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City look to bounce back after first defeat

Thursday, 3rd August, 2017 8:57am

Cork City FC suffered a disappointing reverse in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division this week, going down 1-0 to an improving Bohemians side. It was the home side's first defeat of the season, ruining their perfect record.

The surprise defeat was their first in 23 games, highlighting just how brilliant City have been. It came after the club beat Galway United 2-1 on Friday night, but City remain 17 points clear of Dundalk in second, with a game in hand.

After going out of Europe and losing two of their best players, Sean Maguire and Kevin O’Connor, it was also going to be difficult for City to keep up their performance levels.

Replacing Maguire, who was the main goalscorer but also a key creative force, will be manager John Caulfield's greatest task.

The Turner's Cross team signed no-one this week after the deadline window to sign players from other clubs closed. Teams can still sign free agents however.

After the game, John Caulfield said his team probably didn’t create enough chances.

“We had a few chances ourselves – not as many as we normally do have - but as I keep saying to the lads, we’re in the last third of the season and they have done fantastic. We lost tonight but we get to bounce back and now our most important game of the season is against Drogheda on Friday night.”

Cobh Ramblers may have suffered a disappointing defeat against table-toppers Waterford United but they had a better week off the pitch.

Manager Stephen Henderson and Assistant Manager Stuart Ashton have signed new deals at the club. The three year contract extensions will keep them at St Colman’s Park until the end of the 2020 season.

Cobh currently lie second in the SSE Airtricity League First Division, trailing Waterford United by nine points, who they lost to 2-0 in Waterford last Friday night. Despite this defeat, Cobh have enjoyed an excellent season. Ramblers chairman Bob Donovan said: “We’re absolutely delighted Stephen and Stuart have decided to extend their time at Cobh Ramblers. To sign a three year deal shows a huge belief in the project here at Ramblers, and I have no doubt Stephen and Stuart will continue and improve their already impressive work at the club.

“On behalf of everyone at the club I would like to thank them for all their hard work, and I’m very excited to see where they can bring Ramblers in the future. This news puts Ramblers on a very strong footing moving forward.”

Cobh also signed promising Cork City right-back John Kavanagh on loan until the end of the season. The former Ringmahon Rangers player has suffered a number of injury-plagued seasons since becoming a starter for City. He also has three U21 caps for Ireland.

• Cobh face Longford Town at St Colmans Park on Saturday night at 7.15pm.

• Cork City face Drogheda United at United Park on Friday night at 7.45pm.

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