Substitute Darren Tinnelly’s late strike saves struggling Shelbourne, after Danny Murphy had given the Leesiders the lead
Darren Tinnelly’s late goal earned Shelbourne a vital point in their bid to avoid relegation as they held Tommy Dunne’s Cork City to another draw at Turners Cross.
The game began rather tamely with both sides seemingly cancelling each other out early on. City created the game's first opportunity after some neat build up from midfield. Colin Healy's fine pass played in Ian Turner down the right hand side before the right winger cut inside onto his left foot and fired just over the bar.
Shelbourne didn’t begin like a side who were struggling in the league and came close to grabbing the equaliser moments later. City keeper Mark McNulty needed to be alert to punch Stephen Hurley’s powerful long range attempt away from his goal. City could have taken the lead midway through the first half but after a sensational run through the heart of the Shelbourne defence, Daryl Kavanagh could only manage to roll his close range attempt just past the far post.
Daryl Horgan was next to threaten the visitor’s goal but he lashed over wildly after being played in by the composed Colin Healy. Despite Shelbourne having more of the ball, it was City who created the better opportunities and looked a constant threat when breaking at pace. It was from a counter-attack that Cork almost snatched the lead after yet some more fine play from Colin Healy, Ian Turner could only direct his shot narrowly past the left hand post despite being one on one with the keeper.
The game's sluggish tempo saw out the first half and continued into the 61st minute when Cork City finally capitalised. Left back Danny Murphy pounced on a loose ball in the box before drilling it low and under the Shelbourne keeper much to the chagrin of the Shelbourne manager who thought his side should have had a free-kick in the build up.
Daryl Horgan had good opportunities as he twice came close to scoring from distance. The first was a cheeky lob that curled just past the top right corner before thumping a long range strike narrowly wide from the edge of the area. The misses would prove costly for City as the last kick of the game saw substitute Darren Tinnelly's deflected strike flew into the net.
The draw leaves Shelbourne stranded at the foot of the table but they will be by far the happier side to have snatched the late point.