Cork City fans buzzing as the records fall

Cork City fans buzzing as the records fall
Cork City's fans celebrate after defeating Bray. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Noel Spillane 

Soccer

CORK CITY are just three games away from equalling Bohemians 15-match league winning record that goes all the way back to 1924!

The Gypsies went 15 straight wins at the start of that 1924/25 league campaign but now John Caulfield’s side are up to 12 successive wins since the start of the season and they have the record in their sights.

Cork play Finn Harps on Friday night, meet Galway away on May 12 and then possibly have an opportunity to equal it at home to Drogheda United on May 19.

All going well, they could set a new landmark of 16 straight wins away to Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds on Monday night, May 22.

“We never talk about records in our dressing room and it’s something for the media to talk, write about and debate. It’s something that we can’t control in say three games time so that’s why we go game-to-game and it’s all about our performances from week-to-week,” said club captain Johnny Dunleavy.

“If the record follows our performance then so be it, well and good. But, first and foremost, we want to win the three points against Harps on Friday night and move on to the next fixture. We have set a new club record already but n one has mention this long standing Bohs’ record and that’s the honest truth,” he added.

Reflecting on their latest win over Bray - the 12th in a row - Dunleavy said: “We could have had three or four goals in the first half and it would not have flattered us. We showed our resilience as well and it was a great three points.

“No one is guaranteed a place in the team anymore because of the strength-in-depth we have at our disposal. The competition for places is fierce. You can see it every day in training because it’s intense and tough. We are all pushing one another and that’s the way it should be.

“I was delighted with my headed goal because I don’t get too many and when Peter Cherrie saved the first effort I thought that was that but the second chance cropped up and I put it away.

Garry Buckley was talking to Alan Bennett in the dressing room afterwards and when Cherrie saved the first one ‘Bucks’ turned around to ‘Benno’ and said: “Johnny hasn’t scored in three years and it’s not going to change now. But, sure enough, the very next corner .... bang and I scored,” laughed the Ballybofey man.

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