Cork City hoping for a Dundalk ‘hangover’

Cork City hope they find Dundalk suffering from a European hangover of the ‘what did I do last night?’ kind when they take on the champions and league leaders in a much anticipated top of the table clash at Oriel Park tomorrow (6pm).

Cork City hoping for a Dundalk ‘hangover’

In second place behind the Lilywhites in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, the visitors go into the game looking for a fifth league win on the trot that would cut the gap at the top to just three points.

Says City first team coach John Cotter: “These are the games you want to be involved in, a top of the table clash. Dundalk are a good side, they’ve been top of the table most of this year and they have good players, and I have no doubt they will respond (to going out of Europe).

“We will just concentrate on ourselves, prepare right, stick to our own gameplan and try to win the game.”

Colin Healy returns from suspension for Cork, but Kieran Djilali, John Kavanagh and Billy Dennehy will definitely miss out while Darren Dennehy is rated as 50-50.

Home manager Stephen Kenny has a full squad to choose from, as his side look to put the pain of their European exit to BATE Borisov behind them.

“We are disappointed we couldn’t get through but that’s the way it went,” says defender Sean Gannon. “We didn’t want a moral victory but we have to push on in the league, we have to bounce back.

“Cork City are a very good side. We had a really tough game against them in Cork earlier in the season but we managed to get the win, They ran us all the way last year but we are playing well, we are ready for them and are good at home, so hopefully we can keep that going and kick on properly in the league.”

In tomorrow’s other Premier Division game, Shamrock Rovers host bottom of the table Limerick at Tallaght Stadium (4pm) while, in the First Division, UCD — like the Hoops and Dundalk — will be looking to recover from defeat in Europe when they host Finn Harps at the UCD Bowl (7pm).

Before all that, today’s fixtures see Longford Town at home to Drogheda United in the top flight (City Calling Stadium, 7.30pm) while Cobh Ramblers host Cabinteely in the First Division (St Colman’s Park, 7.45pm).

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