Dunne: United visit ‘a welcome boost’

It’s the Rebels versus the Reds, as Cork City welcome Manchester United to Turner’s Cross for a friendly game on Wednesday, July 25 (7.45pm).

With Alex Ferguson and his first team squad on overseas duty, it will be essentially a United reserves side which comes to Cork but one which could include highly-rated young Irish international Robbie Brady and other notable fringe talent at Old Trafford.

City manager Tommy Dunne has called the game “a welcome boost” for the club, especially with the loss of home revenue following Monaghan United’s withdrawal from the league.

Tickets for the United game are available online from Ticketmaster and from the Cork City club office in Bishopstown and will also be available at Turner’s Cross tomorrow, as City take on Bohemians in the Airtricity League Premier Division (kick off, 6pm).

“We will face a Bohemians side who will be high on confidence after their 4-0 win over Shamrock Rovers,” said Dunne.

“They showed in that game just how good they are, so we know it will be a tough test for us, but we are looking forward to it.”

Bohs travel to Cork having shipped some damage in their Europa League scoreless draw with Thor AK on Thursday.

Midfielder Dave Mulcahy is unlikely to feature against his old club as he nurses a knock while Owen Heary and Luke Byrne face late fitness tests. Dinny Corcoran remains out with a shoulder injury incurred in last weekend’s victory over Rovers.

In the wake of that Bohs drubbing, under pressure Hoops boss Stephen Kenny is hoping for a big reaction from his side when they take on St Patrick’s Athletic tomorrow at Tallaght Stadium (3pm).

“We let ourselves down last week, everyone knows that,” said Kenny. “But we have to move on. Our home form has been good this year, and we are unbeaten in the league in Tallaght. I am looking for a strong performance from the team and, of course, a victory.”

Following Thursday’s Europa League 1-0 win over IBV, Pats boss Liam Buckley will assess the players’ fitness before considering making any changes to his side for the game against the champions.

“I’m sure there will be a reaction from Rovers from last week’s game, bearing in mind that the worst result they can have is getting beaten by Bohs,” said Buckley. “But I’m not overly concerned about them as we need to regroup, make sure our lads are well rested and go up there and try and beat them.”

Before that, today sees Sligo Rovers with the chance to extend their lead in the Premier Division to seven points over Pats when they host struggling Bray Wanderers at The Showgrounds. The game, which will be shown live on RTÉ Two, has a 3.45pm kick-off.

Also today, the Airtricity League First Division has three fixtures: SD Galway v Wexford Youths, Drom (7pm), Longford Town v Athlone Town, Flancare Park (7.30pm) and Finn Harps v Mervue United, Finn Park (7.45pm).

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