Karl Caulfield scored the only goal of the game in Friday night’s win over Shelbourne at Tolka Park, in a game that saw Cobh Ramblers return to the summit of the First Division table.
Caulfield was delighted with the three points, but said that they had to battle really hard to get them. He said, “Well, I suppose my thoughts are that it was a battle. Shels played some great stuff at times and created their fair share of opportunities also. They’ll feel they should have got something out of the game.”
“I thought we worked very hard as a team and kept our shape. First and foremost, that’s what the manager and the coaches ask of us every week, to give 100% and the lads gave that last night.”
The 30 year-old midfielder has had a lot to deal with lately, as his Dad has recently passed away, but playing in Stephen Henderson’s team is just the tonic for him. He said, “It’s honestly a pleasure to play with this group, they leave it all out there, week in week out and show their quality when the time is right.”
“Delighted with the win. Sometimes you got to dig them out and they’re the most satisfying ones.”
Here’s Karl’s goal, and it’s a cracker;
“In relation to the goal, it’s just split second thinking really, the ball from Charlie Fleming was great, the weight on it gave me time to get my head up. I knew the minute I’d released it that the keeper wasn’t going to get there. You can try these things a million times and mostly they’ll fly over the top or land embarrassingly into the keepers hands. It tried one at Longford earlier this season and lets just say I didn’t get the result. Delighted with it though. Thats two nice goals this season and hopefully I can add a few more.”
He was also very quick to heap praise on the Ramblers defence, and goalkeeper Paul Hunt saying, “I have to acknowledge the defending and the goalkeeping performance though. Our defenders threw their bodies on the line tonight to keep the clean sheet. Hunty in goal was unbelievable, he pulled off one of the best saves you’ll see. An outstanding performance.”