Cork fin­ish tamely

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SOCCER -

Cork City re­lin­quished their SSE Air­tric­ity League ti­tle, af­ter a dour score­less draw against Sham­rock Rovers, with the lack of any real in­ten­sity vis­i­ble from the start of the game.

Sham­rock Rovers will be frus­trated they could not push on and claim the three points, as Stephen Bradley’s charges were su­pe­rior for long pe­ri­ods of the game, but ul­ti­mately could not get the cru­cial goal that may have proved de­ci­sive.

Cork City were very way­ward in pos­ses­sion in the early stages and strug­gled to put any at­tack­ing moves to­gether.

Ro­nan Finn squan­dered two mas­sive chances in quick suc­ces­sion in the open­ing half, with Aaron Barry clear­ing the Rovers’ mid­fielder’s 38th-minute header off the line, to keep the game score­less. Finn again had a great chance be­fore half-time to break the dead­lock af­ter be­ing set up by Dy­lan Watts, but Peter Cher­rie pro­duced an ex­cel­lent save to deny the mid­fielder.

Looked flat

Cork City looked flat through­out the open­ing half and would have been re­lieved to go into the break level, as the hosts dom­i­nated the first half, though the game was ul­ti­mately score­less when ref­eree Paul McLaugh­lin blew for half-time.

The sec­ond half was a dull af­fair, with a mis­take from Roberto Lopes gift­ing Barry McNamee a great op­por­tu­nity to break the dead­lock, but the City cen­tral mid­fielder was un­able to take ad­van­tage.

Two late saves from Peter Cher­rie kept the game score­less, with the City net­min­der deny­ing Seán Ka­vanagh and Ro­nan Finn re­spec­tively, as Cork City held on for an essen­tially mean­ing­less point, as the ti­tle race is al­ready de­cided.

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