O’ Flynn may miss out through injury

CORK CITY have injury concerns about the fitness of leading goal-scorer John O’Flynn who may be forced to miss tonight’s important eircom league tie against Bohemians at Dalymount Park.

O’Flynn suffered a groin injury in training this week and will have to undergo a fitness test before the game.

The 19 years old striker and his centre-forward partner, George O’Callaghan, have formed the most prolific strike force in the League this season and his loss would be a grievous blow against such an experienced team as Bohs.

O’Flynn, who was with Peterborough before he returned home this Summer, has scored ten goals in eight matches for Cork.

Said team manager Liam Murphy: “We are concerned about his fitness and he will not play if he is not right. He is young so he should heal quickly and we will wait as long as we can before we make a decision.” Colin P. O’Brien will deputise if necessary.

O’Flynn and O’Callaghan have brought a smile back to the face of Cork soccer by their skilful football and their deadly finishing. Cork football teams have always enjoyed their best days when they had effective partnerships up front.

In the late ’60’ and ’70’s Cork Celtic flourished when Donal Leahy and Austin Noonan worked their magic while Cork Hibs followed on when they had the late Dave Wigginton and Carl Davenport in tandem. In more recent years John Caulfield and Pat Morley dovetailed to perfection.

The goals have flowed freely for Cork at Turner’s Cross this season but they still have to pass their big test away from home. A loss to Drogheda in the League and a draw with first division Monaghan in the Cup meant they still have to pass that test.

The Dealymount meeting with Bohemians will be decisive in this regard and they are confident. Said manager Murphy: “We believe we have no reason to fear any team. We have been playing good football since the start of the season and scoring goals and in all our matches, including the away ones, we have created lots of chances.

“Obviously it will be a difficult match because they have a very experienced team and they are strong in midfield with Hunt, Caffrey, Rutherford and Bobby Ryan among their players.

An interesting side issue is presented by the presence in the Bohs defence of Derek Coughlan, who gave Cork such outstanding service over the past five seasons. Coughlan, whose strength in the air has been missed by Cork, will play a central role for Bohs in the continued absence of Trevor Hawkins.

Bohs’ manager Stephen Kenny rates as one of the most shrewd coaches in the League and it is certain that he will have detailed knowledge of Cork’s strengths. They currently lead the League with 14 points from six games and while Cork can jump a point ahead of them if they win here, one suspects they will do well to share the points.

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