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REPORT | Victory In Cork

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21:45 18th July 2016

Cork City 1 (Coleman 82')

Wolves 2 (Ennis 4', Enobakhare 62')


Wolves in green and black got the game underway on a sunny summer's evening in Cork and it wasn't long before they took the lead.

Bright Enobakhare won the ball and jumped a challenge near the byline, he looked up and pulled back to Niall Ennis who made no mistake from six-yards.

The Wolves front two started well and Ennis was involved again minutes later, winning a free kick on the edge of the box that Lee Evans fired narrowly wide of the target.

Cork were almost awarded a penalty on 14 minutes as Ben O'Hanlon brought down Karl Sheppard inside the Wolves 18-yard box but the referee waves away the hosts' appeals.

Enobakhare was almost presented with a golden opportunity to double Wolves lead as Eli Khadi Harrington did not connect with his clearance but the ball bobbled inches beyond the striker's toe.

The home side's best opportunity of the opening period came just after 20 minutes as Ian Turner's well-taken free-kick was nodded narrowly over the Wolves crossbar by Killian Coffey at the back post.

Wolves then countered the home side and Enobakhare was denied from a matter of yards as Matthew Connor came out to block the youngster's low strike at his near post before Evans fired the rebound wide across goal.

Conor Coady was the next Wolves player to test the palms of the Cork stopper, the midfielder fired from 25-yards but Connor was equal to it and pushed the effort wide.

The half continued without many chances to speak of until Evans lifted a pass over the Cork back line in the direction of Ennis but the striker just couldn't steady himself and mis-fired into the arms of a grateful Connor.

Half-Time: Cork City 0-1 Wolves

The hosts started the second half brightly and had the first real opportunity as Sheppard broke down the left wing and cut back onto his right foot before firing narrowly over Carl Ikeme's crossbar who had been introduced at half time.

Sheppard continued to cause the away side problems and rounded off a driving run from midfield by feeding the ball to the right wing, he then broke into the Wolves box and glanced a header wide across goal from the return ball.

Donovan Wilson went close to doubling Wolves' lead on two occasions, both following low cut-backs from the right wing; one from Nathan Byrne and one from Enobakhare, but the forward just couldn't get a shot away under strong pressure from strong Cork defenders.

However, it wasn't long before Wolves did extend their advantage, O'Hanlon whipped a teasing ball into the Cork area and Enobakhare was there to head home from a matter of yards to make it 2-0.

The hosts looked for an immediate response as Chidozie Ogbene broke down the left wing and tried his luck from a narrow angle but Ikeme was equal to it.

Cian Coleman was the next Cork player to test the Wolves 'keeper, looking for the bottom corner with a headed effort but Ikeme got down well to his left to save and hold.

Coleman did, however, get the better of Ikeme a matter of minutes later. He rose unchallenged inside the Wolves box to power an effort under the crossbar and bring the hosts back within one.

Ikeme was called into action again as Cork looked for an equaliser, charging out of his goal to deny Anthony McAlavey at close range but the forward had been flagged offside.

This would prove to be the last real opportunity of the game as Wolves saw out the remaining minutes to earn victory.

Cork City: Connor (Coffey 73') , Healy (c)(Donnellan 63') , Holohan (Coleman 63') , Morrissey (McAlavey 45') , Ellis (Drinan 63') , Sheppard (Ogbene 63') , Harrington (Taylor 45'), Collinder, Turner (Gibbon 63') , Coffey, McInerney.

Wolves: Lonergan (Ikeme 45'); Odoffin (Leak 73'), Hayden, Johnson, O'Hanlon; Byrne, Coady (c), Evans, Ronan; Ennis (Wilson 45'), Enobakhare.

Unused subs: Flatt, Iorfa, Batth, Hause, Doherty, Henry, Wallace, Price, Saville, McDonald, Mason.

Referee: A. Buttimer

Attendance: 642

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