But not before another three points are secured against Bray Wanderers at Turner’s Cross tonight, insists first team coach, John Cotter.
Second-in-the-table Cork have six wins from their eight league games at home this season and Cotter knows they will have to be patient in trying to break down a Bray side that has been revitalised under new manager Trevor Croly.
“Trevor Croly has them well-organised, they’re hard to beat and they’ve had some good results since he came in,” said Cotter. “I’ve no doubt they’ll come down to make it hard for us, they’ll sit behind the ball and the challenge for us is to break them down. It’s up to us to take the game to them.
“We’ll treat it just as we have every other game and we will not underestimate anyone. It’s another huge game for us. Hopefully, we’ll go out and perform, get the three points and then enjoy the break.” Fit-again Alan Bennett is set to partner Dan Murray in central defence in the absence of the suspended Darren Dennehy. Captain John Dunleavy and winger Kieran Djilali remain out injured.
Suspension deprives Bray of Peter McGlynn while fellow winger Adam Hanlon is out with a knee injury.
With Paddy Barrett suspended following his red card in a first defeat of the season to Bohemians last week, Brian Gartland comes back into Dundalk’s central defence following a hamstring injury as the champions and league leaders travel to Sligo Rovers.
Left-back Dane Massey is a slight concern with a hip injury but expects to be passed fit. There was still no official confirmation from Sligo yesterday that they’ve parted company with manager Owen Heary, despite reports since last weekend that he is indeed gone.
It’s understood Joseph Ndo will take charge of the side tonight. Defender Jeff Henderson (foot) remains out while a hip problem is likely to sideline midfielder John Russell as well.
Bohemians manager Keith Long says his players haven’t pondered on Tuesday’s 3-1 defeat at St Pat’s Athletic as they can’t wait to welcome Shamrock Rovers for another Dublin derby.
It’s been a demanding schedule for Bohemians, beginning last Friday when they ended Dundalk’s unbeaten start to the season before dropping their performance level against a reinvigorated St. Pat’s.
“We’re not in bad form because of one defeat. We’ve to put Tuesday’s loss behind us, and I expect the players to put in a big performance against our fiercest rivals,” said Long.
Long has central defender Stephen Best, as well as midfielder Dave Mulcahy, back fit, while Anto Murphy may also be over an ankle injury to be available for selection. Derek Pender and Marc Griffin are out long-term while Paddy Kavanagh, Dan Byrne and Robbie Creevy are also out injured.
High-scoring home wins over Sligo Rovers and Derry City has Pat Fenlon’s Rovers in their best form of the season, though they travel to Phibsborough without leading scorer Mikey Drennan who is suspended following his sending off against Derry on Monday night.
“With Mikey we’d found a little combination that we’re going to have to disrupt a little,” said Fenlon who remains without the injured Keith Fahey, Danny North and Max Blanchard, while winger Sean O’Connor is gone for the season following surgery on a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Bohemians v Shamrock Rovers (RTÉ2, 7.35pm;) Cork City v Bray Wanderers; Drogheda United v Derry City; Longford Town v Galway United; St. Patrick’s Athletic v Limerick; Sligo Rovers v Dundalk.
: Cabinteely v Athlone Town Finn Harps v Wexford Youths (8pm) Shelbourne v Cobh Ramblers Waterford United v UCD.