Cork news ahead of start of Airtricity League season

Updated: March 2, 2012

Cork City make their return to the Premier Division tomorrow night, as they face UCD at the Belfield Bowl.

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Speaking ahead of his side’s final training session today, City boss Tommy Dunne said that it will be a difficult opening fixture for his side: “For myself, for the team and for everyone involved with the club, we are delighted to be back in the Premier Division pitting our wits against good teams. To be truthful, an away fixture against UCD would not have been the fixture I would have chosen for our first game back in the Premier, as they are always strong at home and will be tough opponents.”

“They finished last season with five wins out of six at home, with their only defeat coming after a late goal by Shamrock Rovers, so that goes to show just how strong they are. Martin Russell always has his teams in good condition, and they always play good football, so we are under no illusions as to how tough it will be. It is a big pitch at Belfield and that will suit both teams, as we both like to get the ball down and play.”

“We’ve got good players, a good squad, albeit not the biggest, but overall we are happy to be back in the Premier and we are all looking forward to the game and the season as a whole.”

Dunne has a number of injury doubts going into the tie. Stephen Mulcahy, Kevin Murray and Neal Horgan all remain sidelined with knee injuries, however Jamie Murphy will be back in the squad after recovering from a back injury. There are also doubts over Tadhg Purcell (groin) and Davin O’Neill (knee), but Dunne is hopeful that both will train this evening and will be available for selection.

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