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City face Cup test after Harps win

Wednesday, 23rd August, 2017 6:00pm

On Monday night, City were delighted to take all three points home from Donegal after beating Finn Harps 1-0, a result that means City need only five more points to secure their first premier division title since 2005.

Garry Buckley scrambled home a second half winner, following a great Ryan Delaney header that hit the post, against a resolute Harps side that featured former City player Danny Morrissey.

City face First Division side Athlone Town as they bid to retain the FAI Cup and do the double, assuming they do pick up the five points they need from their last six league games. On Friday night, City fell to only their second league defeat of the season after Sligo Rovers won all three points at Turner’s Cross with a 1-0 win.

Speaking to media after the game in Donegal, manager John Caulfield said: “We’ve only dropped one point in two months, which shows how great these guys have been. The most important thing for us is that our character was questioned – the management never doubted these guys, because they’re fantastic guys.

“We said before the game, after Friday night’s game – get back to basics, control the game, pass it brilliantly, and while we only got the one goal, we’re very happy with the three points,” he added.

• Cork City face Athlone Town on Friday night at 7.45pm at Turner’s Cross in the second round of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Senior Cup.

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