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Tuesday 23 October 2018

Leesiders’ title hopes on track

Cork City 5 Derry City 0

JOY: Cork celebrate Garry Buckley’s opener. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
JOY: Cork celebrate Garry Buckley’s opener. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Cork City's Premier Division title hopes are back on track after last night’s morale-boosting victory against Derry City at Turner’s Cross.

Goals from Garry Buckley (2), Jimmy Keohane, Damien Delaney and Ronan Coughlan brought the Leesiders to within one point of leaders Dundalk, although the Lilywhites do have a game in hand.

Cork started much the stronger, with Keohane and Barry McNamee failing to capitalise on decent opportunities in the opening ten minutes.

They took the lead through Buckley in the 19th minute – and never looked back from there.

Having been played through on goal following a neat build-up, Buckley made no mistake with a high and powerful finish to the net.

Cork went into this game boosted by the possibility of a mouthwatering Europa League showdown against Celtic next month.

Elite

However, it’s the Champions League that the Rebels want to be in and, in order to get another crack at Europe’s elite competition next season, they need to retain their SSE Airtricity League title.

Cork's Damien Delaney celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Cork's Damien Delaney celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Their recent defeat to Dundalk, which was followed up by a home draw against Shamrock Rovers, put a dent in their title hopes. However, the urgency they displayed last night will have provided their fans with hope.

Keohane made it 2-0 in the 34th minute when his powerful low strike gave Ger Doherty no chance.

Buckley added his second goal five minutes into the second half with a close-range finish, before former Ireland international Delaney headed home the fourth shortly after the hour mark.

Coughlan completed the scoring with a chipped finish after Steven Beattie’s strike was palmed away by Doherty.

Derry offered little and their goals-against column is now the second worst in the league after JOY:

Cork City's Garry Buckley in action against Eoin Toal of Derry. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Cork City's Garry Buckley in action against Eoin Toal of Derry. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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