Cork City establish lead at top after win over Limerick

Sligo Rovers host Bohemians with both sides looking for points to ease relegation fears

LIMERICK FC suffering a frustrating 2-1 defeat to table toppers Cork City in their SSE Airtricity League Premier Division fixture before an attendance of 3,516 at Turner's Cross on Saturday.

And it was the home side that created the first opportunity here but Graham Cummins could only fire his strike wide of the near post from a hard angle.

The spot-kick came in the ninth minute after the returning Steven Beattie was pulled back by Killian Cantwell following a driving run, however Karl Sheppard's penalty was well saved by Brendan Clarke.

Referee: T Connolly (Dublin).

Blues boss Tommy Barrett made three changes to his starting line-up from the team that lost 3-0 to Derry City at the Markets Field on Monday night.

Having fallen behind to Danny Morrissey's opener, the league champions levelled immediately through Graham Cummins but it wasn't until the 70 minute that the lead goal arrived.

It wasn't until the beginning of the second period that City would next threaten the Limerick goal but after good work down the left involving Sadlier and Barry McNamee, Garry Buckley's goal-bound strike from the latter's cross was superbly blocked by the recovering defence.

While City had the better of the play after the restart, Limerick sub Mark O'Sullivan could have put them back in front just after he was brought on but his shot rolled just past Mark McNulty's post.

When Kieran Sadlier did well to hold the ball on the left-hand side, O'Hanlon, on for Barry McNamee just moments beforehand, was there to meet his cross at the back post and the home side saw the game out from there.

Limerick are also level on points with eighth-placed Bohemians.

LIMERICK FC: Brendan Clarke, Kilian Cantwell, Tony Whitehead, Cian Coleman, Eoin Wearen, Shane Duggan (Capt), Danny Morrissey (Mark O'Sullivan 64), Conor Clifford, Will Fitzgerald (Karl O'Sullivan 34), Billy Dennehy, Darren Dennehy (Barry Maguire 46).



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