04 March, 2011

Football: (Cork) City off to a flier in League opener with much political interest:

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Cork City 1 - 0 Wexford Youths:
Johnathan O'Brien reminds Mick Wallace of the final score
New signing Sullivan nets the game's only goal
Cork City FC got their bid for promotion off to the best possible start with a hard fought 1-0 win over Wexford Youths at Turners Cross. The game had considerable political interest as newly elected Cork North Central T.D. Johnathan O'Brien is a part - owner of Cork City FC whilst, in the other dugout, Mick Wallace is the owner of Wexford FC. Wallace polled the highest % of votes of any candidate in the country in this weeks' General Election, however the vote didn't swing his way tonight. The truth is that Cork City deserved their narrow win.
Party time in the Shed tonight!   ;-)
However, whilst being in control of the majority of the ball, the Rebel Army created few clear cut goal scoring chances. The game was a chance to welcome former City player Danny Murphy. The "Cockney Rebel" received a standing ovation from a partisan home crowd ecstatic at the only goal which came one minute before half-time into a delirious "Shed" end.
New signing Vinnie Sullivan supplied a composed finished when put through one-on-one with the Wexford 'keeper just outside the six-yard box.
There is obviously a long way to go in the season, but tonight's opening game was a good portent of things to come for a side who belong in the Premier League. Well, there is no doubt that the Rebel Army's fans belong in the Premier League. Hopefully the players can give the best supported club in Ireland the results they deserve. The evidence of tonight augurs well as City were rarely tested at a chilly but pleasant Turners' Cross.
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