Cork City FC will ‘welcome’ Roddy Collins’ Monaghan United to Turners Cross on Friday night with both clubs hoping to win their first game of the season at the seventh attempt.
Both sides have struggled to make the jump up from the First Division having mustered only two draws each with identical records. One imagines something will give this week.
While Cork manager Tommy Dunne will be most eager to register a three-pointer, surely it would be a little bit sweeter were he to get one over on the ever outspoken Monaghan (and briefly Cork City) boss Roddy Collins, having labelled Dunne as “a boy doing a man’s job” last season when he took over from Collins on Leeside.
Dunne has advised the faithful that, despite the terrible start, there is, as yet, no need to panic: “It is still very early in the season, so there is a long way to go and plenty of time for us to climb up the table. When you are in the middle of a rough spell, people need to dig in, do the basics right, work hard and let everyone in this division know that we are here, we want to stay and we are prepared to fight for it.
“We need to get our season going; it’s as simple and straightforward as that.”
Kalen Spillane looks set to return for the home side having recovered from a back injury. Stephen Mulcahy, Kevin Murray and Neal Horgan all remain sidelined with knee injuries. Aside from that, City have a clean bill of health following last Friday night’s defeat to Bohemians.