Cork City traveled to the Bellfield Bowl to face UCD after a defeat to St. Pats the previous Monday and things didn’t get much better as the lowly students who lie in tenth spot in the league beat Cork 3-1.
So two defeats in a row and six games without a win things were starting to look quite gloomy for City Supporters, especially with an in-form fourth-place in the table Drogheda United coming to Turners Cross on Monday night.
Most City fans were going to the game out of unending loyalty, with little hope of a result, Along with RVP making his debut and being a Monday night there wasn’t a big crowd, with just 1,300 turning up.
But our Loyalty paid off with a very entertaining game, starting off with a Vinny Sullivan tap in on the back post as neither the Drogs keeper or defenders could clear it and hitting off the post before the tap in.
Drogs equalisied shortly before half time with a very good shot from the corner of the penalty box.
Center back Kevin Murray put Cork back in the lead five minutes into the second half before Drogs were given a controversial penalty which at first seemed like an offside cross with the City keeper catching the ball but deemed to have taken down the Drogs player, according to the ref anyway.
Mark McNulty got his marching orders and sub keeper Burns steeped up to try and save the penalty without success.
City down to 10 men but outraged with the injustice didn’t lie back but pushed Drogheda and with a Danny Murphy free kick which first hit the post Vinny Sullivan finished to put Cork ahead for the third time in the game.
But City then had to hold onto the lead with just 10 men; Drogheda did have a few off target attempts and an injury to one of their midfielders as he lunged for a tackle and did serious damage to himself in doing so.
Cork had a few counter attacks and could nearly have finished Drogheda off but it Finished 3-2 and City are in good form before the FAI cup tie away to league champions Shamrock Rovers at the Tallaght Stadium on Friday night which will be screened live on RTE2 and RTE2HD.
If Cork can play like they did last night they will have a good chance against an under-par Shamrock Rovers.
Hear an interview with City manager after the game thanks to Starfmwestcork.com ‘s Star Sports HERE.