Murray’s late intervention rescues Cork


Murray’s late intervention rescues Cork

Man of the match Dinny Corcoran looked to have earned Bohemians a deserved victory seven minutes from time when he expertly finished Jason Byrne’s cross for his second goal of the night, but Murray’s scrambled winner means the sides will have to do it all again at Dalymount Park on Monday night.

After an uneventful opening, the game burst into life in the 20th minute when Josh O’Shea got on the end of Billy Dennehy’s cross from the left but Aidan Price cleared off the line.

Two minutes later, Bohs keeper Dean Delany made a great stop to deny O’Shea, again from after another superb Dennehy cross and then got down well to save Mark O’Sullivan’s shot from outside the box.

The visitors should have gone in front in the 24th minute when Mark McNulty came for a ball outside his box and when he didn’t win it, the ball fell kindly for Eoin Wearen, who only had to slot the ball home from 20 yards but inexplicably put it wide.

It was end to end stuff now and Corcoran neatly cut inside from the right before curling a lovely effort which came back off the post and the same player volleyed the rebound wide.

O’Shea then hit the outside of the post from a tight angle before The Gypsies deservedly took the lead in the 32nd minute when Devaney played a nice pass to Corcoran, who rifled a left-footed shot into the bottom left corner of McNulty’s net from 15 yards.

Bohs looked the more dangerous side and should have scored again three minutes before the break but Corcoran volleyed Karl Moore’s cross over.

Cork, who were very suspect at the back, were almost caught again seven minutes into the second half when Steven Beattie played in Corcoran but Darren Dennehy got back to make a superb last-ditch tackle to deny the striker.

The home side were thrown a lifeline in the 70th minute when Buckley was adjudged to have upended the surging Dennehy and referee Paul McLaughlin pointed to the spot. Dennehy himself scored at the second attempt after Delany had saved his first effort.

Corcoran then looked to have grabbed the winner until Murray’s intervention.

CORK CITY: McNulty; McSweeney (J Kavanagh 77), Murray, D Dennehy, Dunleavy; O’Shea (D Morrissey 54), G Morrissey, Buckley (Morrison 81), Healy, B Dennehy; O’Sullivan.

BOHEMIANS: Delany; Buckley, Byrne, Price, Beattie; Devaney, Wearen, Mulcahy, Moore; Corcoran, Byrne.

Referee: Paul McLaughlin (Monaghan).

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