KIERAN SADLIER’S first goal for Cork City against Bray Wanderers has propelled the cup holders into the next round of the FAI Cup and manager John Caulfield says that this is the first of many great goals to come from the former Republic of Ireland schoolboy and youths star.
Having missed a penalty early in the second half, the ex-Sligo Rovers man who was cup-tied for the EA Sports Cup semi-final with Shamrock Rovers, drove home the match winner four minutes later at the Carlisle Grounds.
“Yeah I was delighted to get off the mark and the fact that it was the winning goal is all the more special, I suppose.
"It means we are in the hat for the next round and that’s the most important thing for us as the Cup holders.
“It was a little embarrassing to miss the penalty but you can’t let that get in your head and let it affect your game and the best way to react to that I suppose was to crack home the winner four minutes later.
“I was pleased with the goal and it all came about from a throw-in and then a one-two with Shane Griffin whose got quality feet in tight situations.
"He can do that on a regular basis. He set me up for a right-footed shot on goal and the ball flew high into the far corner of the net.
"I think the ‘keeper got a hand to it okay. I hit it sweet and the power in the shot took it past him,” explained Sadlier afterwards.
“It was nice for me to get my first goal for the club and I suppose it was a bit of a weight off my shoulders too but it’s really all about performances and winning games and that was our objective to get to the next round of the Cup and to avoid the game going to extra-time.
“I have known ‘Griff’ (Shane Griffin) since I was a youngster and I love playing with him down the left wing.
"We have played together in the Ireland underage teams from U16 up so we know one another quiet well.
"We do play well together and we have a good understanding at this stage,” he said.
“I am not too worried who we get the next round because when you look at our league form and just one defeat in 23 games, we are well capable of beating any one on our day.
The lads probably want a home draw and that’s understandable given all the travelling we have been doing in the past week or so to Drogheda, to Shamrock Rovers and on here to Bray.
Some of the big clubs like Bohemians, Sligo Rovers and Bray are gone out of the competition at the first hurdle but on our day no matter who we face, we know can beat them,” he added.
City boss John Caulfield was loud in his praise for his match winner.
“It was a brilliant goal by Kieran and we will see a lot more of him next season and beyond because he’s a brilliant footballer.
"Everyone loves a left-sided player, he’s a magic player and a fabulous footballer.
“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 there’s no escape but he has all the attributes and character to cope with it.
It’s demanding but he’s getting there and he’s an exciting player to watch, he’s a real crowd pleaser and the good thing is that he’s a Cork City player,” added Caulfield.