Davin O’Neill’s second hat-trick of the season saw Cork City maintain their recent run of good form with a deserved victory following late drama against UCD at a wet Turner’s Cross last night.
UCD equalised for the second time 11 minutes from time but two late O’Neill goals saw Cork pick up their 10th point out of the last 12 on offer.
The home side started the brighter on the slick surface and had two good chances to go in front early on. O’Neill and Vinny Sullivan going close.
The opening goal duly arrived on 13 minutes when Sullivan’s low cross was neatly controlled by Daryl Horgan and his superb chip beat Mark McGinley.
The students hit back immediately when John Dunleavy was adjudged to have tripped Chris Lyons in the box and Graham Rusk converted the penalty.
O’Neill then got City back in front with a neat finish after beating Hugh Douglas on the byline — the assistant giving the goal as David O’Connor hacked the ball away from behind the line.
O’Connor looked like he might have stolen a point when he equalised 11 minutes from time but O’Neill’s penalty put City back in front immediately.
O’Neill then completed his hat-trick in injury time after pouncing on a fumble by McGinley.
CORK CITY: McNulty; Healy, Spillane, Dunleavy, Murphy; D Horgan (Turner 71), Duggan, G Morrissey, O’Neill; Purcell, Sullivan (Kenny 90).
UCD: McGinley; Douglas, O’Connor, Leahy, Ledwith; Rusk, Corry, O’Conor, Benson (Belhout 84), Burke (Nangle 45); Lyons.
Referee: J McKell (Clonmel).
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