Kilduff set to fire up under-performing City

Ciaran Kilduff is set to make his debut for Cork City as they host defending champions Sligo Rovers in tonight’s Premier Division clash at Turner’s Cross (7.45pm).

Kilduff arrives on loan this week from Shamrock Rovers and will fire up a City side with just one win in their last five league games.

Beaten 3-0 by UCD in the league at Belfield last Friday, and then going down by the same scoreline away to Drogheda United in the EA Sports Cup quarter-final on Monday, Cork boss Tommy Dunne must again plan without the injured Dan Murray, Kevin Murray, Darren Dennehy, Colin Healy and Brian Lenihan.

Both Gearoid Morrisey and Daryl Kavanagh will have late fitness tests.

Sligo, unbeaten in their last six games against Cork, know that they can move within a point of leaders St Patrick’s Athletic with victory. Anthony Elding returns after a four-match suspension while fellow striker David McMillan, signed from UCD earlier this week, could make his debut in attack.

Manager Ian Baraclough will be minus the injured Danny Ventre, Raffaele Cretaro and Aaron Greene while Pascal Milien is on international duty with Haiti.

Derry City, with two wins in four days against Bohemians, can draw level with Pat’s at the top of the table with victory over Dundalk at the Brandywell (7.45 pm).

Manager Declan Devine is without the injured Dermot McCaffrey and Thomas Crawley.

Ruaidihri Higgins and Sean Houston will have late fitness tests while Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny will not finalise his line-up until shortly before kick-off.

Shamrock Rovers are likely to give Libyan international Eamon Zayed his debut against one of his old clubs Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds (7.45pm). Zayed looks set to start if his international clearance comes through after his return from Iran’s Pro League.

Rovers, looking for a fifth league win in a row, have Jason McGuinness back from injury but ruled out is David Elebert.

Beaten 7-0 by the Hoops in April when the sides last met at Tallaght Stadium, Bray have David Webster suspended but Gary Dempsey returns after injury while there could be places in the panel for new signings Dwayne Wilson, Michael Brown, Sean Noble and ryan Coombes.

Bohemians have Dave Mulcahy back after illness and Derek Pender returns from suspension when they host newly-promoted Limerick at Dalymount Park (7.45pm). Both Ryan McEvoy and Ciaran Nangle have fitness tests.

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