Two games, no points, no goals for Cork City - The Barbara O'Connell column

Two games, no points, no goals for Cork City - The Barbara O'Connell column
Cork City's Liam Nash after a miss against Waterford during the SSE Airtricity premier division game at Turners Cross last night. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

TWO games, no points and no goals.

Cork City’s miserable start to the Airtricty Premier league season continued last night at Turner’s Cross when they were well beaten by a very organised and well drilled Waterford side who struck late in each half to seal all three points in front of their very large and vocal group of supporters.

Goals from Bastien Hery and Zak Elbouzedi sealed a deserved victory but such was their dominance they could have easily won by a goal or two more. 

And tonight, that is one of the biggest areas of concern for Cork City and Caulfield. 

They are not creating enough chances and I can only remember two decent chances one from Kevin O’Connor in the first half and one from Karl Sheppard in the second half, and that’s not good enough, especially when you’re playing at home.

This was a bad defeat against Waterford. 

Cork City simple weren’t good enough.

City didn’t create enough and when you’re playing at home you should be creating at least eight to 10 chances, however, that was not the case last night.

Other than the two chances I already mentioned, Matt Connor was rarely tested all evening. 

City’s first chance of the game came from James Tilley in the 24th minute when he got on the end of a great piece of play involving Ronan Hurley and Cummins. 

The second chance came from Karl Sheppard whose long range effort went over the bar while Kevin O’Connor’s effort on the 41st minute was superbly saved by Matt Connor.

City started the game slowly and after 10 minutes they were lucky not to be two down when two bad clearances, one a piece from Conor McCarthy and Alan Bennett, allowed Waterford two easy shots on target. 

However, lucky for Cork, Ishmail Akinade and Scott Twine both missed what were clear cut chances, although McNulty deserves great credit foe keeping out Twine's effort.

I was a little surprised at John Caulfield’s starting selection. 

I would have thought Kevin O’Connor would have started at left full once Shane Griffin was out, however, he showed faith in Ronan Hurley and to be fair to the youngster, he tried hard, however, I thought he was a little out of his debt and found himself under a lot of pressure from Zak Elbouzedi.

To be fair to the young lad, he has to play his way through these type of experiences and once he learns from them, he’ll come back a better player.

O’Connor began the game in midfield which I don’t believe is the place for him to be honest. 

He doesn’t have that natural instinct of going back to get the ball as often as he should have. 

At half time Caulfield made the switch putting him back to left full replacing Hurley, and I was happy with his decision to do that.

I'm sure he would have read the riot act to his team also.

New signing Garry Comerford took O’Connor’s position in midfield at half time and City looked to have a better shape about them. 

But still, I felt we lacked leadership and creativity in the middle of the park. 

Garry Buckley was playing too deep for my liking with very little or no support to play a pass to someone in a forward position. 

City played a little better in the second half, however, still lacked the creativity in the middle of the park and that’s where Waterford were very strong with Shane Duggan, Hery, and Johnathon Lunney dominating for the visitors.

City were slightly better in this period with Daire O’Connor coming more into the game. 

He looks a very good player but wasn’t on the ball enough over the course of the game. 

He’s a similar player to Hery and while Waterford get the ball to him as often as possible for him to work his magic, City don’t look to find O’Connor enough, but hopefully this will change.

The one real chance created early in the second half was by Waterford in the 68th minute when substitution and former City man Aaron Drinan should have made it two nil when he shot from close range but thankfully his shot hit the side netting. 

Two minutes later Sheppard thought he had equalised for City however Rory Feely was in the right place clearing Sheppard’s shot off the line. 

That was the closest City came to scoring all evening. 

But Waterford had the last say when again in added time of this half, a quick break found Elbouzedi in space and he made no mistake in slotting past Mark McNulty to seal all three points for Alan Reynold’s side.

City now travel to Sligo on Monday night and despite been short of confidence and goals, they need to find a way to win. 

Caulfield needs to find his best X1 quickly and settle on a shape otherwise this bad start could become a crisis.

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