Airtricity League round-up: Title race gains momentum as Cork close the gap

The League of Ireland title race has been given some fresh momentum after wins tonight for both Cork City and Derry City.

Cork have now moved to within a point of Dundalk at the top of the table after a commanding 4-0 win over Bray Wanderers at Turners Cross.

Goals from Gearoid Morrissey, Gavan Holohan, Kenny Browne and Sean Maguire helped the Leesiders to increase the pressure on the league leaders, who have played one game less.

Cork City's Sean Maguire shoots past Bray Wanderers' Peter Cherrie to score from the penalty spot at Turners Cross. Picture: Denis Minihane
Cork City's Sean Maguire shoots past Bray Wanderers' Peter Cherrie to score from the penalty spot at Turners Cross. Picture: Denis Minihane

Derry have kept themselves in the title hunt and have also damaged the hopes of Shamrock Rovers after the Candystripes battled their way to a 1-0 win over Rovers at the Tallaght Stadium.

Rory Patterson's first-half goal was enough for Derry to move to within two points of the summit.

Elsewhere, Dundalk have sailed into the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup.

The Lilywhites thrashed Leinster Senior League side Crumlin United 5-0 at Oriel Park.

Chris Shields scored twice for Stephen Kenny's side as they booked their place in the last-eight.


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