Cork City 1
Bray Wanderers 0
Denis Hurley reports from Turner’s Cross
CONOR MCCORMACK’S 22nd-minute was sufficient as League of Ireland champions Cork City signed off with victory over Bray Wanderers at Turner’s Cross.
Without a league victory since beating Finn Harps on 21 August, City never really looked like being denied the three points here, with Kieran Sadlier the creative hub, in the first half, especially.
It was the midfielder who was central to the goal, as his cross was half-blocked but fell only to McCormack, who produced a good finish. Karl Sheppard looked to have made it 2-0 soon after, however the flag had been raised before Stephen Dooley played him in.
Sadlier, McCormack and Sheppard all had chances before half-time and Connor Ellis was only denied a great opportunity by Jason Marks’ challenge two minutes into the second period.
Aaron Greene and Jason McCabe went close for Bray after that, but it was only a brief interruption to the game’s flow. Sadlier saw his shot brilliantly saved by Cherrie on 71, while the goalkeeper did well to deny Sheppard a chance too and saved from sub Garry Buckley late on,
City had done enough for the win; now the focus turns to the FAI Cup final against Dundalk.
CORK CITY: Mark McNulty; Conor McCarthy, Alan Bennett, Robbie Williams, Shane Griffin; Conor McCormack, Jimmy Keohane; Connor Ellis (Garry Buckley 66), Kieran Sadlier, Stephen Dooley; Karl Sheppard.
BRAY WANDERERS: Peter Cherrie; Calvin Rogers (Keith Rossiter 87), Hugh Douglas, Derek Foran, Karl Moore; Mark Salmon (Ger Pender 69), John Sullivan; Darragh Noone, Gary McCabe (Jake Ellis 80), Jason Marks; Aaron Greene.
Referee: Graham Kelly (Cork).
Subscribe to The42 podcasts here: