Champions versus Champions, Cork versus Dublin.
The old rivalry that is Cork City FC versus Shamrock Rovers FC will once again be played out this Friday 16 Match at 7.05pm.
The Rebel Army go into Friday night’s fixture in Turners Cross with reigning champions Shamrock Rovers on the back of two straight defeats. This is in stark contrast to Shamrock Rovers who have taken maximum points from their opening two fixtures. The Tallaght men come into the game with plenty of confidence having dispatched Monaghan United 3-1 in Tallaght, while they also earned a hard fought 2-1 away victory to Drogheda United in the Airtricity League Premier Division curtain opener.
City will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Drogheda Untied in last Friday’s home fixture, in which a crowd of nearly 4000 saw their home team reduced to ten men and subsequently lost a two goal lead against the tribesmen. This defeat followed a 1-0 away loss to UCD at the Belfield Bowl in City’s first premier division game back in the topflight for two years.
The Tallaght outfit will show no mercy in defensive lapses, and that is an area that needs working on says Tommy Dunne, “We did some stupid things at the wrong times and we will just have to eradicate the mistakes and get ourselves right for Rovers now.”
City will be without the suspended Shane Duggan, as the influential midfielder was shown a straight red for pushing Brian Gannon of Drogheda United in the chest during last week’s encounter. Cathal Lordan will most likely step into the team to partner Morrissey in Duggan’s absence. Collin Healy will also be missing for City, with the former Ireland international sidelined with a knee injury for up to six weeks. New loan signing Tadgh Purcell looks like he’ll have to be content with a starting place on the substitutes bench with Vinny O’Sullivan looking like he’s set to maintain his starting berth. Gary O’Neill looks set to lead the line for the travelling Dubliners, with Gary Twigg reported to be struggling with a calf injury. A decision will be made about the prolific Scots man before kick off. Former City winger, Billy Dennehy will most likely be in the starting 11, with a fine performance and a goal to boot after last week’s victory over Monaghan United.
Supporters are being urged to get their tickets in advance of kick off for the game Friday night. Tickets are priced at €12 for adults and €5 for children/senior citizens. They can be purchased from the club shop in Douglas Village Shopping Centre, the Ticketmaster kiosk in Merchants Quay, as well as online with Ticketmaster. Match tickets will also be available from the Horseshow Inn next to the ground from Thursday onward.
City’s probable starting 11: McNulty, Dunleavy, Murray, Kavanagh, D.Murphy, O’Connor, Morrissey, Lordan, D.Horgan, O’Neill, O’Sullivan.
Kick off time: 7.05pm live on RTÉ 2.
Match prediction- One all draw.