Unstoppable Cork City are jumping for joy again

Unstoppable Cork City are jumping for joy again
Cork's Ryan Delaney and Greg Bolger celebrate with goalscorer Gearóid Morrissey. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

Noel Spillane

Soccer

CATCH US if you can.

That was the clear message from Turner's Cross last night, as runaway Premier Division league leaders Cork City upped the gears in the second half to record their 12th league win in a row.

On a night when Dundalk, whose four-in-a-row bid appears doomed already, lost to Shamrock Rovers, City opened a 14-point gap at the top of the table from Bray Wanderers, with the champions 15 behind their rivals.

John Caulfield's charges are now closing in on Bohemians' winning streak of 15 in succession, a record that goes all the way back to the 1920s.

Gearóid Morrissey. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie
Gearóid Morrissey. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

Goals from Seanie Maguire (2), Stephen Dooley, Gearoid Morrissey and Ryan Delaney made it a 5-0 rout before a 3,800 plus crowd, and the team now have an incredible goal difference of plus 28, with Bray on plus six to highlight just how good City's campaign has been.

City’s hammering of Finn Harps was the start of the second cycle of 33 league fixtures and there is no doubt but that it’s the Leesiders league title to lose now even if Caulfield was eager to play down that talk.

“There’s a long, long way to go and we won’t get too carried away at all. All the chat and talk in the dressing room was just about our next game away to Galway United next Friday night and that was it really,” said Caulfield afterwards.

“It was great that we extended our lead at the top and great to keep another clean sheet. But we just need to keep driving on and let’s see where we are come the June break and before we get stuck into our Europa League fixtures.

“We need to keep our focus and keep our feet on the ground and we are not talking about records or anything like that. If we do equal or better Bohs’ record then so be it,” he added.

“We have no easy games coming up and that’s what we need to keep in mind. There’s so much hype about the run we are on at the moment that the games are getting harder because every club out there wants be the one to take us down.

“We have to be sure we are on our game and at our highest level because if we are not then we will be caught,” added Caulfield whose side are chasing all three domestic trophies, having last Monday reached the League Cup semi-final by beating St Pat's.

“Every week, you have to be ready for the challenge, and any away ground is a tough tie now. The opposition are raising their game wherever we go to play and Galway will be no different next weekend,” he added.

In Division 1, Cobh Ramblers fell to a 2-1 defeat away to Athlone, despite a goal from in-form young gun Matthew Whelan.

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