Cork continue to impress
Bray Wndrs 0 Cork C 3:CORK CITY continued their climb up the Premier Division table with a convincing victory over Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds last night. Tommy Dunne’s impressive side had the perfect start when a cross from winger Daryl Horgan after four minutes was headed home by Tadhg Purcell from eight yards.
Bray did have an opportunity to draw level five minutes later when Cork defender Danny Murphy was shown the yellow card for a foul on Marty Waters. But the resulting free by Kevin Knight was confidently held by Mark McNulty.
Waters opened up the visitors’ defence on 27 minutes when supplying a perfect through ball to Seán Houston but his effort from 15 yards was brilliantly pushed out by the alert McNulty.
But Cork went close to stretching their lead when first a corner on the right by Gearóid Morrissey allowed Purcell to get in a header saved by Darren Quigley.
Cork deservedly had a second goal on 34 minutes when a Colin Healy cross was side-footed home by the unmarked Shane Duggan.
Waters went close to pulling a goal back for Bray three minutes before the interval. In added time of the first half Bray had another chance when a Jason Byrne free flew over the top.
Bray threw everything forward to get back into the game but the closest they came to breaking their deadlock was when a Dean Zambra free was headed into the arms of McNulty by Seán Houston.
The match was all over as a contest on 65 minutes when Purcell and Duggan set up Vinny Sullivan who rounded Quigley to plant the ball in the unguarded net.
The match ended in controversy when Kenny was sent off for a second yellow card offence after a foul on Quigley.
BRAY WANDERERS: Quigley; Doyle, D.OConnor, S OConnor (Mitchell 75), Massey; Waters, Houston. Mulroy, Zambra, Knight (Hanlon 45); Byrne (Hurley 70).
CORK CITY: McNulty; Healy, Kavanagh (K.Murray 79),Spillane, Murphy; Morrissey, Dunleavy, Duggan Horgan; Purcell (Kenny 75), Sullivan (O’Neill 66).
Referee: Damien Hancock (Dublin).