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Wednesday 16 January 2019

Cork stay in title race

CORK CITY have kept up the pressure on Premier Division title favourites Dundalk by reducing their lead at the top of the table to three points.

A Rob Lehane (right) goal in the second half was enough to give John Caulfield's Cork a 1-0 away to Limerick FC in the Munster derby at Thomond Park yesterday.

It was only the second league goal of the season for Lehane, a second half sub for veteran winger Liam Kearney, but a superb strike from the midfielder 13 minutes from time did the trick, making this three defeats in four games now for Martin Russell's Limerick, with Blues keeper Barry Ryan a busy man as he pulled off a fine save earlier to deny former Kerry minor star Billy Dennehy.

The win helps Cork keep in touch with leaders Dundalk - just a three-point gap now - and also boosts City's hopes of at least a second-place finish as Cork are now five points ahead of reigning champions St Patrick's Athletic.

While there is a Dublin derby tomorrow, Bohemians hosting Shamrock Rovers, the focus in the title race moves on to Friday as Dundalk travel to UCD while Cork host a manager-less Sligo Rovers, who had a disappointing home defeat to Drogheda.

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