Cork City have recorded their first away win of the season, where they won their last away game in such dramatic circumstances at the death of last season.
Vinny Sullivan opened the scoring for the visitors on 20 minutes. Purcell held up a long ball well and laid it off to Gearóid Morrissey, who played a quick one two with Shane Duggan before Purcell got it back and slipped in Vinny Sullivan. Sullivan was left one on one with Paul Skinner and finished from just inside the box.
The Cork goal came somewhat against the run of play as Shels had dominated early doors. Good finish from Sullivan, would have expected him to miss!
Once the goal went in, Cork got more into the game, with O’Neill working some magic before having his effort headed off the goal line while Sullivan had a half chance from 25 yards on the stroke of half-time as the home side appeared to have the life drawn out of them following the concession of the goal.
Cork went in at half-time with the lead but the home side were level within two minutes of the re-start as Anto Murphy crossed from the right for Paddy Kavanagh to hammer home a belting first time volley.
From there; Shelbourne began to dominate again and ten minutes into the second half, Philly Gorman smacked one off the Cork crossbar from 30 yards, though City should have had a penalty minutes later when Purcell was bundled over in the box.
Shelbourne proceeded to dominate with Cork only having a few breaks on the counter attack but Sullivan managed to get in to score his second of the night with Purcell having gotten to the byline and whipping the ball across the six yard box, Sullivan did very well to get a head to the ball to stick it in the net.
Cork survived the remaining seven minutes with Shels having a penalty turned down after Murphy appeared to be pushed over and O’Neill managing to scramble the ball off his goal line after Cork goalkeeper McNulty had gotten caught in no man’s land in injury time.
So, Cork earn a first away win of the season, luckily as it was, though none of the Rebel Army will care about that as City have had enough bad luck so far this season and they move up to ninth in the table. The celebration won’t be as big as the last time City beat Shels at Tolka, though it could well mean as much to the club’s season. Shels meanwhile drop from fifth to sixth.
Shelbourne (4-4-2): Paul Skinner; Andrew Boyle, Seán Byrne, Ian Ryan, Bryan Shortall; David Cassidy, Glen Cronin, Paddy Kavanagh, Anto Murphy; Philip Gorman, Philip Hughes.
|Cork City (4-4-2): Mark McNulty; Kalen Spillane, Dan Murray (C), Danny Murphy, Colin Healy; Davin O’Neill, Gearóid Morrisey, Daryl Horgan, Shane Duggan; Tadhg Purcell, Vinny Sullivan.