Cork City can't find the goal they need to take them off the bottom of the table

Cork City can't find the goal they need to take them off the bottom of the table

Will Fitzgerald of Waterford in action against Gearóid Morrissey of Cork City at Turner's Cross. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Cork City 0 Waterford 0

CORK City remain in severe danger of getting relegated to the First Division as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Munster rivals Waterford at Turner’s Cross on Saturday evening.

Despite creating a whole host of chances, City couldn’t find the net and their winless run in all competitions stretches to nine games in all competitions, eight in the league, as they remain bottom of the league. A point behind Finn Harps they have now played two more games.

Interim manager Colin Healy, taking charge of the club’s first team for the third time, made two changes from his starting 11 that was beaten 2-0 by Dundalk on Tuesday evening as Alec Byrne replaced Uniss Kargbo while Cory Galvin was also given a start instead of Alan Bennett.

Cork City interim manager Colin Healy reacts to a missed goal chance. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Cork City interim manager Colin Healy reacts to a missed goal chance. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

The Rebel Army started brightly and visiting goalkeeper Brian Murphy was required to make an excellent save inside the opening couple of minutes.

Kevin O’Connor picked out Byrne at the back post with his long diagonal free-kick but the midfielder’s header was denied by Murphy.

Waterford went close themselves moments later but Matthew Smith could only direct his header from Will Fitzgerald’s cross wide of the far left post.

City continued to look the better side and they again threatened to score their first goal of the Healy error with 11 minutes on the clock following a sweeping attacking move.

Dylan McGlade’s clever flicked pass over the top of the defence sent Deshane Dalling racing clear. He held the ball up initially before pulling it back for McGlade but his powerful strike was straight down the throat of the keeper.

The duo combined again on 19. Dalling again creating the opportunity for McGlade but the number seven drilled his fierce hit wide of the far top right corner from a good position inside the penalty area.

The Blues, who knew a win here would see them climb back above Dundalk and into third place in the league table, eventually grew into the game and began to dominate possession.

Striker Kurtis Byrne attempted to break the deadlock with a highly ambitious shot from all of 40 yards but after he pounced on a loose pass from City centre back Jake O’Brien, his lob drifted just over the bar at the Shed End.

With the first half drawing to a close, City shot-stopper Liam Bossin needed to use his tall frame to tip Kurtis Byrne’s curler away from the bottom left corner shortly before Darragh Power flashed a side-foot volley across the face of goal and just past the far stick.

The Leesiders regrouped during the half time break and Deshane Dalling’s pace remained a problem for the Waterford back four.

The attacker - on loan from English side Queens Park Rangers - tested Brian Murphy twice either side of the hour mark but, after surging runs, both his efforts were weak and the easily dealt with by the Waterford captain.

As City pushed forward to get a crucial opening goal, Healy turned to his bench and introduced forwards Cian Bargary, Kit Elliott and Beineon O’Brien-Whitmarsh to provide his team with an extra attacking threat.

Jake Davidson of Waterford in action against Deshane Dalling of Cork City. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Jake Davidson of Waterford in action against Deshane Dalling of Cork City. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

It almost worked perfectly as City thought they had finally edged in front with 14 minutes remaining but after Cian Coleman headed home from a corner, his celebrations were cut short as he was adjudged to have committed a foul.

City, desperate for the win, finished the game strongly but they just couldn’t force the ball across the line.

Dalling was again denied, Elliott’s shot from a couple of yards was somehow turned over the bar by Murphy before Coleman saw an attempt deflect across the goal and agonizingly wide in injury time.

But they could’ve gone away empty-handed as former Republic of Ireland international Daryl Murphy also spurned three glorious chances late on.

CORK CITY: Liam Bossin; Henry Ochieng, Joseph Olowu, Jake O’Brien, Kevin O’Connor; Alec Byrne, Gearoid Morrissey, Cory Galvin; Cian Coleman, Dylan McGlade, Deshane Dalling.

Subs: Cian Bargary for Cory Galvin (56), Kit Elliott for Alec Byrne (63), Beineon O’Brien-Whitmarsh for Dylan McGlade (79).

WATERFORD: Brian Murphy; Darragh Power, Jake Davidson, Robert McCourt, Tyreke Wilson; Will Fitzgerald, Robbie Weir, Niall O’Keeffe, Matthew Smith; Allistar Coote; Kurtis Byrne.

Subs: Daryl Murphy for Kurtis Byrne (56), Will Longbottom for Allistar Coote (68), Tunmise Sobowale for Darragh Power (90).

Referee: Ben Connolly (Dublin).

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