A goal after 28 seconds - but it was late, late drama that decided the points in Cork v Sligo

Cork went 2-0 up at Turner’s Cross … but the evening was anything but straightforward from that point on.

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Updated at 08.15

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CORK CITY MOVED back up to second place in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division as Mark O’Sullivan struck for an 88th-minute winner at Turner’s Cross.

Having let a two-goal lead slip when Sligo Rovers sub Kevin Devaney equalised, City pushed forward in a bid to avoid a third consecutive game without victory and O’Sullivan’s low finish provided the spark.

City had been set on their way inside 28 seconds, when Karl Sheppard got on the end of Dan Murray’s clearance and slipped the ball past Richard Brush.

When the excellent Gavan Holohan was fouled for an 11th-minute penalty, Sheppard’s shot was at a nice height for Brush.

Sheppard did make it 2-0 on the half-hour as he sent home the rebound after Liam Miller’s shot hit the post, but Sligo pulled a goal back before half-time.

It was almost their first attack, but John Russell managed to get enough on Steven Beattie’s low cross.

The hosts didn’t have as much attacking verve in the second half, though Holohan did head a corner off the bar and over. Devaney looked to have made them pay as he prodded home after a scramble from a corner, but O’Sullivan had the final say.

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CORK CITY: Mark McNulty; John Kavanagh, Dan Murray, Darren Dennehy, Kevin O’Connor; Colin Healy, Liam Miller; Kieran Djilali (Billy Dennehy 70), Gavan Holohan (Danny Morrissey 82), Karl Sheppard (Rob Lehane 85); Mark O’Sullivan.

SLIGO ROVERS: Richard Brush; Alan Keane (Rafael Cretaro 90), Gary Boylan, Stephen Folan, Jake Dykes (Danny Ledwith half-time); David Cawley, Eoin Wearen; Steven Beattie, John Russell, Sander Puri (Kevin Devaney 70); Dinny Corcoran.

Referee: Robert Harvey (Dublin).

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