Depleted Leesiders to try and emulate last season's success at Tolka

Cork City return to the scene of their memorable final day title success when they snatched the First Division crown from Shelbourne’s hands at Tolka Park.

Cork City return to the scene of their memorable final day title success when they snatched the First Division crown from Shelbourne’s hands at Tolka Park.

The Reds have got off to a far more settled start to life in the top flight than City but Cork were considered unfortunate losers to Sligo Rovers last week while Shels were off the boil in a comprehensive loss to Drogheda United.

Shels are without long-term injured duo Lorcan Fitzgerald and Stephen Hurley while Stephen Paisley is suspended.

Shelbourne manager Alan Mathews: "Both clubs have come back from the wilderness of the First Division, and it’s a game we are really looking forward to.

"Playing Cork at home is one of the big games of the season and should see two sides eager to play the game in the right manner."

Cork City defender John Dunleavy is ruled out for the next couple of weeks (knee) while Gearóid Morrissey (back), Shane O’Connor (foot) and Jamie Murphy (ankle) are doubts.

Stephen Mulcahy, Kevin Murray and Neal Horgan all remain sidelined with knee injuries.

City manager Tommy Dunne recognises that his side have a tough task ahead of them tonight.

Dunne said: "Tolka Park is always a tough place to go, and games between ourselves and Shelbourne there have always been tight affairs over the last couple of years.

"Although they suffered a defeat last week, they have started the season quite well and they have been more competitive than us up to now.

"Alan Mathews has put a good squad together there, but we are going up there with the intention of trying to pick up something out of the game, though it will be a tough game for us."

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