Cork City 1 Shamrock Rovers 0
Kieran Sadlier’s 38th-minute penalty was sufficient for Cork City to get back to winning ways as they saw off Shamrock Rovers at Turner’s Cross on Monday night.
Having lost to Dundalk on Friday night, the league champions and current joint leaders needed a response against the Hoops, who came in after beating Derry City 6-1.
While it wasn’t a vintage performance, John Caulfield’s side enough after a slow start and should probably have made the game safe in the second half.
The goal came after Graham Cummins was fouled by Rovers goalkeeper Kevin Horgan as he chased the loose after seeing a header come back off the post.
That chance, from a good Sadlier cross, was City’s best move of the game up until then, having had questions posed of them by a visiting side that played positive football.
Their best chance fell to centre-forward Dan Carr on 17, denied by Aaron Barry’s block, while Seán Kavanagh went close with a curling effort.
After the goal, City nearly went in leading 2-0 as Karl Sheppard had a flicked shot from Barry McNamee’s cross saved, and the chances continued to come in the second half.
Cummins was just wide from another excellent Sadlier delivery while McNamee and Gearóid Morrissey shot over.
Rovers didn’t threaten as much, but in the 83rd minute they had a great chance, Luke Byrne’s header from Graham Burke’s corner coming back off the crossbar and City left-back Shane Griffin clearing to ensure that they took the points.
See tomorrow’s Evening Echo for a full report and reaction.
McNulty; McCarthy, Barry, McLoughlin, Griffin; McCormack, Morrissey; Sheppard, McNamee (Buckley 77), Sadlier (Keohane 84); Cummins.
Horgan; O’Brien (Coustrain 70), Grace, Gilchrist (Lopes 47), Byrne; Bone; Miele (Clarke 67), Finn, Burke, Kavanagh; Carr.
R Harvey (Dublin).