Saturday 22 October 2016

Euro exit not on the agenda for Cork's brilliant Bolger

Cork City’s Greg Bolger. Pic: Sportsfile
Cork City’s Greg Bolger. Pic: Sportsfile

Swede dreams are made of this for midfielder Greg Bolger as the Cork City man is confident that his side can get through their test in Gothenburg and into the next round of the Europa League.

Cork, the first Irish club to defeat Swedish opposition in Europe, are heading back to Scandinavia, taking on BK Hacken on Thursday. City did their domestic duties, beating Wexford Youths 1-0 on Sunday to keep them in touch with league leaders Dundalk, but for Bolger - whose form earned him the June player of the month award from the SSE Airtricity Soccer Writers' Associaiton of Ireland - is hungry for more success in Europe.

"Now we go to Sweden, these are the games you want to play in, against better opposition than we're probably used to playing in the league," says Bolger ahead of Thursday's test in Gothenburg against a Hacken side currently mid-table in the Swedish top flight.

"I watched a few of their clips and they look decent to be fair, they've a few internationals, it's a game we look forward to. We'll focus on the next two weeks in Europe and hopefully we can come out on the good side of the result and progress. It's going to be tough, then we're back to the league," added the Wexford native, aware of the demands placed on the players by competing in Europe and domestically.

"To be fair, we parked the league for about three weeks when we had the break. This part of the season is a bit messy. We've a two week break for the Euros, then we've one game and there are games called off because of our European campaign. It's a bit messy but you've got to get on with it."

Looking ahead, Bolger hopes his side can keep pace with the league leaders. "Dundalk have been head and shoulders above everyone and you can say Cork were the next best for the last two years. But we're getting closer," he said.

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