Cork City look sharper after lockdown but relegation is still a huge worry

Cork City look sharper after lockdown but relegation is still a huge worry
Joseph Olowu of Cork City in action against Andre Wright of Bohemians. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

CORK City are back in action in the League of Ireland but still in serious relegation trouble.

The Rebel Army have only won one game this season in the league, 1-0 over Finn Harps last February and this loss is now a huge worry for Fenn and his squad.

Bohs led at the break through a sloppy clearance from City which saw Andre Wright take advantage of as he slotted home from close range.

For the remainder of the half there were very few chances created by both sides. To be fair to City they worked hard and enjoyed a lot of possession however they found it difficult at times to get out of their own half. 

The visitors pressed high which caused the City defence to either hit a lot of long ball or put themselves under pressure in their own half. The long ball didn’t work for City as although Cian Murphy did well at times to hold the ball up, playing up top by himself with very little support was a huge task.

I was hoping playing behind closed doors would suit the team, especially the younger lads. Alec Byrne and youngster Uniss Kargbo seemed less nervous and more expressive as they looked very comfortable on the ball and the lack of pressure from fans seemed to improve their game.

Cork City's Alec Byrne and JJ Lunney of Bohemians in action at Turner's Cross. Picture: INPHO/Bryan Keane
Cork City's Alec Byrne and JJ Lunney of Bohemians in action at Turner's Cross. Picture: INPHO/Bryan Keane

What was also good to see and probably more noticeable without a crowd was the interaction from the dugout. Joe Gamble seemed to be the more vocal of the two and his constant message to the players was a high-tempo game. 

They delivered that. But it just wasn’t enough. A lot of the time was spent chasing down the ball and not enough creating once again.

No one could fault City’s work-rate or their fitness. The break during the season definitely gave Fenn a chance to get his side to regroup. 

Bohs enjoyed a good spell for about 10 minutes where they passed the ball well and looked to be in control however it was City who finished the stronger. 

They had a few half-decent chances with Murphy hitting the top netting while Cory Galvin and Dalling missed opportunities.

Dalling found himself in the penalty spot area only to totally miss kick his shot which looked a surety to go in if was on target and would have given his side a deserved equaliser.

Fenn’s message before the game was to get off to a good start in this restart to the season. And although there was a massive improvement in the team unfortunately, City still are missing that striking force. Their lack of goals this season, just the one, tells it’s own story.

Apart from the Munster Senior Cup clash against Rockmount on Tuesday, City have Waterford away next week and then home to Sligo. 

These league games are vital games that will define their season. City really need six points from the two games if they are to avoid relegation.

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