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Monday 5 December 2016

Cork fail to close the gap

Bohs keeper Shane Supple is stretchered off during the match against Cork City at Dalymount. Photo: Sportsfile
Bohs keeper Shane Supple is stretchered off during the match against Cork City at Dalymount. Photo: Sportsfile

Cork City continued to falter in the wake of their Europa League exploits, following up their disappointing home defeat to Sligo Rovers on Monday with a frustrating scoreless draw against Bohemians.

Having taken just one point from a possible six, the result means that the Leesiders continue to trail Dundalk, who lost 2-1 against Bray Wanderers this week, at the top of the table, with a four-point gap between the sides.

The hosts should really have gone ahead midway through the first half when Sean Maguire cheekily dispossessed Derek Prendergast at the edge of the area. However, despite finding himself clean through on goal, the striker could not find the net, with Shane Supple's outstretched leg impressively keeping the score level.

Bohs spurned a rare opportunity to go ahead shortly before half-time when Jake Kelly's neat cut-back found Eoin Wearen outside the box, but the former West Ham youth's shot was tame and did not trouble Mark McNulty.

Stephen Best came to the rescue for Bohs on a number of occasions and he denied a certain goal when he cleared Michael McSweeney's fizzing volley off the line midway through the second half.

The incident saw Bohs keeper Supple get injured and he had to be stretchered off and he was replaced by Dean Delany.

With the two sides locked level as the game wore on into the closing stages, Cork were forced to endure double frustration as Sean Maguire was twice deemed to have been offside after finding the back of the net.

John Caulfield's side will look to recover when they host Derry City on Monday, while Bohemians will be keen to extend their unbeaten run to three against Sligo Rovers at Dalymount Park.

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