Friday 30 September 2016

Plenty of more 'twists and turns' to come as Cork close the gap

Sligo Rovers 0 Cork City 2

Published 10/08/2015 | 02:30

John Cotter took charge of the Leesiders for their victory at the Showgrounds on Saturday as manager John Caulfield served a touchline ban
John Cotter took charge of the Leesiders for their victory at the Showgrounds on Saturday as manager John Caulfield served a touchline ban

Cork City assistant manager John Cotter is predicting some more "twists and turns" in their battle with Dundalk for the Premier Division title.

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Cotter took charge of the Leesiders for their victory at the Showgrounds on Saturday as manager John Caulfield served a touchline ban.

With Dundalk failing to beat ten-man Longford last Friday, Cork moved to within four points of the leaders thanks to second- half strikes from Mark O'Sullivan and Ross Gaynor.

O'Sullivan opened the scoring from a set-piece move shortly before the hour-mark and substitute Gaynor sealed the win with an 87th-minute strike against one of his former teams.

"All we can control is ourselves - no matter what happens elsewhere," said Cotter.

"Our form has been brilliant. The lads work hard, but there is a long way to go and there will be plenty more twists and turns. We just have to keep working to get points on the board."

Cotter added: "In fairness to Sligo, I thought they played well. They were well organised, especially considering the new manager had only a couple of days to work with them."

New Sligo boss Micky Adams (above), who was missing six players for his first game in charge, was pleased with his side's efforts.

He said: "I've come away feeling reasonably satisfied, to be honest. I don't like losing - don't get me wrong - but the effort and the enthusiasm for the game was there. We caused them problems.

"We are disappointed to lose, but that is football. Small margins decide games. For the first goal, I think we should have done better defensively. But they are a good side and second in the table for a reason. I felt we gave a good account of ourselves."

The result enabled bottom side Limerick to pull to within four points of the Bit O'Red thanks to their 4-3 defeat of Bohemians, but Adams was optimistic about the task ahead.

"I've been heartened by what I have seen. The effort and commitment was there and, if we take that into the last ten games, I think we will be fine."

SLIGO ROVERS - Brush, Keane, Peers, Clancy, Donelon, Cretaro, Boylan, Hughes, Puri (Armstrong 72), Corcoran (Keating 72), Nielsen.

CORK CITY - McNulty, Healy, Bennett, Murray, O'Connor (Gaynor 53), Beattie (Morrissey 90), Miller (Folan 90), Dunleavy, Buckley, Sheppard, O'Sullivan.

REF - P Tuite (Dublin)

Sligo Rovers 0

Cork City2

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