By Owen Thornhill

A disappointing week for Cork City losing to Shamrock Rovers at home for the first time in 10 years after being dumped out of the cup by the same team the previous Friday night.

City did start brightly though with Ian Turner getting the opening goal with good build up play from Keigan Parker, Daryl Horgan and of course Ian Turner.



Shamrock Rovers then came into the game taking the lions share of possession with a succession of corners which Cork done well to deal with but couldn’t get out of their half for a while until Daryl Horgan made a good run before his shot went slightly over the bar.



But the hard working Keigan Parker done well to get a first time volley coming over his shoulder but went straight against the keeper, it came back to him but his rushed rebound shot went over the bar and city were punished a few minutes later with a Rovers corner where Ronan Finn got the final touch to make things level going into half time.



In the second half the champions continued with all the possession with rare City counter attacks.

Neal Horgan had conceded a free kick not far outside the box which was dispatched by Gary McCabe to give the Tallaght club the lead, city never really looked like scoring after that, Keigan Parker was taken off after a dogged performance which seemed to tire the Scot out.



Cork finished in a 3-4-3 formation but were unable to make many chances and in the end it was the Tallaght club who took all three points for the first time in over 10 years in Cork.



City travel to Derry next Friday and will need to pick up a few points if they want to get into the top six for a Setanta Cup spot for next season.



Only three points behind Bohemians and five points behind Derry it is still a realistic goal.


Interview with Cork City Manager will be on Star Sports on on Sunday 6-8pm.