You have to go back 88 days to find the last time Cork City ended an SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match with three points. Summer has come and gone since, and alarmingly, a mini-revival by Finn Harps in the meantime has left the 2018 league and cup runners-up looking over their shoulders.
Having watched the epic unfold on television in the squad’s City West base, Irish U17 international Josh Giurgi took an important lesson away from Liverpool’s staging of the ‘Miracle Of Merseyside’ against Barcelona on Tuesday night and, in particular, the fact they pulled it off without any input from two of their most important players, Mo Salah and Roberto Firminho.
The first Munster derby of the new SSE Airtricity League Premier Division season is all about showing ‘bouncebackability’, with both Cork City and Waterford smarting from defeats on the opening night and anxious to get their first points on the board at Turner’s Cross this evening.
With Cork City not in action until tomorrow when they play host to Limerick, Dundalk will travel to Waterford this evening looking to convert their superior goal difference into a clear points advantage at the top of the Premier Division table.
The story goes that Jose Mourinho once hid in a laundry basket to brief his players covertly and get around a matchday suspension, but manager John Caulfield won’t be going to such lengths when Cork City host Sligo Rovers in their SSE Airtricity Premier Division clash at Turner’s Cross this evening (7.45pm).
With their ten-point lead at the top, Dundalk might already have one hand on the league trophy but as they head to Dalymount Park to take on Bohemians this evening, the defending champions know that they will be coming up against the only side to have inflicted a defeat on them in the league this season.
After last Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Oriel Park saw Dundalk retain their six-point advantage over Cork City, the top two in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division resume their title contest this evening, with the Lilywhites away to Bray Wanderers and the Rebels at home to Bohemians.
There was more good news for champions and league leaders Dundalk ahead of tonight’s game against Derry City at Oriel Park, with midfielder Richie Towell being named the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month for April.
League of Ireland: With leaders Dundalk not in action until tomorrow, Cork City and Shamrock Rovers will both be hoping to make at least temporary inroads into the champions’ lead in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division tonight.
HAVING served as director of Project Arts Centre for ten years, Willie White took the reins of the Dublin Theatre Festival in late 2011. He didn’t have to travel very far. The festival offices are located just a few yards from the Project in Temple Bar. But conceptually, the distance between the two jobs is more of a jump.
Still holding maximum points in the league, but smarting from defeat by Drogheda United in the Setanta Cup, champions Sligo Rovers travel to Richmond Park to take on third-placed St Patrick’s Athletic in the big game of the night in the Airtricity Premier Division (kick-off 7:05pm, live on RTE 2).
With Drogheda United contesting the EA Sports Cup final tomorrow, Sligo Rovers will seek to take advantage in the Airtricity League tonight by extending their lead at the top of the Premier Division to nine points when they take on Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds (kick off 7.05pm, live on RTÉ 2).