Cork City FC will be looking to pick up their first win of the season against Bray Wanderers at Turner Cross (kick-off 7:45pm).
City were denied three points thanks to a 94th minute equalizer from champions Shamrock Rovers in their last home game. Though they lost 2-0 in Derry last Friday, the Rebel Army will go into this game on the back of a confidence boosting 5-1 win over Wexford Youths on Monday night. Cork will now look to kick on in the league having mustered just one point (the aforementioned 1-1 draw with the champions) from four starts.
Bray have one win this term; that a 2-3 away triumph over Cork City’s bogey team UCD. Cork of course lost 1-0 to the students with a tepid performance on the opening day of the season.
City midfielder Shane Duggan returns from suspension following a three match ban he received for red card against Drogheda. Kevin Murray, Neal Horgan and Stephen Mulcahy will all miss out for the hosts who are all suffering from knee injuries. John Dunleavy is unlikely to be fit as he is still recuperating from flu. For the visitors; Dane Massey is suspended having become Bray’s third player to be sent off in four games this season for an off-the-ball incident during last week’s 2-4 home defeat to Drogheda. Shane O’Connor and Stephen Brennan remain on the injured list.
Speaking ahead of the match, Cork City manager Tommy Dunne said: “We need to be positive and play at a good tempo in order to try and win the match. It is still early in the season, and nothing is decided at this point, but we want to get that first win under our belts.”
Bray’s veteran Director of Football Pat Devlin speaking of the clash stated: ”It’s great that Cork are back in the Premier Division. Turner’s Cross is a great place to go to play football and let’s hope the lads will respond after the disappointment of last week.”