Shamrock Rovers made light work of champions Cork City in Tallaght Stadium last night as they defeated John Caulfield’s men 3-0.
Graham Burke got off the mark after only three minutes with a wonder strike to put the Dublin side ahead.
He was involved with the next goal too as his cross was headed in by Ethan Boyle to double Rovers advantage.
Centre back Roberto Lopes finished Cork off late on as he tucked away the third goal for Stephen Bradley’s men to give his side a win they have been fighting for over the last few weeks.
John Caulfield said after the game, “We we’re second best by a long way. Rovers played really well, and they’ve a team to win the league. We conceded after three minutes and then they score two more from set pieces. We have no excuses and need to get our act together for Saturday.”
SHAMROCK ROVERS: Kevin Horgan; Ethan Boyle, Roberto Lopes, Lee Grace, Joey O’Brien; Greg Bolger, Aaron Bolger, Sean Kavanagh, Ronan Finn (Brandon Miele 81), Graham Burke; Gary Shaw.
CORK CITY: Mark McNulty; Colm Horgan, Conor McCarthy, Sean McLoughlin, Danny Kane (Jimmy Keohane 46); Conor McCormack (c) (Karl Sheppard 46), Gearoid Morrissey (Josh O’Hanlon 67); Barry McNamee, Kieran Sadlier, Garry Buckley; Graham Cummins.