The Leesiders are champions-elect for some time on the back of a powerful start to the campaign, and now need just five more points to confirm it. Dundalk trail City by 17 points and it’s a question of when, not if, City secure the top-flight trophy for just the third time in the club’s history.
There had been a few questions over their endurance and nerve after the sale of top-scorer Seanie Maguire and attacking wing-back Kevin O’Connor to Preston, but defeating Finn Harps answered a few of those. City’s next league game is also away, to Shamrock Rovers on Friday week, as they host Athlone Town in the FAI Cup this Friday, 7.45pm.
However, it’s still unclear when City will actually seal the deal for the title. Caulfield’s charges were supposed to face rivals Dundalk on Friday, September 15, but that has been postponed as they take on Shamrock Rovers in the EA Sports Cup final that weekend.
There are no league fixtures on the weekend of Friday, September 8, as it is reserved for FAI Cup action, while City are away to Limerick on Saturday, September 25. Of course, if they beat Rovers on Friday week and Limerick in that clash, the title will be theirs.
With the Dundalk tie postponed, the next home game is October 7 against Derry, unless the showdown with the Louth side is slotted in before then.