Cork finish tamely
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.
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.