Cork City and Derry City meet in the first domestic final of the season when they clash in the EA Sports cup final at Turner’s Cross on Saturday at 6pm
This time last year both sides were involved in the First Division however 12 months on and it’s Derry and not Cork who have re-established themselves as a league of Ireland force to be reckoned with. The Candystripes are currently involved in a four horse race for the title and this tie included face 6 cup finals over the next couple of weeks.
Derry manager Stephen Kenny looks set to name a strong side for the final as the Northerner’s bid for a 10th success in this competition and with the chance to win a trophy not to mention the 10,000 euro up for grabs as well a place in next season’s Setanta Cup, there is plenty on offer for both sides.
So far in this competition Kenny has opted for youth over experience however given the importance of the occasion the former Dunfermline managed has indicated that Kevin Deery is just one of a number of first teamers that could start.
One man who won’t be involved is Danny Lafferty who is suspended for while Owen Morrison is also out because of injury. Derry also have fitness doubts over Shane McEleney and Eddie McCallion.
Cork meanwhile will be without Daryl Horgan who is cup-tied, while Neal Horgan continues to be struggle with a knee injury. Gearóid Morrissey (ankle) and full-back Ian Turner (hamstring) are both also rated as doubtful.
Speaking ahead of the game, Cork City manager Tommy Dunne said: “Derry are flying high this season, and are showing the benefits of having stability and continuity at the club. They have some extremely good players, but when all is said and done, both teams can only put eleven players on the pitch.”
“Our support has been fantastic over the last couple of seasons, and over the next month or so, that support will be more important than ever as we face into some really important games. Games like this give our supporters the opportunity to show just how big a club this is and to show the rest of the country that Cork City Football Club is alive and kicking.
Path to the final:
Semi final v Sligo 3-3 (5-3 on penalties)
Quarter final v UCD 3-0
2nd Round v Mervue United 2-1
1st Round v Salthill Devon 4-2
Semi final v Limerick 3-1
Quarter final v St Patricks Athletic 2-1
2nd Round v Wexford Youths 1-0