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No sign of European hangover as Cork City demolish Derry to boost title bid

Their biggest league win of the season saw the Leesiders move to within a point of Dundalk at the top of the Premier Division table.

Cork’s Garry Buckley celebrates scoring a goal.
Cork’s Garry Buckley celebrates scoring a goal.
Image: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

Cork City 5

Derry City 0

Denis Hurley reports from Turner’s Cross

CORK CITY SHOWED no signs of a European hangover as they recorded their biggest league win of the season to move to within a point of Dundalk at the top of the Premier Division table.

Having only scored one goal in four games since the mid-season break, City notched five in the league for the first time in the current campaign as they built on a 2-0 half-time lead.

From the off, the home side were sharp as they moved the ball well, but Derry will rue an early opportunity, as Ronan Hale fired over when he was found unmarked from a good Jamie McDonagh cross.

A minute later, Garry Buckley had Cork in front with a fine finish after Barry McNamee and Karl Sheppard had combined and Keohane made it 2-0 after the half-hour mark, firing low past Ger Doherty, after Graham Cummins did well to hold up possession and lay the ball off.

Derry might have responded from a corner but Peter Cherrie – continuing to deputise for Mark McNulty — denied Gavin Peers and then Dan Seaborne, though at the other end, Cummins looked to have made it 3-0 only for a miraculous block on the line by Darren Cole.

Five minutes into the second half, Cummins was the creator of the third goal as he unselfishly squared for Buckley to tap in for his second.

After the hour, Damien Delaney made it four, heading in after Sheppard kept a McNamee corner alive and sub Ronan Coughlan marked his first league appearance for the Rebel Army with the fifth late on, chipping over Doherty after he had saved Steven Beattie’s shot.

CORK CITY: Peter Cherrie; Steven Beattie, Damien Delaney, Seán McLoughlin (Aaron Barry 69), Shane Griffin; Conor McCormack, Jimmy Keohane; Barry McNamee, Garry Buckley, Karl Sheppard; Graham Cummins (Ronan Coughlan 66).

DERRY CITY: Ger Doherty; Darren Cole, Gavin Peers (Eoin Toal 55), Dan Seaborne; Jamie McDonagh (Conor McDermott 55), Dean Shiels, Aaron Splaine, Aaron McEneff, Ben Fisk (Aidy Delap 66); Ally Roy, Ronan Hale.

Referee: Robert Hennessy (Clare).

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