Sponsors on board but City suffer player blow

FLEDGING Cork club Cork City Foras Co-op suffered a triple blow on the playing front yesterday but were later boosted by the news of three new sponsorship deals.

Early in the day the new club were hit with the news that three players they wished to sign, Admir Softic along with striker Declan Edwards and Italian full-back Samuele Emiliano, did not receive international clearance and are ineligible to join the club. The players’ contractual situation at their previous clubs, which came to light after the request for international clearance was made, meant that the players were not eligible to sign for the club after the transfer window closed.

City boss Tommy Dunne confirmed last night that he is in talks with two players in Finland and another two in Cork. The City boss has done a remarkable job already in putting together a squad in such a short space of time and earning a point against all the odds in Derry last Friday night. However, Dunne currently has only 14 registered players for Friday’s eagerly awaited Munster derby clash with promotion hopefuls Waterford United at Turner’s Cross.

But there was a huge boost for the club last night with general manager Kevin Mullen announcing that Beamish, Fota Wildlife Park and Red FM will sponsor the team this season.

Meanwhile the draw for the FAI Umbro Intermediate Cup semi-finals were made last night.

Cork’s Avondale United will host Dublin’s Tolka Rovers, while Rockmount AFC will host either Crumlin United or Bluebell United – both of last year’s finalists. Also decided at the draw was the line-up for the final as the winner of Rockmount v Crumlin/Bluebell United semi-final will be given home advantage in their own area but not at the clubs home venue.

Avondale and Rockmount were also paired in the FAI Ford Senior Challenge Cup.

FAI Ford Senior Challenge Cup (First Round): 1. Tolka Rovers v Wayside Celtic, 2. Crumlin United v Drogheda Town, 3. Dublin Bus v Cobh Ramblers, 4. Cherry Orchard v Tullamore Town, 5. Bonagee United v Willow Park/Clonmel United. (Fixtures to be played week ending, Sunday March 21).

FAI Ford Senior Challenge Cup (Second Round Draw): Winner of Match 4 v Fairview Rangers/Kilmallock, Malahide United v Douglas Hall, Fanad United v Winner of Match 3, Bluebell United v St. Michael’s/Pike Rovers, Rockmount v Avondale United, Winners of Match 5 v Winner of Match 2, Regional United/Shangan Athletic v Belgrove, Glenville v UCC, Tralee Dynamos v Winner of Match 1, FC Carlow v Castlebar Celtic. (Fixtures to be played week ending, Sunday May 16).

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