The Hoops were comprehensively beaten at a rain sodden Turners Cross as the Leesiders maintained their unbeaten start to the league season. Ex-Hoop Billy Dennehy opened the scoring with Mark O'Sullivan and Darren Dennehy adding further goals in the second-half.
Rovers kept the ball well on the very greasy surface in the opening ten minutes but only created a half-chance in that period when keeper Mark McNulty had to be quick off his line as Ciaran Kilduff looked to get on the end of a Shane Robinson pass.
[GOAL 1:0 - 14th min.] Cork's first real attack yielded a goal when O'Sullivan's cross from the left found the head of Buckley and although Barry Murphy saved his header Billy Dennehy was on hand to shoot home from close range.
Rovers tried to respond but gradually the home side took a firm grip on the game with Billy Dennehy shooting over the bar as he collected Murphy's punched clearance on 23 minutes. A minute later Conor Kenna blocked a shot from Buckley in the area and on 27 minutes Barry Murphy had to be at his best to turn around a fiercely struck shot from Liam Kearney.
Mark O'Sullivan got behind the Hoops defence on the half-hour but a combination of McGuinness and Kenna prevented him from getting a shot on goal. On 33 minutes Ryan Brennan won possession and sent Robinson away to run at the home defence. He in turn returned the ball to Brennan but his cross couldn't pick out Kilduff in the box. Two minutes later a corner found its way to Simon Madden and his first time shot was met by Kilduff but his effort was comfortably saved by McNulty. The half ended with Barry Murphy saving Billy Dennehy's low driven shot from just outside the box.
The Hoops had the first chance of the second half when Gary McCabe stepped up to shoot on target from a free-kick 20 yards out however McNulty did well to get down and hold the ball.
[GOAL 2:0 - 53rd min.] The home side increased their lead on 53 minutes when Billy Dennehy's cross from the right picked out the unmarked O'Sullivan who headed into the corner of the net.
Rovers needed to score the next goal to have any chance of getting back into the game and when O'Connor's cross was met by a glancing header from Brennan it took a fine save from McNulty at his near post to deny the Hoops. A Luke Byrne cross on 58 minutes just failed to pick out Brennan in front of goal and on 63 minutes a slip by McGuinness set up O'Sullivan to shoot on goal but Murphy saved.
[GOAL 3:0 - 65th min.] The game ended as a contest after only 20 minutes of the second-half when following a corner the ball was returned into the area by Healy and he found defender Darren Dennehy at the back post in space and he gleefully scored the third goal.
Rovers huffed and puffed trying to score a consolation goal at least but found it difficult to get behind the well marshalled Cork defence with Dan Murray in particular getting the better of Ciaran Kilduff. Sub Eamon Zayed saw his goalbound shot blocked by Dunleavy after 81 minutes but Cork had the last chance of the game when sub Lehane found himself in space in front of goal but he shot weakly and Murphy easily saved.
Mark McNulty takes a cross under pressure from Ronan Finn
- Pic: G.Kelly