It has been just over two months since Garry Buckley last sat in front of reporters in the director’s room at Turner’s Cross to give his post-match reaction to Cork City’s latest match. On that occasion, Buckley was relieved after netting his first
It has been just over two months since Garry Buckley last sat in front of reporters in the director’s room at Turner’s Cross to give his post-match reaction to Cork City’s latest match.
On that occasion, Buckley was relieved after netting his first goal in three months in the 4-0 win over Bray Wanderers and almost immediately vowed to add more goals to his game as the season wore on.
On this occasion, the attacking midfielder was again picking up the man of the match following his side’s 5-0 win against Derry City but the lack of goals is no longer an issue as his brace on Monday night saw him already surpass last season’s total in the league.
“I have seven in the league now which is good, I think I’ve beaten last year’s tally,” admitted Buckley.
“I think my best tally was nine in the league so I’m always looking to improve. My aim is always to improve on my best year but that’s not just with goals and assists, its performances as well.
“That’s always my aim but as long as we're getting the three points and I’m contributing to the team and we're up there contesting for titles, that’s the main thing.”
That convincing win against the Candystripes moved the Leesiders to within just one point of Dundalk in the race for the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division title.
The result also banished any lingering disappointment following their heavy defeat to Legia Warsaw over two legs in the Champions League first-round qualifier with Buckley believing this was their best performance of the season.
“It think it was, I thought for the whole 90 minutes we were outstanding,” he enthused.
“We came out of the traps well, got two good goals and that set us up well for the rest of the game. I thought it was a very professional performance in the second half. I thought we played some good football, we got some nice goals, some nice play so we're pleased with it.
“It’s always a sticky fixture the one straight after Europe so it was nice to get back to winning ways. We had two disappointing results in the league after the break so it was nice to get back to winning ways and get closer to the top of the table where we want to be.”