Sheppard's delight as City go six points clear
Cork City are trying to keep their focus even though they have made a big statement about their intentions for the 2017 by opening up a six-point lead at the top of the league table.
After three successive league title wins, Dundalk are already in a battle to win it again this term after a 2-1 loss away to Cork, a second defeat for Dundalk. For the first time in six games this term, Sean Maguire didn't score for Cork as Portmarnock lad Karl Sheppard claimed both goals in a big win for City.
"It was a good three points, it's a good start to the season but that's all it is," says City boss John Caulfield.
"We have introduced a lot of new players and for the first time in a long time, we are in there, at the top, early on. You will go through periods where you have a difficult patch, a lot of the time we have been playing catch-up but now we have to try and stay there.
"It was a good crowd and it was great to have that, if we could only have that all the time, 7,000 people at a game, it would be great."
Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny bemoaned some decisions which went against his side.
"This was a disappointing night for us. I think it was a harsh one to lose. There's definitely room for improvement in our play but at the same time I still didn't think we deserved to lose the game," said Kenny, now preparing for Friday's local derby at home to Drogheda United.
"A couple of key decisions influenced the game but we'll just have to accept that and get ready for Friday."