Colin Healy comes through for Cork City
Classy late goal sinks St Patrick’s Athletic at Turner’s Cross
Cork’s Colin Healy celebrates scoring his side’s winning goal against St patrick’s Athletic in the with Michael McSweeney and Mark O’Suullivan at Turner’s Cross. Photograph Inpho.
Cork City 1 St Patrick’s Athletic 0
An impressive Colin Healy strike proved a fitting finish to a fantastic game between Cork City and St Patrick’s Athletic.
Healy stole the points and the show with two minutes remaining with an audacious overhead kick from a half-cleared Billy Dennehy cross.
The game started brightly, with the hosts getting the better of the early running. Mark O’Sullivan had an early chance go wide before setting up John O’Flynn, denied only by Killian Brennan’s tackle.
Brendan Clarke had to be at his very best twice before the break, first he denied O’Sullivan at the back post before Dan Murray had a half-volley from a breaking ball superbly tipped wide by the in-form net minder.
The second half broke into life on the hour mark, Keith Fahey had two fantastic chances to put the visitors into the lead, first firing his shot from 18 yards out at Mark McNulty in the City net, before blasting the rebound over the bar.
At the other end, Morrissey flung himself at a O’Sullivan cross, but the ball bounced away from the Pat’s goal.
In the end it was Healy’s magic that decided the game, after Mark Quigley saw a second yellow on 78 minutes for a foul on O’Sullivan.
CORK CITY: McNulty; Dunleavy, McSweeney, Murray, Gaynor; Kearney (D Morrissey 54), G Morrissey, Healy, Dennehy (O’Leary 89); O’Flynn (O’Shea 71), O’Sullivan.
ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC: Clarke; Brennan, Browne, Bolger, Bermingham; McCormack, Fahey, Quigley, Greene (O’Brien 86); Byrne, Fagan.
Referee: Tomás Connolly.