Friday 19 January 2018

Caulfield praises players as Cork maintain good run

Bray Wanderers 0 Cork City 2

Cork City manager John Caulfield. Photo: Eóin Noonan / Sportsfile
Cork City manager John Caulfield. Photo: Eóin Noonan / Sportsfile Newsdesk

Two quick-fire goals in four second-half minutes at the Carlisle Grounds enabled Cork City to close the gap on leaders Dundalk to just four points.

Now unbeaten in nine top flight matches, and with four wins in a row under the belts, Cork claimed the spoils courtesy of goals from Sean Maguire and Karl Sheppard to climb above surprise packets Galway into second place.

City manager John Caulfield felt patience was the key to their success.

"I felt we were a bit complacent, dead in the first half. We weren't moving the ball quickly enough, but we came out and started the second half well. In the end, we were deserving winners" he declared.

"You have to be patient. You have to switch the play. We weren't doing it quickly enough even though we carved out one or two chances in the first period.

"In the second half, you could see there was more intensity about us and the game opened up. It suited us better.

"It's never an easy game at Bray. You have to earn your right to win here - just as you do everywhere. That's the way the League is nowadays."

The Rebels had to wait until the 67th minute before they hit the front.

Greg Bolger's lofted pass down the left channel set up Kevin O'Connor to drill a cross on the run into the box from the by-line. As Sheppard challenged a Bray defender, the ball dropped to Maguire, who lashed a half-volley past Peter Cherrie from 14 yards.

The Leesiders doubled their advantage three minutes later.

Substitute Gavan Holohan's deep corner was knocked down by at the far post by Garry Buckley and the ball fell to Sheppard on the penalty spot. His volley into the ground was initially saved by Cherrie but the Wanderers custodian spilled the ball from his grasp and over the line.

Bray Wanderers - Cherrie; Douglas, McNally, Kenna, Marks; Moore, Salmon (Noone 77), Creevy, Connolly; Pender, Lewis (McDonagh 63).

Cork City - McNulty; McSweeney, Bennett, Dunleavy, O'Connor; Bolger, G Morrissey (Holohan 44); Beattie (D Morrissey 63), Buckley, Sheppard (Dooley 88); Maguire.

REF - P McLaughlin (Monaghan).

Irish Independent

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