Cork City’s wonderful winning streak in the League of Ireland Premier Division ended last night as Shane Keegan’s Galway United held them to a 1-1 draw, and to be fair it was well deserved by the Tribesmen.
They dominated most of the game, but fell behind to a Conor McCormack deflected effort in the second half. However moments later Man of the Match Stephen Folan capped a quite outstanding performance with a flicked header from a free-kick to equalise.
Cork boss John Caulfield told the assembled media after the game, “Yeah it was a helter-skelter game. First half we weren’t that good. Galway had a lot of possession and played really well, probably had one chance.”
“There wasn’t much in the first half but they did dominate the game. Half time we had a chat and changed things around.”
“Obviously Gearoid Morrissey went off injured which upset us a small bit. Second half we tore into the game, it was a great second half. I suppose when you go one up, we normally don’t concede from free-kicks but Stephen Folan had a great header. We’ll give Stephen great credit for his goal, it was a great flick on by him.”
“Obviously we’re disappointed, as we had three glorious chances to win the game. That’s the way it goes. We’re unbeaten after 23 games and we drive on to next Friday night.”
Caulfield continued, “We want to win every week, and we try to win every week. Teams raise their game, and we understand that. It was a tremendous performance by Galway, and they had a lot of players who played really really well.”
“It’s all about consistency. That’s the biggest challenge to all teams is that consistency. The first half we weren’t, the second half we did very well. We felt we had opportunities to win the game, and didn’t take them. But to be fair to Galway when you look back maybe a draw was a fair result.”
On all the talk of the winning streak Caulfield said, “It never threw me off. Records mean nothing. The League title at the end of the day is the record you want. I’ve always said that.”
“Maybe it has affected some of the lads, they’re a great bunch of guys who keep their feet in the ground. Cork’s a massive area, a lot of pressure, a lot of media coverage, so sometimes maybe it does. It hasn’t up to now. Do I think it has? I thought we did very well. Every game is a tough challenge, it will come right down to the wire. All teams give everything and that’s what it’s about.”