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Sheppard's knack for goalscoring sees Cork make it 3 wins on the trot

The in-form striker found the back of the net on 22 minutes at Jackman Park.

Sherrard has four goals in his last three games.
Sherrard has four goals in his last three games.
Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Limerick 0
Cork City 1

CORK CITY SECURED their third win in three league games thanks to a Karl Sheppard header after twenty-two minutes at Jackman Park.

In what was a flat enough Munster derby, the Leesiders hit the front on 22 minutes. Good work from Billy Dennehy down the right created space. He whipped his cross to the back post towards Karl Sheppard – and he duly converted – looping his header past Conor O’Donnell.

Sheppard has really taken to his new home – that goal being his fourth in three games.

The visitors should have doubled their advantage on seventy minutes when struggling Limerick goalkeeper Conor O’Donnell made a near-fatal error.

Coming to collect a through ball, O’Donnell fluffed his clearance – allowing Mark O’Sullivan to nip the ball around him and shoot towards goal. However, O’Sullivan failed to convert into the open goal, sparing O’Donnell’s blushes, much to the frustration of the travelling support.

City keep the pressure on league leaders Dundalk, moving within four points of Stephen Kenny’s men, while winless Limerick prepare for their move to the Markets Field in June.

LIMERICK: Conor O’Donnell; Jason Hughes (Tony Whitehead, 44), Paudie O’Connor, Robbie Williams, Shane Tracy; Darragh Rainsford (Ross Mann, 73), Shane Duggan, Paul O’Conor, Ian Turner; Vinny Faherty (Sean Russell, 61); Dean Clarke.

CORK CITY: Mark McNulty; John Kavanagh (Michael McSweeney 64), Dan Murray, Darren Dennehy, Kevin O’Connor; Colin Healy, Liam Miller (Garry Buckley, 77), Gavan Holohan; Karl Sheppard (Liam Kearney, 88), Mark O’Sullivan, Billy Dennehy.

Man of the Match: Karl Sheppard.
Referee: Neil Doyle (Dublin).

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