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May 6, 2013 3:30 p.m. IST
Turner's Cross — Cork
Referee:‬ P. McLaughlin‎
Attendance:‬ 1851‎
 

Cork City 2-3 Limerick - O’Leary strike seals Munster Derby

Dave O’Leary’s second half goal sealed a crucial win for Limerick against Tommy Dunne’s struggling Cork City side.

By Andrew Horgan at Turners Cross

17 February 2011; David O'Leary, Limerick. Airtricity League Friendly, Dundalk v Limerick, Oriel Park, Dundalk, Co. Louth.
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Limerick edged out Cork City in a close encounter at Turners Cross, with goals from Aaron Browne, Axel Bossekota, and David O'Leary guiding the Blues to victory. Denis Behan opened the scoring for the hosts, while Shane Duggan was also on target for the Leesiders.

It was the hosts who began the game the better side and they were rewarded for their quick start when striker Denis Behan fired them into the lead after 14 minutes. Behan, who was handed a rare start in the absence of the ill Daryl Kavanagh, made no mistake when finding himself one on one with the keeper after an Aaron Browne error as he neatly slotted the ball into the bottom left corner.

City were guilty of resting on their laurels and they were punished to full effect as Limerick grabbed two quick fire goals to stun the Leesiders.  The equaliser came courtesy of Aaron Browne, who atoned for his early mistake by powering his header across the keeper and into the far corner after being picked out brilliantly by Dave O’Leary. Limerick’s second was a carbon copy of the first but this time it was Axel Bossekota who benefitted from another excellent cross from O’Leary and he directed his header past the helpless Mark McNulty and into the far left corner.

Things went from bad to worse for Cork as with the half drawing to a close they were reduced to 10 men as Darren Dennehy was dismissed for a dangerous tackle. Despite that disadvantage, City started the second half brightly and moments after Danny Morrissey shot narrowly wide from a tight angle, Shane Duggan headed in the equaliser from close range. A pin-point Gearoid Morrissey cross found Danny Morrissey unmarked at the back post and his neat header back across goal found Duggan who headed home.

As City pushed forward in attempt to retake the lead they were left vulnerable at the back and needed keeper Mark McNulty to produce a stunning save to tip former Leesider Joe Gamble’s low drive past the left hand upright. But it was McNulty who was at fault for the game’s deciding goal as his poor punch clear from a Shane Tracy cross allowed Dave O’Learyto turn and thump the loose ball into the net. Danny Furlong missed a glorious chance to snatch a point for Cork late on but he inexplicably blasted his effort over the bar with only the keeper to beat. 

The result leaves Tommy Dunne’s side struggling near the foot of the division after what can only be described as an awful first third to their league campaign.



Cork City

1
Mark McNulty
Goalkeeper
2.50
-
Danny Murphy
Defender
43′
3.00
5
Darren Dennehy
Defender
42′
1.50
17
Dan Murray
Defender
3.50
22
Neal Horgan
Defender
2.50
6
Gearóid Morrissey
Midfielder
3.00
9
Denis Behan
Midfielder
13′ 43′ 44′
2.50
-
Shane Duggan
Midfielder
56′
3.00
7
Colin Healy
Midfielder
3.00
-
Daryl Horgan
Midfielder
81′
2.00
15
3.50

Limerick F.C.

2.50
14
Barry Ryan
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
Shaun Kelly
Defender
65′
2.50
3
3.00
4
3.50
27
Aaron Brown
Defender
27′ 44′
4.00
-
4.00
21
David O'Leary
Midfielder
73′ 79′
3.50
20
Joe Gamble
Midfielder
3.00
11
Shane Tracy
Midfielder
3.00
7
3.00
19

Substitutes

15
Kevin Burns
Goalkeeper
 - 
16
2.00
11
Ian Turner
Defender
81′
2.00
-
Danny Furlong
Midfielder
77′
2.00
26
Garry Buckley
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 

Substitutes

2.50
1
Shane Cusack
Goalkeeper
 - 
17
 - 
-
2.00
-
Jeffrey Judge
Midfielder
79′
 - 
26
Val Feeney
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
16

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Declan 'Fabio' O'Brien Declan 'Fabio' O'Brien
Striker
Drogheda United
7 0
Chris Fagan Chris Fagan
Striker
St Pat's
6 0
William Dennehy William Dennehy
Midfielder
5 1
Daniel 'Dinny' Corcoran Daniel 'Dinny' Corcoran
Striker
Bohs
4 1
Philip Gorman Philip Gorman
Striker
Athlone Town
4 1