CORK CITY boss John Caulfield was well pleased to get over bogey side Bray Wanderers in the FAI Cup over the weekend.
The holders dug out a 1-0 away victory thanks to Kieran Sadlier’s goal and they are in the draw drum for today’s second round draw at Abbotstown.
“We are very happy to be in the next round because we have played five games now in 15 days and there has been a lot of travelling, injuries and suspensions and it’s taken a toll.
"We knew it would be a tricky game and Bray knocked the ball around well and they played on the counter and while we had chances, we couldn’t penetrate enough and we only had the one good chance with Karl Sheppard in the first half.
“We weren’t working hard enough but second half we upped the intensity and we got at them a bit more and that opened the game up. Kieran Sadlier did the business and he scored a cracking goal soon after missing a penalty and that showed the lad’s character,” said Caulfield afterwards.
“Achille Campion had another chance at the back post cleared off-the-line but the important thing for us is that we are in the next round and we are happy to be there. It was a brilliant goal by Kieran (Sadlier) and we will see a lot more of him next season and beyond because he’s a brilliant footballer with quick feet and a fabulous talent. Everyone loves a left-sided player and he’s a magic player.
“He’s come into a club like ours and you don’t understand the pressure that’s here – everyone around the city knows you - and you are in the papers all the time, there’s no escape.
"It’s demanding but he’s getting there and he’s an exciting player to watch, he’s a crowd pleaser and he’s a Cork City player now,” said Caulfield.
“Shane Griffin at left-back is another tremendous player and again we will see more and more of him and they combined so well. He’s another unsung hero and has played second to Kevin O’Connor for a season but now he’s an opportunity to grab his chance of first team football and I am sure he will between now and the end of the season.
“The pair of them down the left will be a great asset to us going forward, but listen tonight, was all about winning the game and getting into the next round,” he added.
Caulfield also had high praise for midfielders Garry Buckley ad Gearoid Morrissey.
“Garry is another, like Gearoid Morrissey, he’s quiet and unassuming and they never get in the ‘Team of the Year’ or the ‘Player of the Year’ – they rarely get mentioned but they are two of the best midfielders in the country.
"And we understand their work-rate and commitment to the club and they are right at the top of their game and the first names on my team sheet every week,” he told me.