Thursday 17 January 2019

Cork City hopeful of crowd boost

Cork City’s John Caulfield. Pic: Sportsfile
Cork City’s John Caulfield. Pic: Sportsfile

Challenging their rivals for the Premier Division title is one thing but Cork City believe they can win the battle of the gates this season as City try to end that 12-year wait for a league title.

The loyalty, and wallets, of Cork fans would have been tested by last week's 900km round trip to Donegal to see City play Finn Harps but fans should flow through the turnstiles at Turner's Cross tonight as the FAI Cup holders take on Galway United.

Crowds were a big talking point on the opening night of the league as too many fans, and not enough turnstile operators left us with the unusual sight of queues outside grounds like Dalymount Park and the Markets Field.

Cork had over 4,000 fans in for the first home league game of last season and boss John Caulfield is keen to see that continue.

"We had over three thousand at the President's Cup so, for the first league game at home, on the back of last week's win, we hope to have a big crowd," says Caulfield. "I think the crowd have taken to the team since the (FAI) Cup victory.

"It is an exciting team and, in the history of this club, there are periods where things are down and then there are periods when things are good and, at the moment, I think this is a good time.

"For the supporters, I think this team is an exciting one which will score goals and a good one to watch. I think teams will come down here to try and catch us on the break, so we need our supporters to get behind us and make as much noise as possible," added Caullfield.

Meanwhile, Bray Wanderers boss Harry Kenny will look for more of the same from his side as they try to build on last week's win over St Pat's.

"The players were very disciplined and professional and showed a great desire to achieve the result. It's three points and a good start to the season and we now look forward to the visit of Finn Harps at the Carlisle Grounds," said Kenny.

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