Saturday, 05 February 2011 00:00
Hoops win with two second-half strikes...
Cork City (1) 1 -
Rovers (0) 2 - McCabe 46' Kavanagh 76'
Pre-Season Friendly - Musgrave Park - Friday 4th February 2011
1 Alan Mannus
22 Anto Murphy
13 Pat Flynn
2 Pat Sullivan (c)
3 Enda Stevens
7 Gary McCabe
8 Charlie Grant
20 Billy Dennehy
14 Stephen O'Donnell
10 Karl Sheppard
11 Ciaran Kilduff
On at Half-time:
6 Stephen Rice
18 Chris Turner
9 Gary Twigg
5 Dan Murray
21 Conor McCormack
19 Dean Kelly
On after 63 mins:
17 Christy Fagan
15 Paddy Kavanagh
Rovers Captain in Cork...
On a very blustry and wet night in Musgrave Park the Hoops wrapped up their short training camp with a win over Cork City.
Despite the conditions the two teams had a good work out and Dennehys early cross saw Sheppard head just over.
Anto Murphy then tested McNulty in the Cork goal after 8 minutes but the Hoops best move came on 22 mins when a neat touch by Kilduff saw Sheppard play McCabe in on the right but the 'keeper got down to save his low cross.
The home side threatened on 24 mins when their number 10 headed over when well placed in the box. Good work by Sheppard saw Dennehy just fail to make a proper connection while at the other end the hard working Flynn made a fine tackle to deny Cork's number 5.
A deflected Danny Murphy shot on 34 minutes was on target but Mannus was well placed to save. The home side took the lead just before the break when the number 8 fired in from close range on the right-hand side of the area.
Following six changes at the break, Michael O'Neills men were level in the first minute of the second half when McCabe shot through a number of players into the net after McNulty pushed out a Dennehy cross.
Rovers dominated the second-half and Murray was unlucky with a header from Dennehys cross. Kelly then forced McNulty to save his driven low cross and on 58 mins a Stevens cross saw Twigg head towards goal but McNulty saved.
Corks number 10 shot narrowly wide on 75 minutes before the Hoops took the lead when Kavanagh ran at the home defence and his shot hit the inside of the post and nestled in the net with McNulty well beaten.
Turner had a header tipped over and in the dying minutes Stephen Rice ran on to a return pass from Twigg but shot over from inside the box.