FIVE GAMES THAT SHAPED CITY'S SEASON
After giving Dundalk a head Start the previous Season, John Caulfield Stressed the need for his Side to Start well if they were going to wrestle the league title from Stephen Kenny's Side’s grasp. After defeating Dundalk 3-0 in the President’s Cup final the previous week, a Sean Maguire goal Shortly before the break Saw City and Maguire get off to the perfect Start in difficult conditions in
Donegal. After taking maximum points from their opening five league games, City followed up their FAI Cup final win and President’s Cup win over Dundalk with another Superb display that left Kenny's men already Six points behind So early in the Season.
City were full value for the win and the 2-1 Scoreline flattered Dundalk after two first-half goals from Karl Sheppard, both
Set up by Maguire,
Saw the Leesiders take control. David Mcmillan did pull one back in the Second half but the champions never looked like getting anything from the game as they were outplayed from Start to finish in a contest which had the Turner’s CROSS faithful believing this would be the year the title would return South. City's amazing run of 12 wins from 12 games came to an end when they were held by Galway United the previous week at Eamonn Deacy Park So it was important the players reacted in a positive way to their minor Setback next time out. Five goals without reply was the perfect answer as Jimmy Keohane opened the Scoring with Maguire and Sheppard netting a brace each as a rampant City Side ran riot against a hapless Drogheda. If anybody had any doubts that this team would capitalise on their bright Start, they were duly put to bed as City demolished their rivals in front of the TV cameras to move 18 points clear at the top. Having dropped points in recent Seasons following big European games, there was no repeat this time as City followed up victory over Lavadia Talinn in the Europa League on the Thursday with another win on the Sunday. A Maguire penalty did the trick against Liam Buckley's Saints, who had Owen Garvan Sent off at halftime. Any notions of a European hangover were dispelled and a happy Caulfield was full of praise for his leg-weary Side afterwards. It was the three points rather than the performance that was the most impressive outcome after a tough European game.