Cork battle back to stun Longford

Saturday 15th September 2007, 1:27 am

Denis Behan, Cork City.

Denis Behan, Cork City.

Photo by Tom Carey.

14th September 2007

eircom League of Ireland Premier Division

Cork City 3

Denis Behan 18, 38

Leon McSweeney 65

Longford Town 2

Colm James 7

Sean Prunty 10

Turner's Cross

Referee : Paul Tuite

Cork City came from behind to secure an impressive and very important win over still bottom Longford Town in the Premier Division of the League of Ireland at Turner's Cross on Friday night.

Longford stunned the home side by taking a two goal lead inside the opening ten minutes - making light of top scorer Dave Mooney's suspension.

Colm James put them ahead after seven minutes after an shot from Gary Deegan had been parried by Cork keeper Mark McNulty. James reacted quickest to force the ball in.

McNulty then mis-judged Sean Prunty's long range drive as the ball eluded him and ended up in the net to stun the home support.

Cork did not lie down feeling sorry for themselves though and Denis Behan grabbed a goal back on 18 minutes. The striker turned and fired home after Billy Woods had found him with a low cross into the box.

Behan went close when a header hit the Longford bar before he levelled matters in the closing minutes of the first half. Shay Kelly saved Liam Kearney's initial shot but Behan was loitering to level matters up as the teams went in at half time.

Leon McSweeney scored what proved to be the winner for the home side on 65 minutes as he slotted home from close range after getting in on the end of Joe Gamble's cross.

Longford finished the game with ten men after captain Damien Brennan was sent off after collecting his second booking for a foul on Kearney.

The win leaves Cork fourth and well placed to pounce for a place in the top three.

Cork City : McNulty, Lordan, Murray, O'Callaghan, Woods, Healy, Gamble, Farrelly, Kearney, Behan, McSweeney (Murphy 90).
Longford Town : Kelly, Sullivan, Prunty, Brennan, Doherty, Freeman, Deegan (Martin 35), James, Ryan, Duffy, Baker.

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