CORK CITY If the table looks the same at the end of the season as it does in the mid-season break then Cork City will be champions for the fourth time in its history. But the bar has been raised to such a high level at the club that there remains
If the table looks the same at the end of the season as it does in the mid-season break then Cork City will be champions for the fourth time in its history.
But the bar has been raised to such a high level at the club that there remains a sense on Leeside that John Caulfield’s side are capable of producing even better performances.
City have been relentless at Turner’s Cross, winning all 11 of their home games in the league and conceding just three goals in the process.
Their penalty shoot-out defeat to Waterford in the League Cup was a disappointment but City remain in a good position to potentially to add the League and FAI Cup to their Munster Senior Cup triumph in the second half of the season. There’s also the small matter of Champions League football to come.
Mid-Season Rating: B
The main thing at the moment for City is that they have more points than the only other title challenger; Dundalk. But the fact that they have scored less goals and conceded more than the Lilywhites prevents them from getting an A. Still capable of better which is a good sign.
Best Player: Graham Cummins
The striker recently conducted a post-match press conference holding a bandage to his head which typified the hard work he puts in when leading the attack by himself. His 12 goals so far this season sees him join Kieran Sadlier as the club’s top goal scorer, third overall in the league, which is a decent tally on his return to the club.
Most Promising Newcomer: Sean McLoughlin
The youngster has been a rock since coming into the heart of the City defence. His performances have been so impressive that he has recently been linked with a move to Liverpool and Everton in the English Premier League. Will be interesting to see how the impending arrival of Damien Delaney will impact the 21-year-old.
Area They Need To Strengthen: Attack
Should Graham Cummins pick up an injury, the Champions would be short of options to play up front. With Michael Howard returning to Preston North End following the conclusion of his loan deal, City could do with bringing someone in.