Cork City 1 St Patrick’s Athletic 0
A goal four minutes into the second half from Graham Cummins moved Cork City back into the top two of the Premier Division as they saw off St Patrick’s Athletic at Turner’s Cross on Friday night.
In front of 4,402 people, City got the win as Cummins met Conor McCormack’s delivery to loop a header beyond the reach of Pat’s goalkeeper Barry Murphy.
Following the defeat to Waterford last week, it was a good response from City, who were second-best for periods in the first half.
However, while Pat’s played well, they couldn’t trouble Mark McNulty in the City goal and Cummins almost handed City the lead on 15 minutes, hitting the post with a header from a Barry McNamee free kick.
Beyond that, City lacked for clear-cut opportunities too though and a scoreless first half was reflective of how the game had gone.
Cummins’ goal naturally boosted City, but it didn’t lead to them taking over the game either and Pat’s Ryan Brennan almost punished them as he shot wide from an Owen Garvan free kick.
Late on, sub Jimmy Keohane could have made sure of the win for City but Barry Murphy denied him, however City had done enough.
See tomorrow’s Evening Echo for full coverage and reaction.
CORK CITY: McNulty; Horgan, McCarthy, McLoughlin, Griffin; McCormack, Morrissey; Sheppard, McNamee, Sadlier (Keohane 80); Cummins (O'Hanlon 84).
ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC: Murphy; Madden, Desmond, Toner, Bermingham; Lennon, Garvan (Kelly 80); Byrne, R Brennan (Markey 77), Clarke; Keegan (Fagan 68).
Referee: R Hennessy (Clare).