|4 August 2021||7:45 pm||LOI Women's Premier Division||2021|
Nathalie O’Brien’s second-half penalty saw Cork City edge out Treaty United by two goals to one at Jackman Park in a cracking Munster Derby this evening.
Leah Murphy’s early header opened the scoring for Cork but Treaty fought back to equalise from a Jenna Slattery stunner from outside the box on 15 minutes.
However, when Cork’s Christina Dring was fouled in the box early in the second, it was O’Brien that stepped from the penalty spot to seal City’s first away win of the season despite the home-side’s continuous pressure.
Cork came out of the blocks fast in the first-half and it wasn’t long until the visitor’s pressure told.
Eva Mangan came close with a volley in the box in the first minute leading to a Cork corner to be taken by Sarah McKevitt. Her ball found the back post and a number of Cork attackers including Leah Murphy, who nodded the ball in to the left corner to put the visitors 1-0 up with only two minutes played.
Though taken aback at first, the home-side soon fought back with strong running from midfield causing Cork trouble at the back.
When Jenna Slattery found herself in space outside the visitors box, she took a wonderful shot and found the back of the net for her third goal in two games to equalise on 15 minutes.
Treaty then enjoyed a spell with the Aoife Horgan and Aoife Cronin in particular posing a threat to the visitors but failing to find goal.
Cork though soon regrouped with long-range efforts from Eva Mangan and Sarah McKevitt just off target for the sides to go in to the break level.
The visitors began the next half the stronger and controlled much of the possession as they looked to find a second goal. When Christina Dring was pushed over in the box by Aoife Horgan and won a penalty, the visitors pressure once again proved successful when O’Brien stepped up to slot home to put Cork up 2-1.
The visitors found themselves under pressure for the remaining time however, as Olivia Gibson and Aoife Horgan led the Treaty attack with determination. Horgan came close a handful of times but failed to hit the target while Gibson’s goal in the 63rd was ruled offside.
With Cork holding on for dear life in the closing stages, Treaty finished with four consecutive corners until Slattery blazed the game’s last good chance over the crossbar, seeing the visitors take all three-points and leapfrog their Munster rivals in the league table.
|Markets Field, Limerick City, County Limerick, Munster, V94 AY9C, Ireland|