Sligo Rovers extended their lead at the top of the Airtricity League Premier Division with a narrow win over Cork as Shamrock Rovers were held to a draw at Bray.
Cork City can count themselves unlucky not to have gotten something from the game at Turners Cross as a winner from the prolific Danny North barely ten minutes from time denied the Leesiders a share of the spoils, giving the visitors an undeserved 0-1 win.
Sligo are now unbeaten from eight league games this season and have extended their lead at the top to three points with North taking advantage of an error by City captain Dan Murray to poke home the winner from close range.
Sligo had started well and dominated possession but it was City who had the two best goal chances before half-time. The Rebel Army came closest to going in front in the first half when Davin O’Neill’s 37th minute strike smacked off the post.
Danny Ventre came to Sligo’s assistance when he intercepted the ball from Vinny Sullivan before O’Neill hammered a right-footed drive off the post. The home side could consider themselves unlucky not to lead at half-time.
Sligo had periods of dominance in the second-half with a miracle double block; one from Irish international Colin Healy to keep out Lee Lynch’s drive followed by a sensational save from McNulty to keep Mark Quigley’s unmarked header out as the home side were exposed at the back.
When all was said and done, it looked the fairest result of a lively encounter would have been a draw and it seemed as if that was what would transpire until Danny North’s late intervention.
Sligo now lead the Premier Division by three points after seven games whilst the Leesiders are level on points with bottom placed Monaghan United and look like facing a battle against relegation for this, their first season back in the Premier Division after a two year absence.
CORK CITY (4-4-2): McNulty; Healy, Murray, Spillane, Murphy; Morrissey, Dunleavy (Turner 50), Duggan, Horgan; O’Neill, Sullivan (Purcell 76).
SLIGO ROVERS (4-4-2): Rogers; Keane, Peers, Ventre, Davoren; Boco (Millien 74), Ndo, Lynch, Gaynor; North (Cawley 87), Quigley (Cretaro 81).