Cork City 1 Derry City 4
Derry City put four past Cork City at Turner’s Cross last night, the first time that they have scored four against the Leesiders in 25 years. Junior Ogedia-Uzokwe was the hero, grabbing hatrick against a shelshocked home side.
Cork started the brighter and will Gilchrist replacing Kerr in the City defence, there was early confusion between the centre halves and also Peter Cherrie. Cherrie mis hit a clearance directly to Buckley but he wasn’t able to control his effort at the edge of the box, with City able to clear the danger.
City hit the front in the 11th minute. City worked a throw in as far as Junior and he did well to hold off Casey and feed Parkhouse. The striker didn’t get the best connection and even though McNulty got a hand to his scrambled effort,Parkhouse made it nine for the season and his first league goal in seven minutes.
The home side were very disappointing from open play all night, with their only threat coming from set pieces. Tilley hung one up and City failed to clear the danger, but Cummins toe poked the ball wide when he should at least have hit the target.
The home side did put together one threatening move just past the midway point when Cummins laid the ball off to Morrissey at the edge of the box but Cherrie got down well to push the ball away from the danger area.
City were well in control in the possession stakes and made it 2-0 minutes later. City forced a corner and Gilchrist recycled the deep cross. McNamee combined with Sloggett and the midfielder crossed into the six years box where Junior crashed it home to double the advantage for the visitors.
Cork seemed to fall apart after the concession of the second, with Junior tearing down the right and crossing for Parkhouse who blazed over from four yards. Parkhouse was hauled down by McLoughlin to set up a free kick 25 yards out. Bruna fired in the effort, and referee Henessey adjudged that McCormack, protecting his face had handled the ball.
Junior stepped up to take the penalty and whilst his tame effort was easily saved by McNulty, he was on hand to stab home the rebound. Parkhouse was again guilty of a bad miss when Junior set him up 8 yards out and he failed to hit the target.
A chorus of boos rang out from the home support at the break, with the stunned home fans not used to seeing their side three behind. The second half followed much the same pattern, with the away side very comfortable on the ball and a lot more threatening from open play.
Casey fired into a free from 25 yards just after the break and with Cherrie beaten, it was just over the top. The night went from bad to worse in the second half with Cork being reduced to 10 men when Daire O’Connor picked up a second yellow for a blatant dive.
Junior grabbed his hat trick on 69 minutes when McNamee and McDonagh combined and the youngster headed home from close range. Cork grabbed a late consolation with a close range effort from Cummins but it was clear after half an hour that City were going to pick up their first league victory since 2013.