Strength in depth key to Cork City success

Strength in depth key to Cork City success
Greg Bolger watches on from the bench during the win over St Patrick's Athletic. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Noel Spillane

Soccer

THE fact that one of the best midfielders in the country can’t get into the Cork City team at the moment just underlines the strength-in-depth and the sheer quality that manager John Caulfield has at his disposal this season.

City’s marquee signing last year, Greg Bolger has struggled to nail down a regular spot so far this season though he has been hampered by injury too.

The numbers are down a bit but we have great quality in the squad this year and when you see someone like Greg (Bolger) not in the team that shows you just how strong we are and the level of competition we have this season.

“He’s one of the best midfielder in the league and he’s just waiting to get back in if we have one or two injuries. 

"You simply have to play well to say in the team these days and when we are doing so well, it’s hard to get into the side,” said Garry Buckley when he met the media at Bishopstown.

“I have had a bit of a streak scoring goals and I am happy with that side of it but I think my general play can improve as the season unfolds. 

"I’d hope to get a few more goals, and as long as I am contributing to the team, I am happy enough. 

"I think having 12 wins and a draw in our opening 13 games is remarkable.

“Morale in the squad is very good and why wouldn’t it be as we’re top of the table. 

"We are winning games and there’s good and bad to the result up in Galway but we can press on now.

We go into every game to try ad win it and while it was disappointing to be held to a 1-1 draw by Galway we are determined to bounce back with a win over Drogheda.

“It will be hard to break them down because they will sit back with two banks of four and play on the counter but, as the home side, our fans will expect us to score a few goals and win well. 

"We will have to play well and hopefully, we can get an early goal and push on from there,” said Buckley ahead of Friday’s night’s clash with Pete Mahon’s mid-table Drogheda.

“Every team we play now in the second batch of fixtures wants to be the first team to beat us and Drogheda will be no different. 

"It’s the challenge we face every week, and if we are to be crowned champions at the end of the season, then we have to deal with those scenarios and that’s what we aim to do this year,” said Buckley, who faces three games in eight days - home to Drogheda this weekend, away to Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds on Monday night, and home to Shamrock Rovers on Friday night week.

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