CORK CITY boss John Caulfield said that the domestic league is alive and well after a huge 2-1 win for his FAI Cup champions over the league champions, Dundalk at Turner’s Cross over the weekend.
“It was a big game and a full house of nearly 7,000 - it was a great afternoon and shows you the interest and passion that is there for the league.
"We wanted to improve on last weekend up at Rovers and we did that and I was pleased with it. We did a lot of work on the areas where I felt we could improve and it worked well for us.
"We got two great goals and we are well in control and in a comfortable position at two goals up at the break.
"They got a goal back and they were throwing the kitchen sink at us towards the end but we got the job done and it’s a big three points for us.
"We showed a lot of resilience and desire and we had good possession. It was a big win for us and a win achieved without three of our best players,” added Caulfield.
“It shows that when you are missing key players, you have lads to come in and do the job."
The City boss was thrilled with the contribution of some of his new recruits.
"We had Jimmy Keohane at right-back, Conor McCormack in the middle on Paddy McEleney and Karl Sheppard doing what he does best and getting among the goals.
"It was a big win and puts us six points clear at the top with games to come away to Limerick and home to Derry City on Friday night week,” he added.
“Jimmy was only asked to play at right-back the day before and he took a few minutes to get his feet but he settled into it and did well in defence.
"Conor McCormack kept tabs on Patrick McEleney and he did a fine job too.
"Up to 24 hours before the game, I thought we’d have Steven Beattie and Johnny Dunleavy in the team but they both missed out late on and we had to stick to the game plan."
City are clearly a united squad, despite the new arrivals in the off-season.
“We have tremendous energy and spirit in this squad and they showed it again playing some great football and we got the result we all wanted.
“We rushed things a bit in the second half and we lost some of our shape and composure but that van happen when you are missing a top player like Greg Bolger.
"Overall the changes we had to make worked for us and we move on to a big provincial derby with Limerick at the Market’s Field next Friday night,” he added.