Saturday 21 April 2018

City lay down gauntlet

Galway United 0 Cork City 5

Stephen Dooley of Cork City celebrates with team mate Sean Maguire after scoring his side's second goal Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Stephen Dooley of Cork City celebrates with team mate Sean Maguire after scoring his side's second goal Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Cork City manager John Caulfield says his side always believed they were within touching distance of champions Dundalk as they cut their lead to a point at the top of the Premier Division.

The top two face off in a crucial battle at Oriel Park tomorrow night, which should go a long way to revealing the winners, but it took two remarkable results to set up this potential title decider.

Caulfield's side were clinical at Eamonn Deacy Park as they routed an average Tribesmen outfit, and after Dundalk lost 3-0 at home against Sligo the pressure is now firmly on Stephen Kenny's side.

"People had more or less written us off, but we never felt we were out of the running," said Caulfield.

"I always felt that four or five points with six or seven games to go, you're still in the race and anything can happen. It's going to go right to the wire and we're right in there - that's the most important thing."

The visitors made a dream start to the tie as Sean Maguire headed home with just two minutes gone. Stephen Dooley and Garry Buckley scored goals in the 15th and 19th minute respectively to kill the game off.

Gavin Holohan in action against Vinny Faherty Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Gavin Holohan in action against Vinny Faherty Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

The first three goals all came from Karl Sheppard deliveries as the former Galway man tore his old team to shreds.

After the restart Maguire raced clear of the home defence to notch Cork's fourth of the night on 48 minutes, before Chiedozie Ogbene rounded off the rout with a fifth goal late into added time.

Galway United: Ramsbottom; Horgan, Aganovic, Folan (Cantwell 58), Walsh; Shanahan, Sinnott (Byrne 58), Connolly, Devaney; Faherty, Curran (Melody 72).

Cork City: McNulty; Beattie, Bennett, Browne (McSweeney 62), O'Connor; Sheppard, Buckley, Bolger (Healy 62), Holohan, Dooley (Ogbene 75); Maguire.

Ref: Ray Matthews (Westmeath).

Irish Independent

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