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City stay in touch by smashing Bohs
01 Aug 2015 13:01
Cork City 4-0 Bohemians
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A brace from Mark O’Sullivan and an excellent performance from Cork City saw the Leesiders claim an impressive 4-0 victory over Bohemians and all three Premier Division points on offer at Turner’s Cross.
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O’Sullivan nabbed his ninth goal of the season with just three minutes on the clock, flicking Steven Beattie’s cross to the back of the net. The striker then added his tenth just before the half-hour mark with a long-range effort from a set-piece.
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The goalscoring continued in the second half when Colin Healy made it 3-0 from the penalty spot after 73 minutes after Beattie was fouled in the area. Substitute Danny Morrissey scored City’s fourth, his first of the season, with a neat volley as the game ticked towards the full-time whistle.
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The crowd of 3,204 had barely settled in their seats when the home side went in front.
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Beattie, who has made an immediate impact on the wing since his arrival from Sligo Rovers, raced clear down the right and found O’Sullivan at the near post in the six-yard box.
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The striker then neatly back-flicked the ball past the outstretched arm of Dean Delany to break the deadlock.
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Keen to build on their advantage, City pushed on with intent and O’Sullivan hit the crossbar with a header two minutes later; Sheppard supplying the ball from the left on that occasion.
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The Gypsies took a while to regain composure and their primary threat came down the right-hand side courtesy of Jake Kelly, who had a shot blocked by Kevin O’Connor in the 11th minute.
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The 25-year-old curled another decent effort just over Mark McNulty’s bar after 18 minutes, having escaped the attentions of Dan Murray and drifted inside towards the penalty spot, but the next goal would go the way of the men in green.
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O’Sullivan’s second goal had its roots in an excellent break forward by the Leesider’s captain. Dunleavy was felled 25 yards out, under the nose of referee Padraigh Sutton, and Liam Miller rolled the set piece to his in-form team-mate who blazed a low effort to the left-hand corner of the Bohs’ net.
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Beattie, Garry Buckley, and Sheppard in particular, were a bundle of energy for Caulfield’s side and it was 21-year-old Buckley that came inches away from making it three in the 42nd minute. Picking up a lovely ball from Sheppard, the midfielder took one touch before firing an effort that just grazed the outside of Delany’s post.
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There was no let up from the home side after the break. A wicked shot from Sheppard was tipped out for a corner on 49 minutes, before a knock down from Beattie saw Dunleavy blast a volley over three minutes later.
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Keith Buckley tried his luck from 30 yards just after the hour mark, having picked up a lost ball from namesake Garry, but McNulty was relieved to watch his effort sail wide.
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Kelly, a live wire for the Gypsies all evening, planted a free kick on the crossbar from just outside the box with 20 minutes remaining, and the hosts endured a nervy couple of minutes until City’s third goal arrived.
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Beattie was fouled by Dave Mulcahy as they battled to reach a throw in, and referee Sutton immediately pointed at the spot. In the continued absence of Billy Dennehy, it was Healy who placed the ball on the spot and the former Ireland international made no mistake to move City’s tally on to three.
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There was still time for substitute Morrissey to add another after 88 minutes. The young attacker volleyed a ball from Ross Gaynor with his first touch to find the corner of Delany’s goal and cap a superb night for his team.
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Cork City: Mark McNulty; Colin Healy, Dan Murray, Alan Bennett (Stephen Folan ’79), Kevin O’Connor; Gary Buckley, Liam Miller (Danny Morrissey ’79), John Dunleavy; Steven Beattie, Mark O’Sullivan, Karl Sheppard (Ross Gaynor ’58). Substitutes: John O’Flynn, Alan Smith, Michael McSweeney, Liam Kearney.
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Bohemians: Dean Delaney; Roberto Lopes, Derek Prendergast, Dave Mulcahy, Stephen Best; Jake Kelly (Jason Byrne ’81), Robbie Creevy, Eoin Wearen (Karl Moore ’46), Keith Buckley, Adam Evans (James O’Brien ’76); Ismahil Akinade. Substitutes: Jake Hyland, Kealan Dillon, Lee Steacy, Jason Caffrey.
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Referee: Padraigh Sutton.
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