CORK CITY manager John Caulfield hailed the character of his team after sub Josh O’Hanlon’s winner earned the champions a come-from-behind win over Limerick at Turner’s Cross on Saturday.
Having fallen behind to a 34th-minute goal by former City man Danny Morrissey, the home side levelled through Graham Cummins but had to wait until 20 minutes from time for the winner to come with O’Hanlon’s first touch.
With Dundalk having lost to Waterford on Friday night, it meant that City moved three points ahead at the top again, to Caulfield’s delight.
“It was a tremendous win,” he said, “probably our biggest win of the season.
“It was a very difficult game, after last night’s result everyone assumes you’re going to pick up three points, but it’s never like that. I keep saying in this league, week after week, results will change.
“They win ahead but the lads bounced back, it was a warm day, hard going, but Limerick were giving everything for Tommy Barrett, you can see why they’ve taken a lot of results.
“We had to dig it out, it was great for Josh to score his first league goal.
"Overall, we’re very happy with the three points.”
For striker O’Hanlon, who joined from St Patrick’s Athletic in the off-season, it was a first league goal and the manager hopes that he can build on the momentum.
“The situation was that he had missed the start of the season,” Caulfield said, “he had been out for five weeks, so from a pre-season point of view, he missed all that.
“Over the last number of weeks, he has been working very hard and he has come into games and done well.
"It was great for him to come off the bench and score today, the more game-time he gets, it means he has pace and he’s strong.
“At the same time, Graham has scored one every two games, today we used the two of them together, something we’ve looked at and when we get Josh to full fitness then it’s a big option for us.”