By Denis Hurley
Three goals in four second-hand minutes secured a comfortable victory for SSE Airtricity League Premier Division leaders Cork City away to Bray Wanderers on Friday night.
In front of 669 people at the Carlisle Grounds, the reigning champions were never troubled and dominated throughout, with Seán McLoughlin’s eighth-minute goal giving them a cushion.
From a free kick by Barry McNamee on the right, McLoughlin got his head to the ball and though it was off-target, he converted from close range when Graham Cummins sent the ball back into the goalmouth.
The lively Kieran Sadlier went close more than once in the first half while Jake Kelly had the home side’s only real chance, drawing a save from Mark McNulty on 27 minutes.
City weren’t as fluent early in the second half and Bray felt that they might have had a penalty on 54 minutes when Daniel Kelly went down under Gearóid Morrissey’s challenge but none was accruing and the visitors soon settled again,
They had a second goal when Barry McNamee linked well with Kieran Sadlier before sending a low shot from outside the area across the dive of Aaron Dillon and into the bottom right corner.
Then, two minutes later it was 3-0 when Sadlier’s free kick from the left appeared to go all the way to the net, though McLoughlin might have had got a touch. However, there was no doubting that the fourth goal was Sadlier’s, a 30-yarder which flew over Dillon and dipped down under the crossbar.
There were more chances, with Graham Cummins going close twice, but the Rebel Army will be more than happy with their night’s work.
BRAY WANDERERS: Dillon; Douglas, Kenna, McGovern; D Kelly, Sullivan, Noone, J Kelly (Galvin 73); Greene, McCabe.
CORK CITY: McNulty; McCarthy, Barry, McLoughlin (Horgan 72), Griffin (Adebayo Rowling 76); McCormack, Morrissey; McNamee, Keohane (Sheppard 60), Sadlier; Cummins.
Referee: B Connolly (Dublin).
Elsewhere, Dundalk and Waterford remain just a point back from the leaders.
Dundalk are still yet to concede a goal this season, defeating Bohemians 3-0 at Oriel Park, with goals for Pat Hoban, Sean Gannon, and Michael Duffy.
Waterford maintained their good start to the season with a 2-0 Munster derby win away to Limerick.
Paul Keegan of Waterford FC celebrates after scoring his side's second goal in their 0-2 win at Limerick pic.twitter.com/yNkp95bIUr— Sportsfile (@sportsfile) March 30, 2018
Shamrock Rovers got back to winning ways, with a Daniel Carr goal enough for a 1-0 win against Sligo Rovers.
Derry City were 2-1 winners against St Pats at the Brandywell, with an Aaron McEneff double earnig the Candystripes all three points.
After a very nervy finish and a City goal line clearance. It's all over.