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Cork City Vs Dundalk Player Ratings

 Dundalk came away with the points in a commanding display, here are all the player ratings from the big League of Ireland clash last night.


 

Cork City

Mark Mc Nulty– Very comfortable with the ball at his feet, powerless with the penalty but should have punched the ball clear of the danger area for the second goal. Will have been relieved to watch shots from both Horgan and Mc Millan cannon off the woodwork instead of finding the back of his net. 6
John Kavanagh– Has had a great start to the season so far. Did well to keep Daryl Horgan relatively quiet throughout the game- no mean feat given the winger’s current form. Didn’t have many opportunities to attack but a decent night’s work. 7

Alan Bennett– Didn’t really put a foot wrong, was solid throughout the game and carried the ball forward well during periods of Dundalk retreat. However he didn’t command his defence as assuredly as might be expected of someone with his experience. Nonetheless a sound performance. 7

Darren Dennehy– A menace all night in the Dundalk box and unlucky not to score when his towering header was cleared off the line. However, a rash tackle on Mc Millan proved costly. 6

Ross Gaynor – The Ardee native provided Darren Meenan with one of the sternest tests he’s faced so far this year. Neither man gave an inch in their battles and both felt the wrath of the referee for poor challenges. Substituted for tactical reasons. 7

Colin Healy – Quiet throughout the game with very little influence on the game in the first half where Dundalk’s midfield were to the fore. However he recovered in the second half and played his part in subduing the influence of Richie Towell. 6

John Dunleavy – injured his left knee early in the game and was withdrawn. Replaced by Garry Buckley.

Liam Miller – Quiet game for the ex Ireland international who was left chasing shadows in the first half. However, like Healy, saw more positive possession in the second half as Dundalk began to withdraw. Never offered any real attacking threat to Dundalk’s defence and didn’t perform on the night to the standard he is capable of. 6

Billy Dennehy – The Tralee winger had a frustrating night, being well marshalled by Sean Gannon. His set piece deliveries lacked his usual crispness and with the exception of the Cork goal- which in truth was a poor cross dealt with terribly by Dundalk- failed to truly trouble Gary Rogers. 6.5

John O Flynn – Plays in a manner similar to Jon Walters, a hard working striker playing on the wing in order to attack back post deliveries and provide an outlet on the sideline. However, the lack of quality delivery from Dennehy and the desire of the Cork players to go direct meant that he cut a lonesome figure during the game. Substituted late on. 6

Karl Sheppard – The former Reading striker had a glorious chance to equalise in the dying moments of the game but aside from that moment he was shackled well by the Dundalk centre backs. Tried hard all night but never got enough space, save for the final minute header which drifted wide. 6

Subs
Garry Buckley – Injected a bit more dynamism into the Cork midfield when he replaced the stricken Dunleavy but never got enough of a foothold to disrupt the Dundalk rhythm. 6

Mark O’Sullivan – Last year’s prolific goal getter caused havoc in the Dundalk defence and provided battling qualities for Cork City in the latter stages of the game. 7

Rob Lehane – Not on long enough to rate

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Dundalk

Gary Rogers – Looked very assured under the high ball, commanded his area and organised his defence well. Only blot on his copybook was the Cork goal where he should have ordered Boyle to leave the ball. 7

Dane Massey – Didn’t play to the level which has seen him touted for the Ireland squad but nonetheless a decent display from the left full back. A little more defensive in his duties tonight than usual and picked up a yellow for a crude challenge. 7

Brian Gartland – Was replaced in the second half of Monday’s game against Galway as an injury precaution but showed no signs of anything troubling him tonight as he kept the Cork attack at bay. Did the simple things right and made a crucial intervention to stop Sheppard scoring in the second half. 7

Andy Boyle – A more composed performance than last Friday against Shamrock Rovers, Boyle worked well with his central defensive partner to ensure Cork City attacks were snuffed out. Could have done better with the goal by committing fully to the cross. Otherwise, did well. 7

Sean Gannon – last year’s marauding right back is slowly returning to himself. Following assists against both Shamrock Rovers and Galway United in the past week, the ex Pats man performed well again tonight against one of the best wingers in the league. Silly yellow card following a hesitation at a throw in. 7

Chris Shields – Aptly named defensive midfielder as he provides a protective screen in front of the Dundalk defence. Tonight he pressed the Cork midfield throughout and was responsible for the breakdown of several City attacks. 7.5

Ronan Finn – Undoubtedly one of the most talented players in the league however he has yet to really exert his influence this season. Fantastic ability with the ball at his feet but tonight didn’t provide an appropriate showcase. Replaced by Stephen O’Donnell early in the second half. 6.5

Richie Towell – Dundalk fans must be thanking their lucky stars that their midfield maestro didn’t take his lucky boots to Cardiff with him for his trial. 5 goals in 5 days is quite an achievement, but his game tonight offered so much more- he was immense throughout the field. From blocking Dennehy’s goalbound header to assisting the Dundalk attack, his performance was top class. The only drawback with his showing tonight was that when he took a time out of the spotlight for 15 minutes, Dundalk were flat and overly defensive. Deserved his Man of the Match Award. 9

Darren Meenan – The winger played a part in the most compelling battle on the pitch. Nothing could separate himself and Ross Gaynor and it was intriguing to watch. Meenan was under pressure from John Mountney for the right wing position and based on his showing tonight, Meenan’s desire to keep the jersey burns bright. 7.5

Daryl Horgan – The ex Cork City winger thrived on the displeasure of the home fans every time he touched the ball and almost scored a rocket of a goal in the first half. Kept young John Kavanagh busy all night in another great battle. Replaced by Shane Grimes late in the second half. 7.5

David Mc Millan – Dundalk may have lost last season’s top scorer but David Mc Millan has ensured that the void left by Pat Hoban’s departure hasn’t been felt yet. His willingness to put defences under pressure and try to link up with on rushing midfielders means no defence can switch off and it was his willingness to run directly at defenders which prompted the foul from Darren Dennehy leading to Richie Towell’s penalty. Another great shift tonight and very unlucky not to score. 8

Subs

Stephen O Donnell – Early in the second half Cork were starting to really apply pressure to Dundalk and took a stranglehold of possession. However, Stephen Kenny looked to his club captain to put a foot on the ball and bring a level of composure to Dundalk’s play and he wasn’t left disappointed. Another mature performance from O’Donnell. 7.5

Shane Grimes – Brought on as a defensive left midfielder to prevent Cork getting down the wings and performed admirably. 7

John Mountney – Engaged in a season long tussle with Darren Meenan on the right wing and put in a great effort again tonight. 7

 

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Tom O'Connor
Tom O' Connor is a soccer addict- LUFC, DFC and Championship Manager nut (It may be FM on the box but it's still Championship Manager to me!) Would love to have been a footballer but is a goalie instead- not the fat and lazy type, more lack of talent/ability/skill and was the tallest on most teams! Love my wife, my two kids and my iPad.

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