Cork City are showing signs of improvement even if wins are still very hard to come by

Cork City are showing signs of improvement even if wins are still very hard to come by
Dylan Watts of Shamrock Rovers in action against Cork City's Daire O'Connor. Picture: INPHO/Ken Sutton

CORK CITY will be happy with the point against Shamrock Rovers last weekend.

Both teams played really well at different times with City scoring against the run of play through Daire O’Connor.

Soon afterwards, though, Rovers took over. Two great saves by Mark McNulty and a ball cleared off the line preceded the leveller.

Rovers had a lot of the ball but City had the two best chances. Mark O’Sullivan should have got a penalty and Darragh Crowley should have scored a late winner. Yet John Cotter was happy enough with a point considering McNulty, deservedly, was man of the match.

It was entertaining, with some poor refereeing and a welcome return to form for McNulty.

Rovers play the way City should be, passing and moving the ball quickly and building from the back. They looked a fitter, faster and stronger team.

Cotter can’t ask for any more than effort from his side who worked their socks off.

One disappointing factor was the small crowd, 300 of them from Dublin. The fans aren’t that interested when City aren’t competing or playing entertaining football.

McCarthy and Dan Casey did well as centre-halves, Casey making some vital blocks. The full-backs are still a problem. I’m not sure if Colm Horgan is the man for the right while Hurley is still young. Kevin O’Connor should be occupying one full-back slot. He’s not a midfielder.

McCormack and Morrissey worked tiressly once again which will obviously cause headaches for Cotter for Friday night’s game against St Pat’s because Buckley and Sheppard are available. Who will Cotter drop?

Whoever he chooses, at least after Sunday’s performance, we can thankfully say they can’t be faulted for trying. They all put in a shift.

All you’d be hoping for over the remainder of the season is they’re a hard team to beat.

Hopefully the club is on the right track again. Selling McLoughlin was a good move. His form had dipped and the money the club received was fantastic. They also have the options in the squad making it a position easily filled through Alan Bennett, McCarthy, and Casey.

City were right to take the money before he left for free in November. It’s also a great opportunity for McLoughlin in Hull, securing a three-year deal, and I wish him the best of luck.

City are what they are. They’re not a great team, but they should be organised and working hard.

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