Woods the only doubt as City look for first home win

BILLY WOODS is a doubt for tonight's eircom League Premier Division game between Cork City and Drogheda United at Turner's Cross.

Cork boss Damien Richardson will give Woods a late fitness test but believes that Danny Murphy is fit after a hamstring problem.

Striker John O'Flynn is also back in contention, but with Denis Behan and Kevin Doyle doing well, Richardson has a pleasant selection headache.

"We've got good players in the team and good players out of the team looking to get in. It's the perfect way to be," says Richardson, who wants his side to replicate their away form; Cork have yet to register a home league win. "We have to win at Turner's Cross to keep our supporters happy because you're never going to win all your away games. It's a compliment that teams are coming to Turner's Cross to defend."

Drogheda United come to Turner's Cross with a win over Shamrock Rovers under their belt, while there are reports linking them to former Millwall star Richard Sadlier, whose career appeared to have ended prematurely by injury.

Derry City look set to copper-fasten their position at the top of the league when they host out-of-form Shamrock Rovers at the Brandywell. Derry have midfielders Eamon Doherty and Kevin Deery back to fitness but may pick impressive teenager Ruaidhri Higgins as the holding midfielder.

Mark Rutherford returns for the Hoops after two weeks off with a thigh strain, but Willo McDonagh and Jason McGuinness are doubtful.

Also tonight, Bray Wanderers host Waterford United, and Paul Crowley (groin) and captain John Frost (thigh) are definitely out for the Blues, whose player-manager Alan Reynolds may shake things up: "We were all disappointed with last week and I might make a few changes to freshen it up."

Bray, unchanged from last week's loss at Longford, will be looking to maintain an unbeaten home record against a side yet to pick up an away point.

Bohemians are at home to bottom side Finn Harps, and the Dalymount club are struggling. They haven't scored in four games and need to halt a three-match losing sequence. However, Harps boss Felix Healy insists his side are better than bottom place indicates: "Anyone who saw that match (against Derry) will know that we are in a false position," Healy said.

St Patrick's Athletic welcome back Gerard Rowe for their clash with bogey team UCD at Richmond Park - Pats have only beaten the Belfield side once in their last ten meetings. UCD had their first win of the season last week against Waterford and have added 18-year-old striker Paul Byrne to the squad.

In the First Division, Galway United's new commercial manager Nick Leeson can oversee developments at Terryland Park for the visit of Kildare County (k.o 7:30). Other games start at 7.45pm.

History will be made at Turner's Cross tonight as Scottish Football Association referee Brian Winter takes charge of the Cork City and Drogheda United game, the first time a match official from another association has refereed in the eircom League.

In return, eircom League referee Neil Doyle will officiate at the Queen's Park-Elgin City match at Hampden Park on April 30. Similarly, Paul Tuite will referee the Newry v Lisburn Distillery Irish League match this Saturday with IFA referee Ken Ginnett taking charge of the Drogheda v Shelbourne game on May 13. This is part of a UEFA-supported reciprocal arrangement between the FAI and other associations and it is hoped to widen the programme to include the Football Association of Wales.

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