Just back from Turners Cross.
Cork deserving winners but 4-1 a bit harsh.
We started off well, persisting with a 3-5-2 formation. Robbie in the middle of the back three with O’Connor and Whitehead either side. Duggy and Clarke as wingbacks.
We were bright and lively and Ogbene was a constant threat up top. His searing pace will trouble teams. He even had an effort cleared off the line as we held our own.
Gradually Cork game into it and Maguire started and finished the move that led to the opener. 60 seconds later we had a penalty after a Tosi flick on sent Ogbene through before he tumbled under McNulty’s challenge. He was playing for it and the ref bought it. Tosi fired home. 1-1.
From then on the home side upped it and dominated. Couple of minutes before the break Dooley scored off the post. Any chance whatsoever disappeared thirty seconds after the interval when Williams pass back was intercepted by who else but Maguire who rounded Clarke before tucking home. Disastrous goal to concede. 3-1 and game over.
Paul O’Conor missed a sitter to make it 3-2 with ten mins left but truthfully Cork were only going through the motions at that stage. They grabbed a fourth late on. Best team in the league by a mile.
Overall I’m not too disappointed. Was worried we’d go down a few weeks back but we should comfortably stay up. Robson’s loan spell is up and he’s gone back to the UK. He’ll be a loss. Interesting to see who McDonald brings in. He must have good contacts.
About 400 in the away end. Most disappointing and unedifying episode of the evening was as the away support was kept in after the full time whistle. Couple of them started fighting and there were fists and boots flying as the Guards waded in to calm it down. Got very heated and tense for a few mins. A few were thrown out. Idiots. A stain on the club. This is LOI, not Green Street. Dopes.