Cork fight back to claim draw against Bray

Monday 27th August 2007, 10:05 pm

Leon McSweeney, Cork City.

Leon McSweeney, Cork City.

Photo by Tom Carey.

27th August 2007

eircom League of Ireland Premier Division

Cork City 2

John O'Flynn 71

Leon McSweeney 82

Bray Wanderers 2

Andrei Georgescu 9

Patrick Kavanagh 50

Turner's Cross

Referee : Marc Gough

Live on Setanta Ireland

Cork City came from two goals behind with twenty minutes remaining to claim a 2-2 draw with Bray Wanderers at Turner's Cross tonight. Goals from Andrei Georgescu and Patrick Kavanagh had put Bray ahead.

However, Cork fought back with John O'Flynn and Leon McSweeney grabbing goals back in the closing twenty minutes.

Bray got the perfect start by taking the lead inside the opening nine minutes. Following a good save by goalkeeper Chris O'Connor to keep out O'Flynn's scuffed shot, Bray broke quickly and Kavanagh squared for Georgescu to slip the ball home from close range.

Billy Woods headed wide from a good position as Cork went in search of an equaliser but the home side could well have gone two behind if Alan Cawley's dipping long range shot had not dropped short and into the grateful grasp of Mark McNulty.

Georgescu hooked a volley off target after the half hour from close range after a Bray free kick had seen the ball break kindly off Dan Murray to create the chance. Less than a minute later, Mark Duggan drilled a shot off target after Georgescu and Stephen Fox had combined to play the ball into his path.

Cork had good shouts for a penalty just before the break when McSweeney went down after an apparent trip from Cronin just inside the area. However, referee Marc Gough waved away the home protests as half-time arrived.

Kavanagh made it 2-0 just five minutes into the second half after another quick Bray break. Fox played the speedy winger through and faced by Cork keeper McNulty, Kavanagh slotted home.

Cork went agonisingly close to getting a goal back instantly but O'Flynn somehow headed against the post after O'Connor had flapped at a Woods cross. The Bray goal survived the ensuing scramble and it looked as though it wouldn't be Cork's night.

Liam Kearney went close twice after the hour but missed the target and brought a save from O'Connor.

Bray's schedule had seen them travel to Derry on Friday before tonight's trip south to Cork and the travelling caught up with them in the closing minutes. Cork got a goal back on 71 minutes when O'Flynn powered home a header from Kearney's pin-point cross.

Having created the first, Kearney also set up the second. Tearing in behind the Bray defence, he cut back for McSweeney whose 82nd minute shot crept past O'Connor and Cronin before finding the net off the base of the upright.

With Cork chasing for the winner that would keep them in the European race, Bray held on and both sides had chances to win.

Cawley had a shot blocked behind from inside the box while Kearney just missed the Bray goal with a driven curling shot from inside the the Bray area. O'Connor then had to save with his feet to deny Colin Healy a stoppage time winner.

Cork move up to fourth after picking up a point although their game in hand would not now see them overtake anyone else in the table. Bray are still third from bottom but the draw puts four points between themselves and second from bottom Waterford.

Cork City : McNulty, Horgan, Ryan (Behan 53), Murray, O'Callaghan, Gamble, Healy, Kearney, Woods, McSweeney, O'Flynn.
Bray Wanderers : O'Connor, Ivory, Cronin, Kenny, Delaney, Cawley, Duggan (Hurley 67), O'Shea (Broderick 76), Kavanagh, Fox, Georgescu (Onwubiko 90 +2).

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