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SPORT Daryl Horgan, Cork City, celebrates his goal against Drogheda United with team mate John Dunleavy. Picture: Jim Coughlan


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Horgan stunner gives City victory Cork City Drogheda United


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DARYL Horgan was the toast of the home fans after his wonder goal gave Tommy Dunne’s boys a first home league win in 70 days at Turner’s Cross last evening. The Salthill man, and recent Irish U21 cap, netted a glorious winner 20 minutes from time to end the drought and lift the gloom that has immersed the Leeside club in recent weeks. Horgan’s moment of magic helped stop the rot for City, whose home form has been particularly disappointing to the tune of four defeats in a row. He conceded both the players and the supporters have found the going tough in recent weeks, but hopes they’ve now turned a corner. “I wouldn’t mind scoring a few easy ones but a goal is a goal, and, listen, the relief in

By NOEL SPILLANE the dressing room is something else. “We have been going through a difficult period, it’s been playing on people’s minds and it’s been a little nervous on the terraces too. “But we dug in tonight and I felt we upped our game to get the result. I thought we were very good at times and hopefully this will mean we have turned a corner as well,” said Horgan, after netting his third goal of the season. City — who last night sported their new all white away strip — now have a two-week midseason break before a trip to UCD. “We will return energised and we will come back all guns blazing when we play UCD at Belfield in two weeks time,” vowed Horgan. ● See P52-53.

McIlory in hunt for Open glory SIX YEARS on from battling each other for one of amateur golf’s top prizes, Rory McIlroy and Billy Horschel were today among those challenging for one of the professional game’s most coveted titles. Horschel carded a superb 67 to share the clubhouse lead in the 113th US Open at Merion with compatriot Phil Mickelson, but McIlroy’s rounds of 73 and 70 were enough to leave him just four shots off the pace. He and Horschel fell out at the Walker Cup in 2007, with the world number two turning on the American when the pair met on the final day at Royal County Down. “I was up against Horschel on the first day, too,” McIlroy recalled the following year. “I messed up the last hole and lost to him. I wasn’t happy. “Then I got him again, twice, on the Sunday. His antics were really p****** me off. “For example, he had hit a bunker shot at the 14th in

GOLF our morning foursome. It was a great shot and finished inches from the cup. But he came running down the hill hollering at the top of his voice. “He was so loud and so obnoxious.” Those differences appeared to be a thing of the past when the pair played a practice round alongside Tiger Woods earlier this week, with Woods also alongside McIlroy on three over after matching rounds of 73 and 70. The knock-on effect of Thursday’s weather delays meant the second round had not been completed on Friday evening, with Horschel and Mickelson sharing the lead ahead of English pair Luke Donald and Justin Rose and veteran American Steve Stricker. Almost half the field had yet to complete their rounds, with Ian Poulter alongside Rose and Donald on level par with four holes to play.

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REBEL hurling captain Patrick Cronin could still feature against Clare in the Munster hurling semi-final, despite being hospitalised recently for a severe chest infection. The Bishopstown man was in Páirc Ui Rinn yesterday for the Cork hurlers press conference ahead of their showdown with the Banner, and the hope is he’ll play a part, even if he’s now able to start. Cronin, an All-Star nominee last season, has been sick for a number of weeks, and after being forced off in the Town’s SHC victory against Courcey Rovers, ended up in hospital for over a week. However he will train next week, so is likely to be an option for Jimmy Barry-Murphy from the bench. They certainly need him,


By ÉAMONN MURPHY with Paudie O’Sullivan ruled out for the season with a broken leg and Lorcán McLoughlin damaging shoulder ligaments last Tuesday. Cork are short of midfield options, and while Sars’ Daniel Kearney will fill one of the slots, Tom Kenny (Grenagh), Rob O’Shea (Carrigaline) and Stephen McDonnell (Glen) are in contention to partner him. The squad played the U21s on Thursday night behind closed doors, and O’Shea, who didn’t get a league start but has been in goalscoring form for Carrigaline, impressed. Kenny struck 0-8 for Grenagh last week, albeit against Éire Óg’s

second string in the Muskerry JAHC. Last night’s press event was attended by Cronin, JBM, Seánie McGrath, Stephen Moylan, Conor O’Sullivan and Luke O’Farrell. The Rebels face Clare tomorrow week at 4pm in the Gaelic Grounds, and go in as underdogs against Davy Fitzgerald’s charges, who beat them in the Waterford Crystal Cup and twice in the league, including a relegation play-off at the same venue. Limerick, under the guidance of ex-Cork boss John Allen, await in the provincial decider after pulling off a shock against Tipp last weekend. A Cork-Limerick clash would also be the Gaelic Grounds, but if it’s Limerick against the Banner the Munster final will be in Thurles. ● See P50-51 for more.


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