Saturday 24 February 2018

Caulfield concedes title after Cork held

Bray Wanderers 0 Cork City 0

Cork City manager John Caulfield
Cork City manager John Caulfield Newsdesk Newsdesk

Cork boss John Caulfield has all but conceded the League title to Dundalk.

But the Leesiders are still targeting runners-up despite a sun-kissed Carlisle Grounds witnessing its first top-flight scoreless draw since April 2014 on Saturday.

"Dundalk have set the bar. They've set it higher than last year for everyone else to catch them," said Caulfield.

"The challenge for next season is for teams to match them.

"For us, getting the top three is important. It's in our own control to finish second. We're close to Europe. We just need a few more wins to make sure we have it. "

In a game of few chances, City nearly took all three points in the 88th minute.

Peter Cherrie parried Mark O'Sullivan's low cross-shot. The loose ball fell to Karl Sheppard eight-yards out, but the covering Hugh Douglas managed to get a vital touch right on the goal-line to divert the ball over the bar.

Bray Wanderers - Cherrie; Douglas, Cooney, McNally, O'Reilly; Cassidy (Onwubiko 89), McEvoy, John Sullivan, Kelly, Scully; Lyons (McGlynn 76).

Cork City - McNulty; McSweeney, Murray, Darren Dennehy, Gaynor; O'Connor (O'Flynn 81), Buckley, Beattie (Morrissey 67); Sheppard, Billy Dennehy (Bennett h-t); Mark O'Sullivan.

Ref - R Rogers (Dublin).

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