Cork City kept pace with Premier Division leaders Dundalk as they saw off Sligo Rovers at Turner’s Cross on Tuesday night, but the Rebel Army faithful were forced to wait.
Sub Jimmy Keohane earned the league champions a second 1-0 home win in five days as he struck against his former side three minutes after coming on, firing home after Colm Horgan’s cross was deflected into his path.
Prior to that, it had looked like being one of those nights for City, with good chances going amiss as early as the second minute, when Mitchell Beeney saved brilliantly to deny Graham Cummins.
Conor McCarthy also went close for City in the first half, with Sligo defending deep but well, albeit offering little to trouble Mark McNulty at the other end.
It was scoreless at half-time and just after the hour City wasted a glorious opportunity, Barry McNamee shooting wide from Kieran Sadlier’s low cross, while Cummins headed Shane Griffin’s delivery wide.
The dam finally broke when Cummins did the needful and though Sligo pressed for a leveller, all they could muster was a shot from sub Adam Morgan which was easy for McNulty.
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: McNulty; McCarthy, McLoughlin, Griffin; McCormack, Morrissey (Keohane 75); Sheppard (O’Hanlon 69), McNamee, Sadlier (Barry 85); Cummins.
Beeney; Waters, Callan-McFadden, McClean, Donelon; Boylan (Cretaro 83), Keaney (Morgan 81), Cawley, McAleer (Roy 81); McCabe, Moorhouse.
D Tomney (Dublin).