City look to extend run

Cork City will look to extend their 10-game unbeaten Airtricity League of Ireland Premier Division run when they host Shelbourne at Turner’s Cross tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).

Shels will look to get back to winning ways after their defeat by Drogheda last week.

City, who played friendlies against Watford and a Manchester United XI this week, have a concern over Gavin Kavanagh (foot) and Shane Duggan (illness) but are at full strength otherwise. Stephen Paisley is out through suspension but Barry Clancy returns to action after his own ban.

City boss Tommy Dunne: “We know how tough the game will be; we know Shelbourne will come down and will be looking to attack us from the first minute, so we need to make sure that we start well and give them the same back.”

Resurgent Drogheda United, with five wins in-a-row, can move within a point of leaders Sligo Rovers with victory over bottom of the table UCD at Hunky Dory Park tonight (7.45 pm). Manager Mick Cooke must plan without the suspended Gavin Brennan and Ryan Brennan, but Brian Gannon returns after a knee injury.

After their tame exit by Lithuanian side Ekranas in the Champions League, ex-Derry City boss Stephen Kenny will be hoping to end a run of three successive league draws when he takes his Shamrock Rovers side to the Brandywell (7.45pm). Rovers give late fitness tests to Ken Oman and Graham Gartland but still ruled out by injury is striker Aaron Greene.

Derry are minus the suspended Conor Murphy, but Ruaidhri Higgins returns after a one-match ban.

Bohemians will host Dundalk at Dalymount Park (7.45 pm). The Dublin club will be without the injured Dave Mulcahy and Dinny Corcoran while Dave Scully starts a five-match ban.

Caretaker Dundalk boss Darius Kierans, after home draws against Shamrock Rovers and Derry in his first two matches in charge, will be without the injured Liam Burns, Eoghan Osborne and Conor McDonalsd while both Ben McLaughlin and Paul Walsh face late fitness tests.

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