Cork City FC went into the current League of Ireland season with great expectations. Promoted, having topped the First Division the previous year, the club had completed its rebirth following the financial meltdown of 2010, becoming League Cup finalists along the way. They had finished that season very strongly, unbeaten in their final fourteen league games.
Back in the Premier Division, which they had last won in 2005, predictions for Cork City’s standings were almost uniformly positive: mid-table seemed to be the most conservative of predictions from most, with some suggesting that a challenge for potential European places might not be too unreasonable.
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