A 3-0 victory against Sligo Rovers on Friday night was a relief for Neale Fenn and his squad.
This much-needed win had a lot of positives. First and foremost, we saw goals.
The lack of goals was a huge worry for City since the beginning of the season. However having signed three new strikers in the recent fortnight, we had hoped we would see a different team and we certainly did.
New signing Kit Elliot made his debut and scored from the penalty spot on the 77th minute to make it 2-0 for City. The first scored by the impressive Deshane Dalling while once again it was the youngster Ricardo Dinanga who scored in added time with a superb strike.
Another huge positive for City was how confident they looked. They played with confidence right from the beginning and with Mark McNulty, Joseph Oluwu and Alan Bennett marshalled the defence, and this confidence filtered throughout the team.
McNulty and Bennett were very vocal and encouraging, facilitating a solid performance from the entire team.
Although the midfield was bypassed a lot, which suited City’s style of play with the space the wingers had. Cian Coleman was solid in the middle when on the ball, creating a lot going forward especially in the second half, while the new strikers look very promising.
Kit Elliot was lively throughout getting into great positions at times and he converted his penalty as he coolly slotted beyond Ed McGinty. Elliot is a big young fella who looked a real threat up top and I have no doubt he will hassle a lot of defenders.
City’s other new striker Scott Fenwick had some lovely touches but struggled to really get into the game and was eventually replaced by Ricardo Dinango.
I suggested recently how playing behind closed doors with suit this young City side, that they might feel less pressure and play with more confidence.
I saw this come to fruition on Friday night. There were solid performances from Uniss Kargbo and Deshane Dalling and with the three points added will only help more.
For me, confidence was key. We saw a confident, passionate and very well organised City side that we haven't seen in a while. It was the most complete performance we’ve seen this season. And let’s hope they can capitalise on this.
It’s great to see a more solid squad. Gearoid Morrissey, Dylan McGlade, Daire O’Connor and Dinanga were on the bench.
I am also excited to see what new signing Connor Simpson has to offer. He will be eligible to play in the game against Derry and it will be interesting to see him add another dimension up top.
City’s next game away to Derry in the Brandywell is less worrying for Fenn as I’m sure after this win, the lads will have gained a lot of confidence and hopefully, they will carry this through for the remainder of the season.