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Behan bashes nine-man Drogs as City go top

Cork City 2 Drogheda United 0
By Edward Newman
CORK CITY got their first home game of the season off to a stuttering start and had to work hard to overcome nine man Drogheda United in the Setanta Cup at Turner’s Cross last evening.

United had their two most influential performers red-carded in the 75th and 76th minutes during a period when they toiled relentlessly to pull back a 1-0 deficit.

If anything the visitors certainly deserved to leave with a goal after playing some of the better football.

But a beautiful half volley from Denis Behan thirteen minutes into the second half gave the home side the kick-start they needed to raise their game above the mediocre.

Despite topping the group, manager Damien Richardson will need to address the midfield imbalances of his side.

City took control early on and four minutes in, good passing from Roy O'Donovan and John O'Flynn allowed Colin O'Brien float in a dangerous cross, but Dan Connor was alert and punched clear.

Then O'Brien had claims for a penalty ignored by stand-in referee Alan Kelly after Shane Robinson looked to have tripped the City midfielder.

George O'Callaghan then went close when he whipped in an in-swinging free from the left which scraped the outside of the post.

As the half progressed, Drogheda came more into proceedings Robinson played a delightful through ball to Damien Lynch but Bennett was in the correct position to make a vital interception. Drogheda pressed in the last fifteen minutes of the half Gavin Whelan played a superb ball to Shane Barrett and the striker struck a thunderous drive just over the bar.

Drogheda perhaps deserved a goal for the quality of some of their attacking and four minutes after the restart they almost got their reward. Keith Fahey set Shane Barrett off down the right wing and, after turning in a fine cross, Robinson's shot rose agonisingly over Devine's crossbar.

Against the run of play, City struck with a goal of top quality in the 58th minute. A ball from O'Brien from the right hopped on the edge of the penalty box, Steven Gray hesitated and Denis Behan volleyed a sublime effort to the top left hand corner.

Drogheda pressed but were then reduced to nine men by the 76th minute two sent off within one minute. First Bradley received a straight red for a kick at Behan and then a late tackle from Fahey (who was just yellow carded for dissent over Bradley's sending off) on Murphy saw Kelly dish out another red.

Cork now looked like cutting Drogs to pieces and in the 80th minute a cross from Gamble on the right was deflected by Jason Gavin into his own net.

CORK CITY: Devine; Horgan, Bennett, Murray, Murphy; O'Donovan (McCarthy 90), O'Brien, O'Callaghan, Gamble; O'Flynn (Fenn 83) Behan.

DROGHEDA: Connor; Lawlor, Gray, Gavin, Webb; Robinson, Bradley, Whelan, Fahey; O'Brien (Fitzpatrick 65) Barrett (Keegan 83).

Referee: A Kelly (Cork)

In last night's other Group A match, a penalty five minutes from time from Rodney McAree earned Dungannon Swifts a point in their game with Portadown.

John Convery had given the Ports a first half lead but the home side fought back to claim their first point in the competition and join Portadown on one point.

 

Behan bashes nine-man Drogs as City go top

Cork City 2 Drogheda United 0
By Edward Newman
CORK CITY got their first home game of the season off to a stuttering start and had to work hard to overcome nine man Drogheda United in the Setanta Cup at Turner’s Cross last evening.

United had their two most influential performers red-carded in the 75th and 76th minutes during a period when they toiled relentlessly to pull back a 1-0 deficit.

If anything the visitors certainly deserved to leave with a goal after playing some of the better football.

But a beautiful half volley from Denis Behan thirteen minutes into the second half gave the home side the kick-start they needed to raise their game above the mediocre.

Despite topping the group, manager Damien Richardson will need to address the midfield imbalances of his side.

City took control early on and four minutes in, good passing from Roy O'Donovan and John O'Flynn allowed Colin O'Brien float in a dangerous cross, but Dan Connor was alert and punched clear.

Then O'Brien had claims for a penalty ignored by stand-in referee Alan Kelly after Shane Robinson looked to have tripped the City midfielder.

George O'Callaghan then went close when he whipped in an in-swinging free from the left which scraped the outside of the post.

As the half progressed, Drogheda came more into proceedings Robinson played a delightful through ball to Damien Lynch but Bennett was in the correct position to make a vital interception. Drogheda pressed in the last fifteen minutes of the half Gavin Whelan played a superb ball to Shane Barrett and the striker struck a thunderous drive just over the bar.

Drogheda perhaps deserved a goal for the quality of some of their attacking and four minutes after the restart they almost got their reward. Keith Fahey set Shane Barrett off down the right wing and, after turning in a fine cross, Robinson's shot rose agonisingly over Devine's crossbar.

Against the run of play, City struck with a goal of top quality in the 58th minute. A ball from O'Brien from the right hopped on the edge of the penalty box, Steven Gray hesitated and Denis Behan volleyed a sublime effort to the top left hand corner.

Drogheda pressed but were then reduced to nine men by the 76th minute two sent off within one minute. First Bradley received a straight red for a kick at Behan and then a late tackle from Fahey (who was just yellow carded for dissent over Bradley's sending off) on Murphy saw Kelly dish out another red.

Cork now looked like cutting Drogs to pieces and in the 80th minute a cross from Gamble on the right was deflected by Jason Gavin into his own net.

CORK CITY: Devine; Horgan, Bennett, Murray, Murphy; O'Donovan (McCarthy 90), O'Brien, O'Callaghan, Gamble; O'Flynn (Fenn 83) Behan.

DROGHEDA: Connor; Lawlor, Gray, Gavin, Webb; Robinson, Bradley, Whelan, Fahey; O'Brien (Fitzpatrick 65) Barrett (Keegan 83).

Referee: A Kelly (Cork)

In last night's other Group A match, a penalty five minutes from time from Rodney McAree earned Dungannon Swifts a point in their game with Portadown.

John Convery had given the Ports a first half lead but the home side fought back to claim their first point in the competition and join Portadown on one point.