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Ogbene double sees Cork hammer Youths and resign them to relegation play-off

Finn Harps are safe after the Leesiders put five unanswered goals past Shane Keegan’s side at Turner’s Cross.

Chiedozie Ogbene got two tonight.
Chiedozie Ogbene got two tonight.
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Cork City 5
Wexford Youths 0

TEENAGE STAR CHIEDOZIE Ogbene scored twice – and was unlucky not to have a hat-trick – as Cork City ended their home Premier Division programme with an emphatic win over Wexford Youths at Turner’s Cross tonight.

Ogbene had John Caulfield’s side two to the good inside ten minutes and, when the Rebel Army were awarded a late penalty for a foul on the winger, he took it himself but Graham Doyle saved.

It was the only blip on what was a comfortable night, though.

With the FAI Cup final coming up, City made seven changes from the win over St Patrick’s Athletic while Youths – who had to win to keep alive hopes of avoiding a promotion/relegation play-off with Drogheda United or Cobh Ramblers – had six alterations from the draw with Finn Harps.

Ogbene opened the scoring from Seán Maguire’s pass on seven minutes and then made it two soon after following build-up play by Stephen Dooley and Gavan Holohan.

Maguire, who drew a good save from Graham Doyle on 13 minutes, had the third goal after the half-hour, his 18th in the league and 28th in all competitions, while centre-back Conor McCarthy headed home the fourth from Dooley’s cross.

Early in the second half, Ogbene set up Holohan for 5-0 and, after Mark O’Sullivan twice went close, Ogbene was fouled for the spot-kick. He couldn’t convert, but the points were long since secured.

CORK CITY: Mark McNulty; Michael McSweeney, Conor McCarthy (Danny Morissey 69), Dave Mulcahy, John Kavanagh; Colin Healy, Gavan Holohan; Stephen Dooley (Ian Turner half-time), Seán Maguire (Cian Coleman half-time), Chiedozie Ogbene; Mark O’Sullivan.

WEXFORD YOUTHS: Graham Doyle; Aidan Friel, Eoin McCormack (Gary Delaney 75), Lee Chin, Conor Whittle; Shane Dempsey, John Bonner; Vincent Quinlan (Craig McCabe 71), Shane Dunne, Eoin Porter (Aidan Keenan 68); Danny Furlong.

Referee: James McKell (Tipperary).

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