CORK City honoured the memory of the late Liam Miller as they came from 2-0 down to claim the President’s Cup with a 4-2 win over Dundalk at Oriel Park yesterday.
Goals from Karl Sheppard, Barry McNamee, Kieran Sadlier and Graham Cummins turned the game around for City after two Ronan Murray goals had given the home side a half-time cushion.
Miller, who spent the 2015 season with City, died on Friday and is being buried today and City manager John Caulfield felt that the comeback would have made him proud.
“At the end of the day, Liam Miller was a professional footballer all his life, he was living his dream,” he said.
“If he had been watching there today, he’d have been very disappointed with the first-half performance and would have expected guys to go out and have a go in the second half so it was important that they did.
“It’s only three years ago since he came back home and joined the club, the press conference was the biggest we had had because of Liam’s standing and who he was.
“He was a very popular guy, he was shy but within the group he was quite witty. For his family and his kids it’s really tough, because the reality is that we get wound up in football but your health is the most important thing.”
City goalkeeper Mark McNulty was a close friend of Miller and didn’t travel yesterday. With so many in Cork soccer circles having links to Miller, Caulfield is calling on them to show support.
“He would have been 37 on Tuesday and with three young kids,” he said.
“I’d have known him from the outside or whatever but I only got to know him properly from working with him as a manager.
“He was just a lovely person, humble and never gloated. The heights he got to with United and Ireland, he never really spoke about it unless you asked him and even then he’d be quite shy about it.
“It’s a tragic situation and obviously some people in the club were very close to him, particularly Mark McNulty, so from that point of view it’s very difficult.
“The most important thing is to show support to his family. Nothing will ease the pain for them but hopefully the club and the people of Cork will come out in force to pay their respects.”