Monday 10th September 2007, 9:46 pm
10th September 2007
Cork City 4
John O'Flynn 11
Dan Murray 35
Leon McSweeney 71, 75
Shane McFaul 15
Referee : Damien Hancock
Cork leap-frogged both Bohemians and Sligo Rovers in the League of Ireland Premier Division table tonight to move into fourth place after a convincing 4-1 win over UCD at Turner's Cross.
The win breaths some much needed life into City's challenge to claim European or Setanta qualification through a league placing. Despite some early worries, Cork took control in the second half to run out comfortable winners.
John O'Flynn slotted in his eighth goal of the season to give Cork an eleventh minute lead. The striker converted after being played in by Irish international midfielder Colin Healy.
UCD responded quickly and were level on fifteen minutes. Shane McFaul - part of the Irish under-21 squad last week - beat a static City defence who called in vain for an offside decision as the College man nipped in on Timmy Purcell's through ball. Despite the best efforts of Neal Horgan on the line, McFaul's shot squeezed in to make it 1-1.
Cork regained their lead ten minutes before half time as Dan Murray got in on the end of Billy Woods' free kick to force the ball home.
O'Flynn went close again before the break but saw his effort come back off the post before he missed the target with the follow-up.
Cork goalkeeper Mark McNulty recovered from injury to play and he saved well as McFaul looked set for his second of the night shortly after half-time.
Leon McSweeney made it 3-1 just inside the closing twenty minutes and struck again in the seventy-fifth minute to put the game beyond UCD. McSweeney's first came after good build-up play from Horgan and Healy and his second came after a good flick-on from O'Flynn.
City could even afford to spring young goalkeeper Gary Philpott from the bench to give him his first senior outing before the end.
After the win, Cork now trail third placed St. Patrick's Athletic by just three points and have a game in hand on the Dublin club.
Cork City : McNulty (Philpott 90), Horgan, O'Callaghan, Murray, Woods, Gamble (Softic 88), Farrelly, Healy, Kearney, McSweeney (Behan 88), O'Flynn.
UCD : Quigley, Mahon, Kenna, McNally (McMillan 66), Bermingham, C Byrne, Crowley (Hynes 77), McFaul, McWalter (Finn 77), Purcell, Sammon.