Monday 27 February 2017

Caulfield: Cork will fight to the finish

Sligo Rovers 0 Cork City 0

John Caulfield:
John Caulfield: "We still believe there will be twists in the run-in in this campaign yet." Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Cork City boss John Caulfield is adamant his side will not let up on their pursuit of leaders Dundalk in the Premier Division.

Seven points separate the sides after Dundalk beat Derry City on Friday, and Cork could only manage a scoreless draw away to Sligo Rovers a day later.

Stephen Dooley of Cork City in action against Toby Adebayo Rowling of Sligo Rovers. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Stephen Dooley of Cork City in action against Toby Adebayo Rowling of Sligo Rovers. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

It was Cork's first time to drop points in five games, and the first time in seven matches that they failed to score.

But Caulfield said: "I know people are saying it's all over and that Dundalk will go on to win the league but we have been playing catch-up all season.

"It has been difficult but the players have battled hard for it and we intend to push it right to the end. We still believe there will be twists in the run-in in this campaign yet.

"Sligo have had very good results against us in the last couple of years, and they came out with all guns blazing. The first 20-25 minutes they played really well.

Both sets of players get involved in an incident on the touchline late in the game. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Both sets of players get involved in an incident on the touchline late in the game. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

"The frustrating thing for us is that we had three goals disallowed, and looking back on the last one with ten minutes left, it looks like Dave Mulcahy was onside. But, overall, if you look at the chances for both sides, a draw was probably a fair result."

The home side rested top-scorer Raff Cretaro, but Gavin Peers saw a 10th-minute header cleared off the line, before Kieran Sadlier was denied from a close-range effort by Mark McNulty.

Achille Campion, Liam Martin and Pat McCann also had chances in the opening half, while back-up goalkeeper Ciaran Nugent, who made just his second appearance of the season in place of the injured Micheal Schlingermann, dealt with Cork efforts from Greg Bolger and Garry Buckley.

But Rovers had a let-off when Buckley smashed a free-kick off the crossbar just five minutes into the second half.

Sligo boss Dave Robertson was pleased with his side. "I knew we would get a positive response and I thought we done (sic) very good on our defensive discipline; our concentration was very good and we still created opportunities."

SLIGO Rovers - Nugent, Adebayo-Rowling, Peers, Leahy, Boylan, Keohane, Russell, McCann (Kearns 84), Sadlier (Cretaro 64), Martin, Campion.
CORK CITY - McNulty, McSweeney (Mulcahy 58), Bennett, Browne, O'Connor, Bolger, G Morrissey (O'Sullivan 73), Buckley, Sheppard (Turner 85), Dooley, Maguire.
REF - N Doyle

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