Caulfield targets Europa windfall after City's four-goal haul at the Cross

Caulfield targets Europa windfall after City's four-goal haul at the Cross
Stand up for Cork City! Picture: Eddie O'Hare

CORK CITY manager John Caulfield said that he wants to continue to make progress in the Europa League and get the club quarter-of-a-million euro.

City beat Estonia’s Levadia Tallinn by 4-2 and 6-2 on aggregate at Turner’s Cross last night – their biggest ever European victory - to set themselves up nicely for Sunday’s home league encounter with an improving St Pat’s (2pm) and the visit of AEK Larnaca to Cork on next Thursday night.

“The domestic league is the competition we can win – we won’t win the Europa League - but the longer we progress in the competition the better it is for us from a financial standpoint and we get our hands on a quarter-of-a-million euro,” said Caulfield after a Seanie Maguire hat-trick helped ease Caulfield’s side past a much improved Estonian opposition.

Gearoid Morrissey goes past Levadia Tallinn's Maksim Podholjuzin. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Gearoid Morrissey goes past Levadia Tallinn's Maksim Podholjuzin. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

“We were phenomenal in the second half to be honest even though they had a few opportunities to get back into it and that was down to poor defending on our part. I think we were a bit edgy and we were not playing our normal game. It was a blatant handball for their second goal and some of the decisions that went against us baffled us to be honest,” he added.

“We moved the ball that bit quicker and we played some lovely one and two touch football after the break and I was happy with that side of it. We got it back to 2-2 after 28 seconds of the restart and that was a real boost but it was not a typical Cork City performance tonight.

Seanie Maguire heads home his third goal. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Seanie Maguire heads home his third goal. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

“Seanie (Maguire) scored a superb hat-trick in what was a proper second half performance by us.

“Levadia are not a bad side, but over the two legs, we were the better side and now for the first time in the club’s history we have beaten two clubs, home and away, in European competition with Levadia Tallinn joining FC Malmo on the list,” he added.

“We took it to them last week and they didn’t expect us to dominate them but they were much better tonight. They have four or five very good players and they were dangerous on the break. They went with a 4-4-2 which is what we expected of them.”

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