FOR the first time this season, Cork City boss John Caulfield has admitted that the countdown to the league title is underway.
City have three league games coming up beginning with Galway at home tonight, 7.45pm, home to Bohs on Monday night and then away to basement club Drogheda next weekend and a nine-point haul from those games will leave Cork in touching distance of a first championship success in 12 years. They are currently 15 points clear with a game in hand.
“I suppose you could say it’s the countdown and the players know what we need to do. We are in a good position and we just need to drive on and again the crowd can play a big part too. It’s the post-Seanie Maguire and Kevin O’Connor era but we were never a one or two man team and we have other lads bursting to get into the side now and go on to win league medals,” he said.
“The two lads were great players for us but we have Shane Griffin to come in at left-back and up top we have options with Karl Sheppard, Achille Campion and Connor Ellis all aware that Seanie’s position is up for grabs and you could sense that in training all week.
“Obviously we are disappointed to be out of the Europa League but we are back to domestic competition now and chasing trophies. Galway at home tomorrow night and Bohemians here on Monday are two huge games and we have to go for two wins and six points,” he added.
Former City midfielder Gavan Holohan hit a hat-trick last week and will be an obvious threat tonight.
"It’s back to league action for City now, one of three competitions they can win this year, and they are certainly challenging on all fronts and in a great position in the title race.
“Galway will be a test again as they were away from home and they have some fine footballers in Gavan Holohan and Stephen Folan who were with us last year.
They are on a decent run and they’ve had back-to-back wins, and like us, they are in the semi-finals of the EA Sports Cup against Dundalk. Our clash up in Galway in May was a 50/50 affair and we will need to be at our best to get the points,” added Caulfield who has a full strength squad, bar long-term casualty Johnny Dunleavy, available.