Cork City secured successive league victories for the first time time this season by beating Bray Wanderers 2-0 at Turner's Cross tonight.
Goals from man of the match Keigan Parker and Gavin Kavanagh were offset by red cards for Ian Turner after 68 minutes for two bookable offences and Gearóid Morrissey after 88 minutes for a straight red.
It meant Cork City were forced to hang on in the end, although Bray never found a way through the home side's desperate defensive effort.
Both teams pitched up in the mood to score goals and neither showed themselves to be adroit at defending, which made for an exciting encounter.
Cork City had the better of the opening period. Scottish forward Parker emerged as the game's key figure. He knitted City's attacks together and provided a pacy outlet.
After 12 minutes he created the game's first good chance when his excellent cross from the right wing was headed wide by Vinny Sullivan.
After 21 minutes Parker played a cross-field ball to winger Daryl Horgan, who turned his defender inside out but shot wide.
City's goal owed much to their sharp counter-attacking. A Bray free-kick was half cleared to Sullivan after 32 minutes. He hooked the ball down the left wing where Parker scampered after it, played onside by Bray's Conor Early.
The former Scotland U-21 striker lifted the ball over 'keeper Darren Quigley to put City ahead.
Parker then released winger Horgan with a perceptive pass. He, in turn, found Ian Turner, who half volleyed against the post.
The second half began with City looking both dangerous and vulnerable.
City failed to profit from a sequence of good moves and when City turned over the ball in midfield after 56 minutes, Bray looked sure to score.
David Webster picked out captain Danny O'Connor but, with the goal at his mercy, he fired just wide.
City responded quickly. Within two minutes Gavin Kavanagh had powered a header home from an Ian Turner corner and the home crowd of 1,685 showed their relief.
The game died in intensity but Turner changed that by picking up a second yellow card after 68 minutes when he tripped Marty Waters on the edge of the box.
Little more occurred until Morrissey tangled with Adam Mitchell off the ball and received a red card. Captain Kevin Murray received a yellow for his vehement protestations but City held out.
Cork City: Mark McNulty, Ian Turner, Danny Murphy, Gavin Kavanagh, Gearóid Morrissey, Shane Duggan, Vinny Sullivan (Neal Horgan 94'), Keigan Parker (Davin O'Neill 69'), Kevin Murray, Kalen Spillane, Daryl Horgan (Garry Buckley 76').
Bray Wanderers: Darren Quigley, David Webster, Dane Massey, Adam Mitchell, Danny O'Connor (Yani Gorgiev 75'), Daire Doyle (Daire Doyle 68'), Kieran Waters, Dean Marshall (Adam Hanlon '60), John Mulroy, Shane O'Connor, Conor Early.