A tremendous second half hat-trick from Billy Dennehy saw Cork City put an indifferent first-half performance behind them to move to within four points of leaders Dundalk at the top of the Airtricity League Premier Division with a 4-1 victory over Drogheda United at Turners Cross last night.
Shane Long returns to his point of departure this evening when West Bromwich Albion visit Leeside to play Cork City in a friendly game which will be both a little nostalgia trip for the Republic of Ireland striker and also another chance to impress his club boss on the eve of a new Premier League season.
Daryl Kavanagh has rejoined former club St Patrick’s Athletic from Cork City, bringing to four the number of players who have left Turner’s Cross in recent days, following the departures of Denis Behan, Adam Rundle and, on loan to Waterford United, Danny Furlong.
Billy Dennehy stunned former club Cork City in the cruellest fashion possible with a stoppage-time goal as Shamrock Rovers twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw at Turner’s Cross to squeeze into the Setanta Sports Cup final on away goals.
After another late concession, which manager Tommy Dunne termed ‘stupid’, to let two points slip against Shelbourne on Friday, Cork City will be looking to pick themselves up as Shamrock Rovers come to Turner’s Cross for an evenly poised Setanta Cup semi-final second-leg tonight.
Pre-season games in early February don’t usually whet the appetite for fans of the domestic game, but Cork City are expecting a crowd of over 2,000 to pass through the gates when they entertain a Leeds United selection at Turner’s Cross tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).