Things were already tight for City before Friday night's game. Despite Bohemians winning the title at the weekend CCFC have some work to do if there is to be European football on Leeside next season..." />

Cork City 1 Shamrock Rovers 1

Posted on Jan 13, 2003 in Cork City FC


City 1-1 Scumrock Rovers

Cork City maintained their unbeaten home record at the Cross on Friday
night and more importantly denied Scumrock Rovers a win that would
probably have given them the European spot ahead of City. City will now
be favourites to take the Intertoto spot, but the remaining three games
are against sides battling to stay in the Premier Division so nothing
is certain.

It was brass-monkey weather but a crowd of about 5,000 turned up hoping
to see a repeat of the amazing 3-2 win over Rovers earlier in the
season. It was equally as exciting but in a different way.

City went behind to a good goal by Rovers young star, Noel Hunt, who is
off to Dunfermline at the end of the month for anything from ?100,000
to ?250,000, depending on who you listen to. It was probably a deserved
lead at the time but from then on City attacked and had numerous
chances to equalise.

Davie Warren was having a great game on the right and twice brought
last-ditch saves from Tony O'Dowd in the Shams goal. Georgie had a half-
chance and Woods went close, while the once again outstanding John
O'Flynn kept probing.

It wasn't until the 90th minute though that Dan Murray popped up to
back heal an equaliser after a goalmouth scramble. You'd have to
question his choice of celebration though... Taking off your shirt in
that cold can't be good for ya! Murray was quoted in the Echo recently
as saying he wants to stay with City on a permanent basis and his
celebration shows just how happy he is here.

So we're level with Rovers in the race for Europe, but with a game in
hand. That game is on Monday in Longford. Then it's onto St. Pat's in
Dublin on Friday. The CCISA are running a bus to that game: ?20 a man,
bus leaving St. Patrick's church at 12.30pm.

Next home game: v UCD on Sunday 26th January, the last day of the

Cork City: (4-4-2): Devine; O'Halloran, Daly (Bennett 69), Murray,
Horgan; Warren (C. T. O'Brien 78), Reynolds, O'Grady (C P O'Brien 69),
Woods; O'Callaghan, O'Flynn.

Shamrock Rovers: (4-4-2): O'Dowd; Gough, McGuinness, Palmer, Keddy;
Robinson, Colwell, Tracey, S Grant; Hunt (T Grant 86), Molloy.

Referee: J O'Neill (Waterford).

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