Cork’s first team coach, John Cotter, concedes that the Rebels had a “disappointing” start to the game against Wexford at Turner’s Cross and, even after belatedly getting into their stride, it took a late goal from Mark O’Sullivan to salvage a point.
“We gave the initiative to Wexford,” he says, “but from the second half on, with the chances we created, the tempo we played at was a lot higher, and on another night we could have had a few more goals — but you have to take those chances.”
City have a number of injury concerns for their trip to Galway, with Kevin O’Connor, Alan Bennett, Mark O’Sullivan, and Danny Morrissey all facing checks on their fitness.
The Tribesmen rate Enda Curran (groin) and winger Kevin Devaney (leg infection) as doubtful, and although Armin Aganovic (knee) has returned to full training, he won’t be considered for selection just yet.
Against the club he formerly managed and whom he considers “champion candidates”, Galway boss Tommy Dunne is expecting a stiff test of his side’s 100% home record. “It will be a good match against Cork City, it’ll be a proper game, hopefully end-to-end stuff.”
In Dublin, it’s the big derby night as Bohemians host Shamrock Rovers at Dalymount Park, with the fifth-placed visitors smarting from a 3-0 defeat in Derry last time out. Keith Long is relishing the renewal of an old rivalry, but is anxious his team plays the game and not the occasion.
“When the fixtures come out, this is the game that fans and players all look forward to,” he says. “We all understand that. We all want to be involved in and win these kind of games. Ultimately though it’s the same three points up for grabs as last week against Bray Wanderers and the same three points up for grabs against Derry City next week.”
Champions Dundalk — joint league leaders with Derry — are at home to a Sligo Rovers side who have recently shown signs of steadying the ship, while St Patrick’s Athletic entertain Wexford Youths. Finn Harps are at home to Bray Wanderers.
In the First Division, UCD host Drogheda United and Waterford United are at home to Shelbourne. Waterford yesterday confirmed a registration glitch means Roddy Collins Jr and Yoann Fellrath will not be eligible to play for the club until July 1.
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