This is Cork City’s 23rd two-legged European tie, with only two of the previous 22 having finished level on aggregate.
In 1993, against Cwmbran Town of Wales and 2005 against Sweden’s Djurgårdens, the Rebel Army prevailed on the away-goals rule. While only a 1-1 draw tonight would necessitate a penalty shootout, John Caulfield has ensured that City will be ready should they be required.
While he didn’t go into too much detail, he revealed that the team use a method in training which aims to replicate the kind of pressure which would be present in the real thing.
“We always practice them,” he said. “We got a very good idea a couple of months ago and we practice them all the time. Obviously, we’ve missed a few in our league games so we’ve looked at our concentration.
“We practice them all the time with everyone, we have a certain protocol the way we do them so that there’s pressure on when we do them at training.
“It’s a good idea we got from somewhere and it has worked quite well. Seánie has got three out of three since we started doing them and it’s funny, at training the lads don’t really miss, it’s very good. We do them every week, at least once a week.”
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