CORK City manager, Tommy Dunne, agreed that it was, indeed, a cruel way to lose a football match.
NOEL SPILLANE reports
And compounding the defeat was the fact that the “Leesiders” also lost their 11-game unbeaten run to that last minute Rory Patterson spot-kick at Turner’s Cross on Sunday as the “Candy Stripes” won their first league match in Cork for the first time in 13 years!
“It was a fifty-fifty game for me and it was nip and tuck right up to the last minute and the penalty award,” suggested Dunne.
“And it was the team that didn’t make the one mistake in the match that was going to win it if there was to be a winner,” he added.#
“Yes, I was disappointed with the penalty but I felt towards the end there that Derry City were beginning to get a grip in the match.
“Overall, I think we dominated most of the game and while we certainly enjoyed no shortage of the possession, we really didn’t manage to create anything special.
“Okay, we created a few half chances but nothing really clear-cut if I’m to be honest,” continued the former Derry City Championship winner.
“Obviously we knew it was going to be a tough game and it all came down to that one mistake. It was a handball by Adam (Rundle), but it was a harsh call for me coming so late in the game.”
And the Cork City boss was none too pleased with the playing surface.
“The pitch was poor and there’s been so many games on it and on top of the bad weather it’s in a poor state.
“But despite the pitch and the conditions, the football was good but both teams tried to win the game which was a good thing.”
“I think we were a bit subdued against Derry and so were the crowd I felt. I thought we played well for the most part, but we didn’t put away any of the half chances we had over the 90 minutes, which was very disappointing.”
On the match-winning goal, Dunne commented: “It was a great save by ‘Nults’ (Mark McNulty) but, to be fair, Rory Patterson reacted well to finish off the rebound and it was that quick, we just couldn’t get to him.
“We are disappointed to have lost at home. We didn’t deserve to lose the game and I certainly felt we did enough to have earned a point.
“To be fair, they didn’t create too much either, even though Simon Madden down the right caused us quite a few anxious moments and he had a fine game for them,” admitted Dunne whose next assignment is away to Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium this Friday night.