Daryl Horgan’s brilliant individual strike late on handed manager Tommy Dunne’s side a much-needed victory going into the mid-season break
Cork City recorded a hard-fought victory over Drogheda United thanks to Daryl Horgan's solo goal 20 minutes from time, seeing them consolidate their place in midtable.
City, who kicked off their game in their newly released all white away strip, started slowly and Drogheda came within inches of taking an early lead through Cathal Brady. Brady did well to find space at the back post but he sent his close range effort just wide following a brilliant cross from Gary O’Neill.
The home crowd, disgruntled at their side's poor start, took to reminding their players that they were meant to be at home in a bid to help them push forward. It seemed to work as City striker Danny Morrissey almost broke the deadlock after 15 minutes but he lashed his effort over after being played in by Neal Horgan.
Drogheda continued to look the more dangerous and they almost snatched the lead midway through the half when some poor defending from the hosts allowed Philip Hand to get on the end of Gavin Brennan's long pass but he couldn’t squeeze his shot in past the advancing Mark McNulty.
Defender Michael Daly flicked a header from a Philip Hand corner just over shortly before the interval, while Cathal Brady thumped over as the ball broke to him at the edge of the City penalty area.
With the half time chorus of boos still ringing in their ears, Cork City began the second half by upping the tempo of their game and it almost reaped immediate dividends. Gearoid Morrissey’s in-swinging cross found Danny Furlong charging in at the back post but just when he looked certain to tap home from close range, he stood on the ball before having his second attempt deflected wide.
Shane Duggan and Daryl Horgan both came close to scoring for Cork but neither player’s effort caused the Drogheda keeper too many problems. The deadlock was finally broken in the 70th minute with Daryl Horgan produced scoring a fine individual effort. Horgan turned a couple of players inside out before expertly curling his shot over the keeper and into the far top left corner from the edge of the box.
City had a scare late on when Michael Daly missed a glorious chance to seal a point for his side as he headed over a from inside the six yard box. However, Cork City hung on to claim the three points to climb ahead of Drogheda and give them a boost in morale going into the mid-season break.