FIVE GAMES THAT SHAPED CITY'S SEA­SON

Irish Examiner - Sport - - SOCCER - Words: David Ludzik

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.

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