However, the club conceded that a “very small number of players” — the figure is believed to be four — “are still considering the proposed new terms and conditions, and need a little more time to review their situation”.
The Blues go into the match against First Division table-toppers Shelbourne on the back of two defeats, losing 2-0 to Cork City in the EA Sports Cup and by the same score to Galway FC in the league. Says midfielder Jack Doherty: “I’m 100% confident we can take all three points from the game on Friday night. The minute the players cross the white line, their focus is on the task and that is to win the game.”
In the SSE Airtricity Premier Division meanwhile, Cork City will be looking to put behind them the 4-0 trouncing by Dundalk when they travel to Richmond Park to take on St Patrick’s Athletic.
Before a ball has even been kicked, however, it’s advantage Pats, whose midfielder Chris Forrester has beaten Cork’s Billy Dennehy into second place to be named SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association Player of the Month for April. Among the five goals he scored last month, was a stunning strike against Drogheda United which Forrester described as “probably the best goal I’ve ever scored.”
While City focus on tonight’s game, it has been announced that they will play Championship side Birmingham City in a friendly fixture in July. The game, sponsored by Cork Airport, will take place at Turner’s Cross on July 8 at 7.45 pm and forms part of Birmingham’s pre-season preparations which will also include a training camp at the Fota Island Resort.
In tonight’s other Premier Division games, Bohemians host UCD in a Dublin derby, Bray are at home to Limerick, and Derry City host Shamrock Rovers at the Brandywell.
All tonight’s Airtricity League games kick off at 7.45pm.