Tuesday 19 September 2017

Caulfield 'confident' ahead of Tallinn test

Manager John Caulfield will be eager to keep the focus on the task at hand. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Manager John Caulfield will be eager to keep the focus on the task at hand. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Of all the Irish sides in Europe this season, the biggest expectation falls on the shoulders of Cork City and not just because of their irresistible league form, but how kindly the draw has fallen for them.

A trip to Estonia to play Levadia Tallinn would have been among the Leesiders preferred first-round destinations and their reward, should they progress, is a meeting with a team from either Cyprus or Gibraltar.

Manager John Caulfield will be eager to keep the focus on the task at hand, but Cork are justifiably full of confidence heading into this first leg.

They have been nothing short of sensational in the league, dropping just two points in their 18 games thus far, and if they can replicate that kind of form in Europe, a fruitful adventure may well lie ahead.

"They look like a team that would be in the top four in our own league, and the intensity of the top games in the league here is similar to our own," Caulfield warned of Levadia's threat.

"At the same time, we are in good form and we are confident that we can put in a top performance. If we do that, we feel we will get a good result."

Johnny Dunleavy is definitely ruled out. Alan Bennett faces a late fitness test and Steven Beattie is fit again to boost Cork's chances of securing a precious away victory.

Verdict: Cork

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