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Date: 7:45 p.m. Feb. 28, 2020
Venue: Turner's Cross
Att: 2,367

Alec Byrne 55' -
Scored: 55'



League Report: Cork City 1 - 0 Finn Harps

Sat, Feb 29 2020

Credit: Steve Alfred

Dylan O’Connell reports from Turners Cross

Alec Byrne’s second half goal led Cork City to a 1-0 victory over Finn Harps at Turners Cross,  giving the Rebel Army their first league win of 2020. 

Friday night’s loss in Cork, also meant that Finn Harps have lost their unbeaten start to the season, after previously beating Sligo Rovers and drawing with Derry City. 

City meanwhile, were one of the two clubs left in the league without a point or goal scored in 2020. This run has included the club’s worst loss in their history.  

A 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium last Friday, which was followed up with a 3-0 hammered in Dundalk last Monday. 

In front of a sizable home crowd, City looked nervous while Harps looked sharp for much of the first half. 

This led to Ollie Horgan’s men forcing a number of chances through the first half as the home side found their feet. 

Karl O’Sullivan was the main threat for Harps, with the forward forcing an excellent save from Liam Bossin early on. 

After Bossin could not hold a shot from Ruairi Harkin, Alex Kolger thought he had put Harps ahead with the rebound. 

The goal was rewarded, and in the middle of the celebrations, referee Neil Doyle consulted with his officials and as Bossin was stretchered off, the goal was disallowed. 

The second half saw City really click into their game plan, with Deshane Dalling and Daire O’Connor causing a number of problems for Harps in defence. 

The Rebel Army took the lead on the 54th minute when Alec Byrne pounced on a corner ball from Dylan McGlade, to head in passed McGinley. 

City thought they had scored a second midway through the half when Dalling burst down the left flank and fired towards goal, but in the spirit of the night the ball stopped in the puddles and muck on the goal line. 

Harps poured everything into an equaliser in the final moments. First, Kogler had a shot blocked on the line by Ronan Hurley, then a furious volley from David Webster spun wide. 

 

Cork City: Liam Bossin (Mark McNulty 45’), Henry Ochieng, Gearoid Morrissey, Dylan McGlade (Cian Murphy 88’), Daire O’Connor, Ronan Hurley, Alec Byrne, Kyron Stabana (Charlie Fleming 45’), Joe Redmond, Deshane Dalling, Joseph Olowu. 

Subs not used: Rob Slevin, Corey Galvin. Reyon Dillon, Beineon O’Brien Whitmarsh.

Bookings: Joseph Olowu. 

 

Finn Harps: Mark McGinley, Kosovar Sadiki, David Webster, Karl O’Sullivan (Cameron Saul 78’), Ruairi Harkin (Adrian Delap 90’), Barry McNamee, Shane McEleney, Mark Russell, Sam Todd, Ryan Connolly, Alex Kogler (Raff Cretaro 78’). 

Subs not used: Gareth Harkin, Leo Donnellan, Tony McNamee, Tom McDermott. 

Bookings: Kosovar Sadiki. 

 

Referee: Neil Doyle.

Attendance: 2367.

 

Cork City
Liam Bossin 21
Goalkeeper 45'
45Subbed Off: 45'
Ronan Hurley 14
Defender
Joseph Olowu 23
74Booked: 74'
Defender
Joe Redmond 20
Defender
Kyron Stabana 17
45'
45Subbed Off: 45'
Defender
Alec Byrne 16
55Scored: 55'
Midfielder
Deshane Dalling 22
Midfielder
© GearĂ³id Morrissey 6
Midfielder
Daire O'Connor 10
Midfielder
Henry Ochieng 5
Midfielder
Dylan McGlade 7
88'
88Subbed Off: 88'
Forward

Substitutes
Reyon Dillon 19
Forward
Charlie Fleming 2
45'
45Subbed On: 45'
Defender
Cory Galvin 11
Forward
Mark McNulty 1
45'
45Subbed On: 45'
Goalkeeper
Cian Murphy 24
88'
88Subbed On: 88'
Forward
Beineon O'Brien Whitmarsh 29
Forward
Rob Slevin 4
Defender
Finn Harps
1 Mark McGinley ©
Goalkeeper
16 Shane McEleney
Defender
17 Mark Russell
Defender
4 Kosovar Sadiki
Defender
40Booked: 40'
22 Sam Todd
Defender
5 David Webster
Defender
24 Ryan Connolly
Midfielder
8 Ruairi Harkin
Midfielder 90'
90Subbed Off: 90'
11 Barry McNamee
Midfielder
7 Karl O'Sullivan
Midfielder 72'
72Subbed Off: 72'
Alexander Kogler
Forward 72'
72Subbed Off: 72'

Substitutes
10 Raffaele Cretaro
Forward
20 Adrian Delap
Midfield
90Subbed On: 90'
90'
18 Leo Donnellan
Midfield
6 Gareth Harkin
Midfield
32 Tom McDermott
Goalkeeper
26 Tony McNamee
Midfield
9 Cameron Saul
Forward
72Subbed On: 72'
72'
72Subbed On: 72'
72'