CORK City boss John Caulfield praised his team’s dogged determination and second-half comeback as they extended their unbeaten run to 15 matches for the season at the Showgrounds in sunny Sligo.
Goals from Achille Campion and Kevin O'Connor helped City to a 2-1 victory on the road, coming from one down at the break. Next up is Shamrock Rovers on home soil this Friday, with City 16 points clear of champions and great rivals Dundalk, who do have a game in hand.
“It was a fantastic result for us to come from behind at half-time against one of our bogey teams and win the game and collect the three points. It was another massive three points on the road and it sets us up nicely for Shamrock Rovers back at the Cross on Friday night.
“We made a great start in the opening 10 minutes and we should have been ahead but the tie changed with what was a controversial penalty and we felt was wasn’t a spot kick at all. Sligo played on the counter-attack and they are a good side at home and for the second time this year they took a first half lead against us,” said Caulfield afterwards.
“We had to re-assess things at the break and we knew we had to up our performance and we had a super second half and got the two goals. We were well in control, we passed and moved the ball well, and we created our best chances and we even missed a penalty of our own.
"It didn’t affect or knock the lads and we showed great resilience to get back level and go on to win it. We showed great determination and once we got it back to one-all, I felt we’d go on and win it and thankfully we did and I’m delighted with the outcome,” said Caulfield after second half goals from Achille Campion and Kevin O’Connor earned City all three points.
“Even though Seanie (Maguire) scuffed his spot kick it didn’t impact on us at all and then Achille (Campion) stepped off the bench and he had an immediate impact. He made a big difference to be fair.
“Sligo’s centre-backs had the shackles on Seanie for the most part but Campion livened things up and it was a night that suited him. He scored with his first touch but he also started to win headers and flick-ons and he held the ball up well. He was a real presence from the moment he stepped off the bench,” he added.
It was a game when Campion and O’Connor scored their first league goals of the season and it was a great night for them to produce the goods.
"It was a great move in the lead up to Achille’s tap-in goal and Kev O’Connor had been whipping balls into the box like that in training all week. Sligo slipped up in that they had no one on the far post. It was a hard corner to defend to be fair. It’s been a while since we won up here in Sligo but overall I felt we deserved it."