CORK CITY manager John Caulfield felt that defeating Cobh Ramblers and booking their place in the Munster Senior Cup final was a good way to prepare for Saturday’s Presidents Cup final against Dundalk.
Alan Bennett’s headed goal in extra time proved enough for City to progress and it means the Rebel Army are one step closer from winning the competition for the 19th time.
On what were terrible weather conditions for football, the application of his players was something which pleased Caulfield against Ramblers.
“The most important thing was that the attitude of the lads was fantastic.
"Cobh have a lot of ex Cork City players, so we knew they would raise their game and would put it to us.
“We knew we would have to try and break them down.
"There was lots of positives. It was a tough game and in tough conditions.
"When you are in a dogfight like that and see players are shivering with the cold, having to keep their concentration and keep going right until the end to get the winner, you have to be pleased with that.” Regarding Kevin O’Connor and Liam Nash of Gillingham, Caulfield added he is still hopeful of completing deals for the pair.
“We working on a few things and hoping they might come through possibly by the weekend.
“As I have said, it is still possible that neither of them might come through.
"We will see over the next few days.”
City will play the winners of Midleton v Mayfield United, who contest the other semi final tie, in the Munster Senior Cup decider.