Shamrock Rovers host Cork City at Tallaght Stadium on Friday night (kick off 8pm) for their final league game before the mid season break.
City continued their recent good league form into the FAI Cup last week, as they recovered from an early setback to thrash Athlone Town 6-1 at Turner’s Cross. City drew 1-1 with Rovers at Turner’s Cross early on in the season, with Rovers needing a last gasp Gary Twigg goal to rescue a point.
Cork City boss Tommy Dunne returns to the club he played with and told CorkCityFC.net: “We performed reasonably well against Rovers in our previous meeting; they had quite a bit of possession, but we possibly had the more clear-cut chances on the night. I think we are a better side now than we were then.”
“We realise that it will be a tough ask, so we need to start the game well, and move the ball around. I think if we play to our potential and cut out the mistakes that have hurt us on a number of occasions this season, then we will give ourselves a good chance of getting a positive result.”
Shane O’Connor (foot) and knee injury victims Stephen Mulcahy, Kevin Murray and Neal Horgan are all still sidelined, but Jamie Murphy has returned to training this week and will be available. Dan Murray continues to struggle with a groin injury, but will be available if required. Dunne also has doubts over the availability of Colin Healy and Gearóid Morrissey, who have groin injuries, but will assess the pair at training this evening. A more serious concern for the City manager is Davin O’Neill, who has a hip injury and is rated as extremely doubtful.
Hoops boss, Stephen Kenny said: “We have only conceded one goal in the last three games, and that was a late consolation when we were winning well against Drogheda. That is a result of us tightening up at the back and we will be looking to keep another clean sheet tomorrow night.
“We are expecting a tough game against Cork, but it is important that we get a good result. We have to concentrate on ourselves and play the way we know we can. Obviously with the game coming just before the break everyone will be looking for a win, and we are no different.”
Shamrock Rovers Injury News: Ciaran Kilduff (metatarsal) remains out of the Hoops squad, while Sean Gannon is also out with an ankle injury and Ken Oman is sidelined with a hamstring problem.
Last League Game: Monaghan United 0-0 Shamrock Rovers
League Form: D W W D D D
Cork City Injury News: Stephen Mulcahy, Kevin Murray, Neal Horgan, Shane O’Connor, Dan Murray, Gearóid Morrissey, Colin Healy, Davin O’Neill are all set to be sidelined.
Suspensions: Danny Murphy
Last League Game: Drogheda United 1-1 Cork City
League Form: L D L W L W W D W D