Sunday 20 January 2019

Caulfield wary of Bohs sucker punch as Cork get another title shot

Cork City manager John Caulfield Photo: Sportsfile
Cork City manager John Caulfield Photo: Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Cork City have another chance to wrap up the League of Ireland title when they take on Bohemians at Dalymount Park tonight.

But manager John Caulfield is wary of an opponent that ended their unbeaten record when the sides met at Turner's Cross in July.

Cork are eight points clear of Dundalk with four games to go - Dundalk have just three matches remaining - and the Leesiders need just two points to get across the line.

They welcome Derry to Leeside on Monday in their back match so that gives them another opportunity if things don't go to plan at Phibsborough - Dundalk would also need to win their league game at home to Bray tonight to keep things alive in that event.

Caulfield respects a Bohs side that is on course for a mid-table finish having pulled away from relegation bother.

energy "They were the first team this season to beat us and they've had great results against other sides too," said Caulfield.

"They have (Izzy) Akinade and (Dinny) Corcoran up top and lots of energy in the middle of the park. And in Shane Supple they have one of the best goalkeepers in the league.

"They've a lot of quality in their team and every time we go to Dalymount Park it's very difficult."

However, Caulfield has been encouraged by an upturn in City's performances.

They had last weekend off due to Derry's international call-ups that resulted in that fixture being rescheduled.

Prior to that, they had recovered from a sticky patch to draw with Dundalk at home before booking an FAI Cup final place by nabbing the only goal in a tight match with Limerick.

"We had a little blip but the last couple of games have shown that we're back to where we were in the first two thirds of the season," said Caulfield.

Experienced centre-half Alan Bennett says it will be worth the wait for Cork fans if they get across the chequered line tonight after a slightly drawn-out process.

"It's a great position to be in, we're in a cup final and we have an opportunity to win a league medal. It's been 12 years since this club has won the league so I don't think many Cork fans will be worrying about the time waiting for it if we can just get it."

Irish Independent

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