them­selves and Garry Buck­ley had an early header wide but Sligo were com­ing strongly and Shep­pard had a to clear a Pa­trick McClean header off the line just be­fore the hour.

Re­bound

City sub­sti­tute Kieran Sadlier al­most scored with his first touch, his free-kick back off the post, but Sligo were level on 71 min­utes as Caw­ley con­verted the re­bound when McNulty par­ried a Rhy McCabe free kick and Cre­taro com­pleted the turn­around.

City pressed late on but Sadlier’s shot was straight at Beeney while a Jimmy Keo­hane cross might have dropped in but was dealt with.

PHO­TO­GRAPH: INPHO

Cork City’s Damien De­laney and Mickey Dren­nan of Sligo Rovers bat­tle for pos­ses­sion at Cross, Cork, last night.

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