Caulfield: Damien Delaney will have a big impact in the second half of the season

Caulfield: Damien Delaney will have a big impact in the second half of the season
Cork City manager John Caulfield with new signing Damien Delaney

CORK City manager John Caulfield saw his team return to the top of the table on Saturday night and believes that new signing Damien Delaney can only improve the side.

Goals from Kieran Sadlier and Graham Cummins earned City a 2-0 win away to Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds, their 13th league clean sheet. 

Ireland international Delaney will join on July 1 and Caulfield is looking forward to the positive effect he will bring.

“You can never beat having brilliant people around your club, great professionals,” he said.

“Obviously, he has an awful lot to offer this club and the younger players coming through. 

"What we see with Damien is that he’ll have a big impact in the second half of the season, he’s mad to play.

“He can see that this team is doing brilliantly, but we feel he can offer a lot to the team.” 

Sadlier’s goal inside the first minute set City on their way on Saturday but the win wasn’t secured until Cummins netted on 80.

“I think it was a game where we started on fire, Sadlier got a brilliant goal,” Caulfield said.

“In the first 20 minutes, we had great chances to get the second goal, and then obviously the injury, a clash of heads, we hope McFadden isn’t seriously hurt, but the game being stopped for five minutes took the momentum and the pace out of it and it became scrappy.

“Certainly, in the second half, we looked a bit fatigued and we backed off, three games a week probably took its toll in the weather, Sadlier had a great chance and Mark made a great save, which was probably their only chance.

“We didn’t play as well as we could have but some nights you have to take responsibility, stand up and be counted when you’re under the cosh and defend properly. 

"Beats [Steven Beattie] put in a great cross, typical Graham, phenomenal header and it’s a great three points for us.”

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