Dennehy hat-trick sparks Cork revival
A Billy Dennehy second-half hat-trick sparked a Cork City turnaround at Turner's Cross last night, as they ran out 4-1 winners against Drogheda United.
John Caulfield's men lacked fluency for much of the encounter and didn't take control of proceedings until the second half, against a Drogheda side which finished with nine men.
Having trailed to Lee Duffy's goal at half-time, City found a response when Gavan Holohan's driving run at his former side's defence yielded a free kick in the 52nd minute.
Billy Dennehy stepped up to curl a lovely shot past the helpless Micheál Schlingermann and 13 minutes later the hosts were in front.
After Mark O'Sullivan's header was deflected wide, Dennehy turned creator as Karl Sheppard steered his corner home.
Seán Thornton and Lee Dunne had chances saved but the loss of Shane Dunne to a red card for a foul on John Kavanagh hampered Drogheda.
On 81, City were awarded a penalty when sub Garry Buckley's shot was rather harshly adjudged to have been handled by Alan Byrne, who was dismissed for a second booking. Dennehy stroked home the spot kick to put the game beyond doubt and completed his hat-trick at the death.
The home side had fallen behind in the ninth minute when Schlingermann cleared long to Daryl Kavanagh, who fed Cathal Brady and he in turn placed Duffy to finish from close range.
Cork City 4 Drogheda 1