THE explosion of noise and obvious joy at the end of Cork City’s 1-0 win over Finn Harps on Friday night at Turner’s Cross, needed to be heard to be believed.
The outcry of emotion was far greater than it should have been for any routine win over a side like Finn Harps. But when you consider the three previous results when City had lost three games, conceded 10 and scored none, it was fantastic to see that the fans still remained behind Neal Fenn’s Rebel Army.
Alec Byrne’s winner midway through the second half came from a corner when he headed to the back of the Finn Harps net. It certainly fired up the faithful in the Shed End and when the final whistle blew, they were a sea of sound, showing their love and affection shown towards this new-look City team.
It was deserved.
While Harps were the better side in the first half, City were clearly the better side in the second with several players impressing.
Deshane Dalling on the left looked very good. Alec Byrne and Gearoid Morrissey in the middle worked their socks off.
McGlade huffed and puffed, and while he worked hard I felt he held onto the ball too much at times. Daire O’Connor showed glimpses of his previous form and was unlucky not to have a goal when his effort was disallowed for offside.
Liam Bossin in goal made two great saves in the first half but unfortunately, he had to go off just before half time with a very serious injury.
The young keeper left the ground unconscious in an ambulance and we wish him a speedy recovery. Up until then he had done everything right and looks a good keeper.
Mark McNulty will probably now start in goal against St Pat’s due to the concussion protocol, and to be fair to him, he looked sharp on his return to first-team action for 45 minutes on Friday night.
Of course, the most important thing for Fenn and his assistant Joe Gamble wasn’t the performance, but it was the win.
They needed that first victory, any way possible. They got there and that’s the most important thing.
They travel to St Pat’s on Friday night, who themselves are in the middle of a bad run after losing to Shels. It is an opportunity for City to kick on and gain their first away points of the season.
I would imagine the confidence will bounce back into the players following that well-deserved result.
Finn Harps were slightly better than City in the first half coming close to scoring on two occasions, while City created nothing except one or two chances that McGlade wasted by overplaying the ball.
However, whatever Fenn said to them at half time, they were a better side in the second half, playing the better, sharper football. They had a lot of joy down the left delivering a lot of crosses into the box, creating a few chances which built up the excitement from the crowd.
Overall, a very positive night.
The win was the most important factor but we got a glimpse of how good this team can be when they play with the right tempo.