A HUGE RESULT for Dundalk tonight as they strretch their lead at the top of the table back to four points. Cork had some superb performances from the likes of Kenny Browne, Stephen Beattie and their heartbeat Greg Bolger but they couldn't do enough around the Dundalk area to claim any rewards from tonight's game.
John Caulfield's men will be bitterly disappointed but it's ecstacy at Oriel for Stephen Kenny and the Dundalk players as they dig out a crucial victory. I've been Tom O'Connor and Caoimhin Reilly's excellent report will be online shortly, from Oriel Park oíche mhaith.
Bends the free kick around the wall but Mc Nulty stops the effort and Cork scramble clear.
A minute to go here!
Paddy Barrett replaces Alan Keane for Dundalk. Shouts of "Keano, Keano" as the right back leaves the field. Martin O'Neill is in attendance- not the first time he's heard this chant!
Mulcahy is at right back with Beattie pushed forward on the right wing.
Ronan Finn waltzes through the Cork defence but is well shepherded out by Bolger and Boyle heads the corner wide.
Bennett again with an excellent tackle but Cork fail to make real progress and Ogbene is deemed to have fouled Keane in midfield.
Ogbene is on the left wing and O'Sullivan is up front with Maguire as Cork seek to claim a point at least.
Mc Millan and O'Donnell free Mountney down the right but his cross is scrambled clear by Mc Nulty.
The keeper does well to take another teasing cross and is bumped by Stephen O'Donnell. Niggly stuff from the Dundalk skipper.
Beattie swings in a cross but O'Sullivan is crowded out and his header lacks power.
FREE KICK EDGE OF THE AREA!
Bolger fouled Chris Shields. Horgan curls the free kick over the bar and the home fans aren't happy that Bolger remains on the field.
4136 here at Oriel Park tonight.
Mark O'Sullivan has been heavily involved in his early stages, could he be the Cork saviour tonight?
Chris Shields has dropped in front of his central defenders while Ronan Finn is now playing behind Mc Millan.
Game on here at Oriel Park as Dundalk force Cork back.
Mark O'Sullivan scores for Cork City. Beattie forced a cross into the box from the right hand side and O' Sullivan scrambled a right foot shot home from 12 yards which was deflected on its way into the corner of the net.
O'Sullivan has gone straight up front while Maguire has dropped deeper.
A few swift Cork passes are ended abruptly by a lash from Holohan which sails over the crossbar wastefully.
Bolger and O'Donnell tussle in midfield and the Dundalk captain wins the free kick.
Horgan steps up to a 30 yard free kick but skies it. He's forgiven by most of the locals.
John Caulfield's men were in the ascendancy for a decent portion of the half but it was their former winger Horgan who has been more clinical in front of goal than the current Rebel forwards. Stephen Kenny will be delighted with the score and how his new arrivals into the starting XI have performed.
We have an absolute classic of a second half in store!
Cork have dominated the ball in this first half but Dundalk have been more incisive in their attacks. It was a former Derry winger who was the matchwinner in Turner's Cross but it's another- in the shape of Mc Eleney who has been awesome tonight.
WHAT. A. GOAL.
Daryl Horgan scores for Dundalk. No disputing the scorer here as Horgan picked up the ball just inside the Cork CIty half, drove forward and hammered the ball right footed past Mc Nulty from the edge of the area.
Gartland has been heavily involved in the past few moments as his duel with Maguire has become more pronounced. Advantage to the defender so far but you can never write off the in form frontman.
Cork have O'Connor (left) and Beattie (right) on the flanks with Browne and Bennett in the centre of defence. Dooley (left) and Sheppard (right) are the wingmen with Bolger, Buckley and Holohan in the centre while Maguire is the lone frontman.
Mountney hacks clear following a Holohan break and the crowd roar their approval- delighted with the respite.
Kenny Browne takes the ball off a rampaging Horgan with a superbly timed dispossession.
OFF THE LINE!
Browne's header from a corner is slashed clear by O'Donnell and Dundalk escape.
Cork are knocking on the door but can't get through as Dundalk hold firm.
Mc Millan shoots straight at Mc Nulty following a Keane cross.
Horgan's cross is blocked by Bennett and the handball shouts ring out. Nothing but a corner given.
Dundalk's back 4 of Keane (right) and Massey (left) on the flanks with Boyle and Gartland in the centre. O' Donnell and Finn are in midfield with Mountney (right) and Horgan (left) on the wings. Mc Eleney is playing behind Mc MIllan.
The play has been all Cork so far with Mc Eleney's dancing feet the only real creative outlet for Dundalk. Holohan is dropping into space behind O'Donnell and Dooley is testing out Keane. No breakthrough for the Rebels so far.
Goal for Dundalk. 25 yards out, top corner! Mc Nulty's head got the final touch as it rebounded back out but it was a postage stamp of a right foot finish- right in the corner. Oriel Park has erupted!
CRUNCH! Bennett slides through Mc Eleney on the edge of the box but contact was minimal and the free was given.
Scrappy start here as Cork put the pressure on the home side. Nothing major of note except a few cheers as Sava catches a high ball.
The teams are out! Let's get this game on!
The teams are back in and the Shed is hopping, the Cork fans are waving their flags and the scene is set for a memorable game. Will Cork dominate as they did in the league encounter in June or will Dundalk take adavantage of a huge crowd and record a victory similar to the 2014 title encounter?
20 minutes until kick off and this ground is absolutely jam packed! The teams are still out warming up and the atmosphere is electric!
Just over a half an hour until kick off and there are so many questions to be answered in the two hours to come- will Stephen Kenny's brave decisions come back to haunt Dundalk or will he be proven correct? What about the returning Seán Maguire? He's in red hot form and scored a penalty on his last visit to Oriel Park.
One thing's for sure- it's going to be an absolute cracker!
T minus 15 minutes and counting. pic.twitter.com/yOUzjXIvG7— Tom O'Connor (@boscoisalive) October 11, 2016
T minus 15 minutes and counting. pic.twitter.com/yOUzjXIvG7
John Caulfield names an unchanged line up following their comprehensive victory away to Galway at the weekend. On the bench Dave Mulcahy replaces Ian Turner while ex Leeds United goalkeeper Eric Grimes takes the sub keeper's jersey in place of Matthew Connor.
45 minutes until kick off here and the crowd is gathering!
Some major surgery from Saturday's defeat to Sligo Rovers for the home team as Sava replaces Rogers, Keane displaces Gannon, Mc Eleney is in for Shields and John Mountney displaces Darren Meenan.
Big game and big calls from the manager.
Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Live Updates from a sodden Oriel Park as current league leaders Dundalk entertain second placed Cork City in a mouthwatering clash. Tom O'Connor (@boscoisalive) at the controls here tonight as we've 70 minutes until Kick Off.