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Cork City 2-3 Limerick

Updated: Monday, 06 May 2013 22:52 | Comments

Limerick won the Munster derby 3-2 at Turner's Cross (pic Kevin Mulcahy) Limerick climb to fifth in the table (pic Kevin Mulcahy)
Limerick won the Munster derby 3-2 at Turner's Cross (pic Kevin Mulcahy) Limerick climb to fifth in the table (pic Kevin Mulcahy)

Limerick won an exciting Munster derby clash 3-2 against ten-man Cork City at Turner's Cross.

The home side struck the front from a Denis Behan shot after 13 minutes, but the visitors hit back with two headed goals in a two-minute spell.

First, centre-back Aaron Browne was on target, then striker Alex Bossekota put Limerick 2-1 ahead in the 28th minute.

Cork had defender Darren Dennehy sent off for a tackle on Shaun Kelly before the break, but they equalised in the 55th minute from Shane Duggan's fourth goal of the season.

Limerick midfielder David O'Leary struck the winner in the 72nd minute.

This was the first game in the second round of fixtures of the season, with the sides having drawn in the opening game of the campaign with a 0-0 stalemate at Thomond Park.

Both sides had lost their Friday night fixtures, with Cork showing three changes from the team that were beaten 2-0 at home by St Patrick's Athletic.

Defender Damien Dunleavy and striker Daryl Kavanagh were left out of the side due to illness and Ian Turner was on the bench. 

In came,experienced defender Neal Horgan, Danny Morrissey and striker Denis Behan, against the club he played with for two seasons.

Limerick, who lost to two late goals in Derry, made one change, with Craig Curran back from suspension replacing the injured Rory Gaffney.

It was Behan who was back to haunt his former team,when he fired Cork in front after 13 minutes.

Breaking through the middle, he fired a low shot from the edge of the penalty area beyond the diving Limerick goalkeeper Barry Ryan.

But the visitors struck a couple of identical goals in a two-minute spell. On 27 minutes a free kick from Cork-born midfielder O'Leary was headed to Mark McNulty's net by towering defender Browne.

Within seconds, another O'Leary free kick, from the same spot on the left touchline, was powerfully headed to the Leesiders net by Bossekota from 12 yards to give Limerick a 2-1 advantage.

It got worse for Tommy Dunne's side in the 43rd minute when centre-back Dennehy was shown a straight red card by referee Paul McLaughlin for a tackle on full-back Shaun Kelly. 

Cork brought on defender Shane Spillane with scorer Behan unlucky to leave the action as the home side went with just one player up front.

Despite playing with ten men, they equalised in the 55th minute.

A cross from the right from Gearóid Morrissey was headed across goal by Cork's lively young forward Danny Morrissey and there was Duggan to head home from six yards.

Limerick scored the winning goal in the 72nd minute. A cross broke in the penalty area for O'Leary and the Shannonsider's midfielder fired a shot to the net from 15 yards.

Cork had a great opportunity to level the match in the 87th minute but substitute Danny Furlong sent his shot over the crossbar with only goalkeeper Ryan to beat after the forward raced from near the half-way line.

Cork: Mark McNulty; Neal Horgan, Darren Dennehy, Dan Murray, Danny Murphy; Gearóid Morrissey, Shane Duggan, Colin Healy, Daryl Horgan (Ian Turner 81); Denis Behan (Kalen Spillane 43), Danny Morrissey (Danny Furlong 75).

Subs not used: Adam Rundle,Stephen Kenny,Gary Buckley,Kevin Burns.

Limerick: Barry Ryan; Shaun Kelly, Stephen Folan, Aaron Browne, Robbie Williams; Shane Tracy, Joe Gamble, David O'Leary (Jeffrey Judge 79) Danny Galbraith; Axel Bossekota (Darragh Rainsford 90), Craig Curran.

Subs not used: Brian O'Callaghan, Shane Costello, Val Feeney, Barry Sheedy, Shane Cusack.

Referee. Paul McLaughlin(Monaghan).

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