Limerick 0 Cork City 2
Garry Buckley netted twice in the second half as Cork City took victory over Limerick at Markets Field tonight.
The Rebel Army, who overcame the Shannonsiders at Turner’s Cross 16 days ago, were always the better side, but a combination of poor shooting and good Limerick defending ensured that the sides went in level at half-time, Graham Cummins and Steven Beattie having had the best opportunities for City.
Limerick sub Karl O’Sullivan almost set up William Fitzgerald early in the second half but the offside flag was raised City had the lead soon after.
Conor McCarthy launched a diagonal ball deep for Kieran Sadlier and his pullback was perfect for Buckley to sidefoot home.
Karl Sheppard, on as a sub, went close to a second City goal midway through the half but Brendan Clarke did well to save from him while Limerick’s only real chance of note came when Fitzgerald shot wide from a Billy Dennehy cross.
The game was made safe on 87 minutes and it was Buckley who provided the goal again, picking up a loose ball 30 yards from the Limerick goal before carrying it and curling an effort to the top corner.
See tomorrow’s Evening Echo for full coverage and reaction.
LIMERICK: Clarke; Kelly, Cantwell, Whitehead, B Dennehy; Clifford (K O’Sullivan half-time); Fitzgerald, Duggan, Coleman, Kearns (Walsh-O’Loghlen 55); M O’Sullivan.
CORK CITY: McNulty; Horgan, McCarthy, McLoughlin, Griffin; McNamee, Keohane; Beattie (Sheppard 52), Buckley, Sadlier (Howard 88); Cummins (O’Hanlon 82).
Referee: S Grant (Wexford).