CORK City’s John Caulfield said that his players were evolving as a team and Friday night’s five-goal rout of Finn Harps proved the point at Turner’s Cross.
The victory pushed Cork 14 points ahead of second-placed Bray and 15 in front of defending champions Dundalk with the emphatic win, their 12th in a row in the league.
“We are very pleased with the outcome, and despite all the articles during the week, I knew it was going to be a difficult game and while Finn Harps had a few guys out, they still managed to field a strong starting 11.
“They had a strong team on the park and they caused us some problems in the first half.
It was a night where it was hard to get people up for the game and our intensity wasn’t great and we were not as good as we can be but that was all credit to Harps,” said Caulfield afterwards.
“We got the first goal and that was key but there was a 10 to 15 minute period there where Harps were dangerous on the break and from set pieces. We had to up our game, up our tempo and up our passing and our second half was like the Cork of old. I suppose the floodgates opened after that and we ended up with five goals and a clean sheet.
“It was great to have another clean sheet and ‘Nults’ had one or two big saves but, overall, it’s another three points on a night when other results went our way too.
We just need to keep driving on now and see where we are at the half-way point and the June break,” he added.
“We have extended our lead to 14 points but we have to keep our focus every week and in every game.
The games are getting more difficult because they all want to knock us off the top and get a win over us.
“Okay the score line looks very impressive, which it is, but Harps were right in the game up to Seanie Maguire’s first goal but at 1-0 for almost 70 minutes it was a tough contest. You have to play at your highest level, otherwise, we’ll get caught out,” he added.